Growing up as a professional model and dancer,
I learned early on of the relationship between
nutrition and health by first helping myself.
Later in life as a registered nurse, an increasing
number of my patients had diabetes, leading
me to become a diabetes nurse educator.
I have years of experience in most health
care settings, including residential, long
term facilities and inpatient and outpatient
settings. A pioneer in the home health field,
I was educated at Cleveland Clinic and board
certified in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence
Nursing (WOCN), a field that brings a wealth
of knowledge to health care professionals working
with people who have diabetes. I learned early
on of the importance of diabetes education
in the home setting, where people spend the
majority of their lives, rather than the hospital
Well versed and knowledgeable in mainstream
diabetes management, my own doctors encouraged
me to look into the relationship of diabetes
and obesity. I’ve traveled the country
visiting various obesity treatment centers,
some of which also specialized in diabetes.
I saw amazing results that helped me develop
more management choices for my patients.
My acquired knowledge, first-hand experience
and passion led me to private practice as president
of EnJOY Life! Health Consulting, LLC. EnJOY
Life! provides health education to individuals
and groups on a local and national level. Click
here for more information on EnJOY Life!
In 2001, I teamed up with my lifelong friend
and professional comedian Phyllis Shulman to
form a health education/comedy team called
Laugh It Off! LLC . We travel the country providing
health education/comedy programs to communities
and health care providers teaching people how
to laugh off their weight and laugh off their
I am a Professional member of many health-care
organizations and also an experienced spokesperson
and regular contributor to media publications
in the health industry. Be sure to check out
my resume and biography for a full listing
of my accomplishments and accreditations.
I live with my husband, Brian, in New York
City and Columbia, Mo. Brian is an architect
specializing in green and historic preservation
architecture. Together we help build communities
for healthier lifestyles. We are avid walkers
who also enjoy traveling together.