ABOUT GINA GAUTHIER
Gina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist. She has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over five years. During that time, she has worked with diverse patient populations with various disease states and dietary needs. Her background includes patient care at a large teaching hospital and a smaller community hospital, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She is experienced in providing medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition counseling and education. She has a passion for nutrition as well as treating the whole person. Her desire is to provide quality integrative functionally oriented nutritional and lifestyle support to patients to help them to achieve optimal health and well-being. She is a proponent of the “food as medicine” philosophy.
She believes and is committed to taking an individualized patient centered approach that utilizes her clinical skills as well as her listening and problem solving abilities. Her goal is to create a compassionate partnership with each person to help them achieve their health goals with nutrition, and lifestyle approaches.
Over 5 years as a Clinical Dietitian:
- Experience initially at ARAMARK, Southside Regional Medical Center - Petersburg, VA and most recently at Duke University Hospital - Durham, NC
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate / Dietetic Internship Program, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Greensboro, NC (May 2012)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Dietetics, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Greensboro, NC (May 2011)
Now after relocating to Buck County, PA:
- Completing an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certificate of Training Program
Gina studies, attends trainings and conferences within the functional medicine model to further her knowledge.
In her free time, Gina enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and dog Darcy, cooking, visiting local farmers’ markets, traveling, and various forms of exercise.
Most traditionally trained dietitians and nutritionists are not educated on supplements, on how to interpret specialty labs used in functional medicine, nor receive any formal training on some health problems such as hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, the microbiome and leaky gut, autoimmune conditions, and mental health. They are taught how to implement therapeutic diets which often do not address the root cause of why disease and dysfunction occurs. For this reason, we highly encourage you to work with Gina and receive nutrition education within the functional medicine framework put forth by Dr. Bernstein.
Due to her combination of dietetics and nutrition licensing, Gina is able to work with many insurance plans. She will be in network with a good number of insurance carriers including Aetna, Personal Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horizon, and others over time. Most of these plans offer partial or more often full coverage for visits with her. For more information about Gina and the Holistic Healing Center, please visit our website, www.drbholisticmd.com, or please feel free to call us @ 215-794-7880. If we have not already, we will be happy to check your benefits for nutritional counseling for you!
ABOUT DEBBIE GARLITS
The role of the Patient Advocate is to provide education and support to the patients as they go through their individual journey towards optimal health and well-being.
Debbie is the perfect person for this role because of her own prior health challenges and how she learned to support herself with natural healing, her BS in Alternative Medicine, and her desire to serve. She is a great listener, has a wonderful sense of humor, is compassionate and loves to educate and support patients.
Debbie is a mother of two children and has worked in the field of education and teaching for the last several years. She, at the same time, completed her Bachelors.
Her desire to pursue further education in the field of holistic health was inspired by her own personal journey of healing. She felt empowered by her ability to regain her health using holistic and natural means. This then motivated her to apply herself to learning more so that she could better support herself, her children's health and others.
The combination of her love for learning about holistic health and her love of people and teaching others gives her the perfect background for her position of Patient Advocate.
Debbie looks forward to being of service to you in reaching your goals of improved health and wellness.