I have had food allergies my entire life and live a full life; I am committed to helping other people with food allergies do the same.
Whether through my award-winning blog Please Don’t Pass the Nuts™ , my critically acclaimed and publicly lauded book Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies or one-on-one counseling with adults and families dealing with food allergies, I offer experienced insights and guidance on how to get more out of a life lived with food allergies.
Through Allergic Girl® Resources, Inc., I offer a range of services. I consult with the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries on how best to address food allergy issues. I consult with governmental agencies about food allergies. Recent work has included the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. I also offer food allergy counseling services to individuals, couples, families and groups.
As a trained mental health worker, who understands the challenges from the inside out, I am uniquely qualified to lead the movement to provide supportive and innovative services to the food allergic community.
My work has appeared in national and international media, including: ABCNews; Allergic Living; CNN; Huffington Post; New York Magazine; NY1; The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Full list.
New York Office of the Professions – State Education Department – License #061939-1
National Association of Social Workers – Member
American Psychological Association – Associate Member
New York City Department of Health – Food Protection Certificate
National Restaurant Association – ServSafe – Food Protection Manager Certification
American Red Cross – CPR/AED Certified
Bennington College Alumni Association – Class President
Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association – Active Member
New York University Alumni Association – Active Member
SOCAN/ASCAP – Published song co-writer
Awards and Nominations:
The Pushcart Prize – Nominated
New York University – President’s Service Award for Leadership
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – Samter Journalism Award
HealthCentral.com – First Annual Top Site Award
Healthline.com – Best Allergy Blog 2015
Healthline.com – Best Allergy blog 2016
Healthline.com – Best Allergy blog 2017
Bachelor of Arts – Sarah Lawrence College
Master of Fine Arts – Bennington College
Master of Social Work – New York University
Scholar – Oxford University
Writing Fellow – Columbia University
Continuing Education & Activities:
Member – The Coltrane Home
Founding Member – Redshirts – Star Trek-based musical improvisational comedy team
Member – Divas: Unmasked – musical improvisational comedy team (troupe retired)
Member – Shiva – musical improvisational comedy team (troupe retired)
Member – Space God – musical improvisational comedy team (troupe retired)
Mentor – Pesce Family Mentoring Institute
Pilates – Erika Bloom Pilates
Yoga – Anusara
Hebrew – Private Study