An Interview with Michelle Verona-Williams, Pediatric Nutritionist
By Jacqueline Fox, Outreach Coordinator
Pediatric nutritionist Michelle Verona-Williams, MS, RD, LDN, believes in the magic of nutrition; she believes food can cure disease. That’s what she’s putting into practice at 112 Mary Street, her Nutrition and Behavioral Counseling Practice, in the heart of Doylestown.
Michelle is one link in a trio of health professionals who are collaborating to offer comprehensive wellness care to parents and children under one roof. Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Michelle Danella, works with teens and adult women to focus on eating disorders. Clinical social worker Dina Ricciardi focuses on the behavioral aspects of overeating. The three refer patients to each other when appropriate to give families a well-rounded care plan.
Michelle loves her work and she loves the kids. No child is routine, each case is a complex and interesting puzzle. “There’s so much to learn; I never stop learning,” she said.
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, Michelle got a very personal lesson in using nutrition to manage her health. She has Hashimoto disease, a thyroid disorder, that is often under diagnosed and under treated in women.
“My disease was diagnosed after the birth of my first child due to an enlarged thyroid or goiter. A few symptoms are severe fatigue, anxiety, depression and gastro-intestinal discomfort. Elevated cholesterol level, even with a good diet and regular exercise, is another symptom.”
Nutrition, specifically an anti-inflammatory diet, is key to managing the disease, Michelle said. She has been able to apply all of her personal discoveries to her practice with her clients. For example, she’s now a proponent of probiotics, both in food and supplement form, to aid in optimal gut health. She’s also learning how probiotics can aid in weight loss.
Michelle Verona-Williams and her colleague Michelle Danella will discuss nutrition at the Co-op on Saturday, March 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 as a prequel to the showing of the film Fed Up, playing at the County Theater on March 26. They will talk about the difference between natural and added sugars in food; anti-inflammatory foods for health and weight loss; and how saturated fat, trans fat and fiber affect artery health. Michelle will also illustrate portion sizes through food models and provide an interactive demonstration on food label reading.
***Parents and – of course! – children, please join us for this sure-to-be informative and fun afternoon learning about the magic of food.