Dietitian / Nutritionist
Michael Shelton RDN, LDN is a part of the Holistic Healing Center team and also sees patients here individually who only desire Nutritional Counseling.
Both Dr. Bernstein and Michal Shelton RDN, LDN are passionate about food and nutrition. We consider optimal food choices to be a solid foundation for creating and maintaining great health. We often coordinate our treatment as well as work independently. With the support of the Patient Advocate and the staff, we are here to empower patients to implement their individualized tailored treatment plan.
In addition to individual nutritional counseling, Michal offers services to support patients in achieving their optimal health, including goal setting, meal plans and groups remotely on special topics.
Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN
Michal is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and due to her varied experiences as an intern, she has dealt with a wide range of patient populations and medical issues.
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 has recently successfully completed the Monash University ‘Low FODMAP Diet for IBS’ online training course for health professionals. She is excited to utilize this knowledge to support patients.
Michal grew up in an environment where nutrition was not prioritized. She slowly began to discover the impact that food could have on a person’s overall well-being. After working with a Dietitian for some of her own health issues, she realized that helping others through individual nutrition counseling would be fulfilling and was what she wanted to do for her career and pursued a nutrition and dietetics degree.
Michal loves learning and is always studying, listening to podcasts and attending webinars and virtual conferences in the nutritional and functional medicine field to further her knowledge.
In her free time, Michal enjoys walking and hiking in nature and having meaningful conversations with friends.
Michal 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.
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Michal is caring and is really passionate about making a difference with those she serves. Her goal is to create a compassionate partnership with each person. She takes into account all aspects of the patient’s life when helping them achieve their health goals with nutrition, and lifestyle approaches.
Her desire is to provide guidance and support in helping individuals figure out a pattern of eating that enables them to feel their very best both physically and emotionally. She also incorporates aspects of the intuitive eating philosophy and advocates patients listen to the feedback their body provides regarding specific foods or ways of eating that may or may not be working for them.
Michal understands the role that proper nutrition has on a person’s health and overall well-being. She believes nutrition recommendations need to be tailored to a person’s individual lifestyle, goals and unique nutritional needs. There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition.
She works with patients with auto-immune conditions, estrogen dominance, food sensitivities, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). She also works with individuals to identify dietary changes that can improve elevated lab markers, such as elevated cholesterol or blood sugar.
She takes a holistic approach when supporting patients with weight concerns
While she recognizes that BMI by itself is not the best measure of health, weight loss/maintenance is an important goal for many people. She supports patients in finding a healthy weight for their body by examining factors that could be interfering with weight loss such as the composition of their diet, eating habits, psychological factors (emotional eating, binge eating, etc.), overall stress and activity levels.
Studies have shown that the majority of people who go on a diet specifically designed for weight loss end up gaining back the weight they may have lost. One reason for this is that traditional diets restrict calories but fail in helping to establish behavior changes that are important for sustainable weight loss. Instead of trying to reach your “goal weight,” focus on incorporating behaviors for overall health and you may be surprised to find that weight loss becomes a natural byproduct.
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 Michal and receive nutrition education within the functional medicine framework put forth by Dr. Bernstein.
Due to Michal being a Registered Dietitian, she is in-network with many insurance plans.
Call our office to make an appointment with Michal at 215-794-7880.
I strongly believe that each person has unique nutrition needs and therefore dietary recommendations should be tailored accordingly. As a holistically oriented dietitian-nutritionist, I take into account all factors of a person’s life and my desire is to assist people in finding a food plan that will work for their individual needs and lifestyle.
Michal Shelton, RDN, LDN