As a Licensed, Registered Dietitian – Nutritionist, my work has spanned over a course of 25+ years. After graduating with a BS in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton, I received my Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and began my work with inpatient clinical care at Downstate and Lenox Hill Hospital, N.Y. After moving to Chicago, I worked in the Eating Disorders Unit at Northwestern Hospital, while developing company Wellness programs and lecturing to the community. Back on the East Coast, my drive to educate, improve eating behaviors, and personalize treatment plans, I opened a private practice in CT, working one-on-one with patients and families. I later incorporated a more integrative and functional medicine approach, using tools available through food sensitivity and laboratory testing, to uncover possible root causes of disease. Today my practice focuses on going back to the basics of Nutrition as a Science in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Why Functional and Integrative Medicine?
After years of seeing patients, many with Gastrointestinal issues, I started to question the ‘root’ cause of their condition. What is the timeline of when symptoms started, are there nutrient deficiencies and/or food sensitivities, is there Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) causing symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), is there an imbalanced microbiome or a lack of digestive enzymes? Look at epigenetics – how exposure to our very own toxic environment may effect gene expression. Look at the body as a whole system, inside and out.
Every person is different and every person needs a personalized treatment plan.
With the advent of more processed foods and increased sugar consumption, we have seen an increase in Chronic disease – promoting high levels of inflammation and creating deficiencies that are so vital to our physical and mental well-being. Various ‘diets’ have not addressed the importance of nutrition, nor have they established a mindful and healthy relationship with our bodies and real food. We have become a nation of ‘sick’ care and disordered eating,
My frustration with symptom management, pushed me into a path of studying disease from an integrative and functional medicine approach, applying the principles of science to target each individual with their personalized diet and lifestyle modification. Functional Medicine focuses on health through the use of food, exercise and mind-body techniques, while incorporating physiology, biochemistry and lab markers into individualized recommendations. Treat the person, not the disease.
Ellen Metzger MS, RD, CD-N
Certified Dietitan – Nutritionist, CT License
Certified MRT/LEAP Therapist – Food Sensitivity
Certification In Integrative And
Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT)
Certification In Integrative And Functional Nutrition (IFNA Integrative And Functional Nutrition Academy, Affiliate Of The Institute Of Functional Medicine - IFM)
In addition to the requirements of maintaining an RD, I stay current by attending conferences, developing protocols with Collegues, joining Practice Groups and continuing coursework in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Areas of interest include Gastrointestinal disorders (GERD, IBS, IBD, Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity), Cardio-metabolic, Autoimmune Disease and other related inflammatory issues.
My passions include time with family, exploring new destinations, attending conferences, networking - and running 50 states, 50 half marathons!