Proper Nutrition for Pain, Headaches, and Better Sleep

 

Coral Clarke, RDN, CDN 

"I believe that every person has the right to a healthy body, and that true health means more than just a lack of disease. I believe that the food we eat has a major impact on our health, both in terms of its nutritional value and of the physical effect the food itself can have on our bodies. I believe that food sensitivities and allergies are becoming more common, and that sensitivities in particular are poorly understood.

Because of the increasing prevalence of food sensitivities and allergies, I believe that evaluation of diet is critical in the treatment of any person suffering from a long-term illness, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed,


or who is experiencing unexplained symptoms. In addition, since non-food factors such as stress and lack of sleep can negatively affect our health, I believe that each person should be approached and treated as a whole human being, rather than just a set of physical symptoms.

Finally, I believe that changing one’s life due to food sensitivities and allergies, our own or a family member’s, is more challenging and disruptive than many health-care professionals appear to realize.  Patients need better information and more organized and intensive assistance than is generally available.

Because of these beliefs, it is my goal to work with people who are confronted with a newly-diagnosed allergy or sensitivity, or who don’t feel well and are being passed from one doctor to another, with no definitive diagnosis or improvement in symptoms.  My aim is to assist clients in determining what foods are triggers (if they don’t already know), and to provide education regarding healthy, workable alternatives.  I hope to offer help in the form of nutrition counseling, accurate and helpful information, recipes (including modifying patients’ favorites), identification of innocuous foods in the grocery store, and referral to useful online resources.

As a person who has gone through this process, I feel uniquely qualified to understand the challenges involved in what can be a dramatic upheaval of one’s eating patterns and lifestyle.  I hope that my experience, and the fact that I not only survived it, but turned it into my “mission” in life, will encourage my clients to feel that they, too, can manage their food sensitivities and thrive."

This philosophy statement is one that I wrote during my first semester in the Dietetics program at Buffalo State, and it still resonates with me, defining my purpose and driving me to be the kind of health care professional I would have liked to have had. I’d been interested in nutrition and healthy eating my whole adult life, so becoming ill and discovering that my body was no longer able to tolerate many normal, “healthy” foods was quite a surprise to me. The painstaking process of learning what was making me sick, as well as how to make satisfying meals without these foods, changed my life and kindled a desire to help others facing similar circumstances. This ambition, in turn, led me to return to school to study nutrition.

My undergraduate education and training at Buffalo State provided me with the general nutrition knowledge and clinical practice I needed to become a dietitian, as well as the opportunity to branch out into my unique areas of interest. After gaining my credential as an RDN, I began studying to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP), and am currently training to be a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) as well. I will continue to study throughout my career, always striving to be the health care professional who makes a difference in my clients’ lives.

EDUCATION:

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State University of New York College at Buffalo | May 2017 | Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

  • Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.98/4.0)
  • Member of Phi Upsilon Omicron – National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Science

Certified LEAP Therapist | February 2018

Training In Progress:

  • Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP)- Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA)


RELATED EXPERIENCE:
 

Visiting observer | June 2017 | Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham NC

  • Shadowed Integrative Dietitian/Nutritionist Monica Gulisano, RDN, LDN.
  • Developed familiarity with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Care Model and the LEAP diet protocol.

Senior Practicum | April 2017 – May 2017 | Trocaire College, Buffalo NY

  • Developed blog highlighting food allergy information and allergen-free recipes.
  • Modified/developed recipes free of the top 8 allergens, as well as corn.
  • Presented blog and related information to Trocaire students and faculty.

Senior practicum | April 2017 – May 2017 | Buffalo Nutrition & Dietetics, PLLC Buffalo NY

  • Shadowed business owner Tricia Sauer, RDN, CDN.

Clinical Rotation | March 2017 | Waterfront Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | January 2017 – February 2017 | Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo NY

  • Responsible for prioritization and delegation of patients on floor.
  • Interviewed patients and performed nutritional risk screening and assessment.
  • Developed nutritional plans of care for a wide array of conditions.
  • Calculated tube feeds and parenteral nutrition formulas.
  • Taught patients disease management diets.
  • Presented Journal Club article to hospital RDNs.

Clinical Rotation | November 2016 – December 2016 | Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | October 2016 – November 2016 | Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | September 2016 | Community Partners in Western NY

  • Developed nutrition education display at SUNY Buffalo State.
  • Developed and implemented nutrition education activity for Head Start Students.

Clinical Rotation | June 2016 | Mercy Hospital, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | April 2016 – May 2016 | Community Partners in Western NY

  • Erie County Medical Center Immunodeficiency Clinic.
  • Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Outpatient Clinic.
  • Sisters Hospital OB/GYN Outpatient Clinic.
  • St Joseph’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic and Diabetes Education Class.

Clinical Rotation | March 2016 | Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | January 2016 – February 2016 | Erie  County Medical Center, Buffalo NY
Clinical Rotation | September 2015 – December 2015 | Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo NY

MEDICAL LICENSURES:

Credentialed by the Commission On Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)

Certified through the University of the State of New York Education Department Office of the Professions

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)

Western New York Dietetic Association

New York State Dietetic Association

Dietitians In Integrative & Functional Medicine (AND Dietetic Practice Group)

American Society for Nutrition
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy