Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD
Nutrition, whole foods, and wellness have been passions for me since I was a highschool kid in the 1970s. I’ve been a registered dietitian since 1989, and licensed with the Massachusetts Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists since 2002. I have a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Hawaii, and a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Vermont. I began biomedical treatment trainings with the Autism Research Institute in 1999 and am versed in Defeat Autism Now! treatment protocols. Prior to setting up my nutrition practice for children in 1999, I worked as a research technician, nutrition educator, grant writer, and outpatient dietitian – all formative experiences for me in the scientific process and applied nutrition. But my professional path was most informed by my own son’s many challenges with feeding, growth, and development when he was a baby – challenges that responded beautifully to nutrition interventions. I was dismayed that his pediatric physicians had limited nutrition skills and knowledge to help. I saw a gap in the pediatric care landscape, and redirected my career.
For children with developmental concerns like autism, early nutrition intervention can be critical, and I’ve made this underserved population my passion. I’ve published three books on special diets and nutrition for children with autism. I created the first web-based, accredited learning module on nutrition and autism for dietitians and nurses. I testified before state and federal lawmakers for safer vaccines, consulted with industry partners on specialized formulas for infants and children with inflammatory conditions, and have assisted non-profits and hospitals serving children with special needs. I’m proud to be pioneer in my field, where there is a lot of work to do to inform physicians and families alike about the promising nutrition role plays for children with special needs. Visit Judy’s site Nutiritioncare.net