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My name is Brigid (rhymes with frigid and rigid–two horrible words to rhyme with!). I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, practicing functional medicine at the Center for Functional Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. As one of the original clinicians of the department, I have had the opportunity to work with nearly 2,000 functional medicine patients and observe the profound impact that food and diet can have on a person’s journey to wellness and healing.
I have dedicated my education and training to helping others create health in their own bodies. I pursued this career path after being a patient in functional medicine over 10 years ago and personally experiencing profound improvements in my health after making dietary changes. At the time no one even knew what functional medicine was. People had NO idea what gluten was and there were about 5 gluten-free foods sold in grocery stores (Mary’s Gone Crackers and Bob’s Red Mill were 2 of the 5). I knew at a very young age that this was my calling. I believe that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to make informed lifestyle choices, specifically in regard to the foods that we choose to feed our body.
Prior to working in functional medicine, I worked for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in its Center for Lifestyle Medicine. I contributed to writing and research initiatives for local and national media outlets and developed presentations. I also provided corporate wellness services to clients of Cleveland Clinic’s wellness enterprise creating nutrition strategies, analyzing cafeteria menus and presenting on nutrition-related topics. I have published dozens of health and nutrition articles for U.S. News & World Report, the Huffington Post, Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, YouBeauty, ivillage and Stack magazine.
I completed my dietetic internship training and received a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I am currently completing my functional medicine training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and additional training with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy.
This blog was created as a way to share nutrition information and recipes to help you make healthier lifestyle choices without feeling lost or confused. The truth is that nutrition is not one size fits all. You need to find what works best for you by listening to your body and being in tune with your food preferences. My hope is that this blog helps you move forward on your own journey to wellness and healing!