Lee Anne is a registered dietitian nutritionist with advanced training in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy, functional medicine, food sensitivities and food allergies, gluten-related disorders, SIBO, bioenergetics, and environmental medicine.
She has been practicing nutrition for more than 20 years. Lee Anne is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta. Upon completing the Coordinated Undergraduate Program accredited by the American Dietetic Association, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Department of Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics. Lee Anne felt a great sense of accomplishment when her professors elected her Most Outstanding Nutrition Student and awarded her with the Sara M. Hunt Scholarship, a program in honor of the pioneering professor of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Georgia State.
Lee Anne’s career has taken her various places and in many diverse areas of nutrition and dietetics. Her experience ranges from food and medical sales; to consultant dietitian for long-term care facilities and rural hospitals; to clinical dietetics with an emphasis in critical care, nutrition support, and oncology; out-patient counseling; to nutrition educator of nursing students; and corporate dietitian for a food service management company specializing in Senior Nutrition. Prior to starting Be Well, she took on the most challenging, yet most rewarding job of being a stay-at-home mom for her two precious daughters, Annabelle and Josephine (“Josie”) and stepson, Patrick.
Lee Anne’s background in nutrition and dietetics proved to be invaluable when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with food allergies at just weeks old and Celiac Disease years later. As a stay-at-home mom, Lee Anne volunteered at her daughters’ school, and, of course, always found a way to talk about healthy eating habits. She helped educate teachers and staff on food allergies/sensitivities and Celiac Disease and was instrumental in revamping the school lunch program. So, needless to say, although Lee Anne was not out in the professional world, her passion to educate others on good food choices was never relinquished.
Lee Anne was drawn back to her profession for a very simple reason: passion and compassion. It was through her own health journey Lee Anne found a renewed excitement and deeper passion for her profession and a true compassion for those with chronic health problems. “It has always been easy for me to talk about the outcomes of good and/or not so good food choices and how these decisions have a direct impact on our health and lifestyle. However, it was not until I had a personal health crisis that was reversed by a change in my diet, that I truly and deeply understood that we really are what we eat. I decided my case was way too strong to not share with others. I don’t want others to suffer. I can help, and I want to help.”
Be sure to read her Health Journey to see the positive impact of nutrition in her personal life.