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.
National Association of Social Workers - License #061939-1
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
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
Member - Redshirts - Star Trek-based musical improvisational comedy team
Member – Divas: Unmasked - musical improvisational comedy team
Member – Shiva - musical improvisational comedy team (retired)
Member – Space God - musical improvisational comedy team (retired)
Mentor - Pesce Family Mentoring Institute
Pilates - Erika Bloom Pilates
Yoga - Anusara