● To enhance the knowledge and understanding about food, nutrition and lifestyle cultures
that positively impact one’s health.
● To connect nutrition professionals from around the world to people in need of their services and create sustainable matches that will enhance the health and well-being of individuals.
● To grow as a news/media wellness portal that focuses on delivering the following:
○ Youtube channel Indigenous Nutritionist & Co
○ Podcast of interviews with various dietitians, chefs, and food advocates from around the world.
○ Blog of various travel and wellness-related topics, categorized by location.
○ Global Dietitian Directory of dietitians and licensed nutritionists based on location and
● To help individuals by means of:
○ 1:1 nutrition counseling via telehealth focusing on women’s health, fertility, fitness, and epigenetics
○ Cultural Programs based on different areas around the world. Kelly’s premier program will be based on France, C’est la vie! This will be a 4-week program in which you will meet with Kelly once in the beginning and once upon completion. There will be a mix of video, readings, handouts, and (fun) quizzes to help you learn more and live healthier and happier.
Kelly grew up in a small town in central Maine. In 2004 she moved to Germany to be an Au Pair
and was in awe of the difference in food culture and lifestyle. It was this pivotal point in her life
that guided her towards a career path in health and wellness. Upon her return to the states, she
pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Southern Maine.
The move to The Big Apple
In 2009 she made the move to The Big Apple where she earned a Master’s Degree in
Clínical Nutrition & Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship, both through New York
University. While the classroom instruction was profoundly beneficial it was the experience in
the hospital, food service kitchens, and community that helped to expand her knowledge to a
new level. Working alongside a mentor who is a leader in the “nutripreneur” movement she was
provided with a glimpse of the different avenues in which she could take her skills and
knowledge beyond its traditional hospital grounds.
Her work so far
She has worked in various neighborhoods in NYC in areas such as employee wellness,
HIV/AIDS nutrition care, gestational diabetes, and prenatal nutrition. She was
introduced to telehealth in 2014 and is working as an independent contractor focusing on
women’s health, sports/fitness nutrition, weight management, and general well-being. In 2016
she was recruited to the United Arab Emirates for work and moved there in January 2017. After
completing 3 years between Abu Dhabi and Dubai as a manager, consultant, researcher and Pilates Teacher she returned back to NYC. Kelly enjoys volunteer work and has volunteered at various locations including soup kitchens in her home state of Maine and her current home in NYC, cacao farming in the hill tribes of Mindanao, refugee support in Paris, and teaching Pilates at Dubai Foundation for Women and Children in the UAE.
Kelly’s approach to working with clients includes evidence-based research outcomes combined
with common sense and a sense of humor. Research has shown a rise in anxiety and
depression, which may overlap with one’s food choices and general confusion about what to eat.
She built Indigenous Nutritionist® with this in mind and utilizes technology to enable her to
reach people around the globe with her message.
Kelly completed her full apparatus Pilates training, which involved bridging to Classical Pilates,
while based in Dubai. In total, she has 18 years of Pilates experience. She hopes to inspire and
help others to learn and do this mind-body method of exercise. Kelly is working on cultural well-being programs, the first one set to launch in 2021, which will be a combination of creativity and sciences into one educational program with a personalized component built-in. Recently Kelly completed a short-term urgent position as a clinical dietitian on Roosevelt Island due to the shortage of health care professionals in NYC during the pandemic. She continues to build her brand from the ground up, taking the “Slow Food,” approach of allowing the time for it to be grown organically in order to feed you the best content she can create.