Amy Gardner, MS, RD (Owner)

Amy Gardner, MS, RD (Owner)

Owner/ Registered Dietitian

 

Amy grew up in southern Maine and developed a strong interest in nutrition in 7th grade while doing a science fair project on diabetes, inspired by her grandfather's diagnosis.  Her interest grew as she watched a number of close relatives develop health conditions and make changes to their diets.  In high school, Amy became acutely aware of the pressures girls experience around body image and discovered the impact good nutrition had on her athletic performance.

Amy's interest in nutrition and passion for helping people led her to receive a BS in nutrition from UNH in 1997.  She went on to receive an MS in clinical nutrition from NYU while completing a 12-month dietetic internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center.  After her graduate work, Amy took a position at the Bronx VA Medical Center as the  Outpatient Dietitian in the Renal Dialysis, Hematology, Immunology and Oncology clinics.   

Following several years in New York, Amy returned to New England, accepting a position as an Outpatient Dietitian at Boston Medical Center.  She went on to work at the Behavioral Health Partial Program at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliated Psychiatric Hospital located in Belmont, MA.  While at McLean, Amy gained extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and developed a deep understanding of the connection between mental health and eating behaviors.  As Senior Nutritionist, she actively participated in the inception of the Klarman Eating Disorder Center where she developed treatment protocols, worked collaboratively with other members of the treatment and management teams and supervised all aspects of nutritional care for the program. 

Amy founded Metrowest Nutrition in 2011 after nine years in private practice in Newton, MA.  Her private practice work is focused on eating disorders, pediatric feeding concerns, autism and ADHD and a holistic approach to wellness and disease prevention.  Amy works collaboratively with patients, parents, psychologists, feeding teams, occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists and schools to help her clients reach their health goals while fostering a positive relationship with food.

Amy combines a non-diet approach to eating and a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach to weight with mindfulness techniques to help empower individuals to listen to their bodies' internal cues and become more attuned to their unique biological rhythms. She believes eating should be flexible and pleasurable while providing the necessary fuel for life.

Specialties                                                Eating  Disorders                                        Weight Management                                Feeding Problems                                              Autism/ADHD

"Amy understood what type of treatment would work best for me and challenged me to make small gradual changes toward normalized eating. She always took the time to help me identify the barriers that were keeping me stuck and develop coping skills to better manage the irrational, negative thoughts I often struggled with. I am now more mindful of situations and thoughts that can bring on destructive behaviors and I can give myself a reality check and stay on the path of health. I really appreciate how Amy didn’t force a one-size-fits-all plan on me, but listened to what I struggled with and designed a plan that kept me progressing toward better health; physically and mentally. I am very grateful for Amy." - A. Hanlon (patient)