Eating well doesn’t mean eating perfectly. Our goal is to help you find the peace of mind and satisfaction in knowing that you are eating as well as possible. We strive to ensure you enjoy the foods you eat and also eat the foods you enjoy!
Jane Reagan’s experience in the fields of nutrition and counseling spans 25 years. She believes in a holistic approach to nutrition and wellness. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from Boston University. She became a Registered Dietitian through the University of Northern Colorado. She is a CEDRD (Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian), holds a certification in Adult Weight Management and is a Certified LEAP Therapist for food sensitivities. She regularly studies functional medicine and applies this philosophy to nutrition interventions. She is currently getting a FNLP (Functional Nutrition Lifestyle Practitioner) certification.
Jane is a strong believer in functional nutrition and getting to the root of a person’s health issues. In her 20’s she came down with debilitating flu like symptoms that stayed with her for many years. Her motivation to understand her own health issues resulted in an insatiable desire to expand her nutrition knowledge. She sought out many alternative practices and learned a whole body approach to true wellness. Jane believes in treating the whole person by meeting them they’re at, and providing guidance through nutrition, supplementation, testing, counseling and lifestyle strategies.
She believes in a “food first” philosophy. She also believes that food has the power to heal, and that understanding food quality, food choices and one’s relationship with food, can lead to greater awareness, improved health and a more abundant life. She regularly helps individuals to understand how food impacts them physically, mentally and emotionally.
Jane started her work in nutrition and wellness at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, AZ, followed by working at an in-patient eating disorders hospital in Boston. She has contributed significantly to nutrition within the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). As Nutrition Educator for The GROWE Foundation & Garden to Table Program, she developed and taught a Colorado-based standardized nutrition curriculum for grades K-5. She co-wrote a children’s cookbook, “Cooking is Cool.”
Jane’s specialties include: eating disorders; weight loss/gain; food allergies/sensitivities; gut health; adrenal fatigue; diabetes/hypoglycemia; cardiovascular disease/hypertension; Lyme disease; mindful eating/emotional eating and family/child nutrition.
In addition, Jane also works as a Clinical Nutritionist at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently a member of their Eating Disorder Team. Jane has been a Boulder resident for over 20 years and has 4 children.
Dear Jane - I just wanted to write to you to say a resounding THANK YOU for all your help in getting my eating on track. A little over a year ago, I went to see you after my weight peaked at 174 lbs… read full letter
Jane is great and uses a treatment approach that addresses the person as a whole and not just their specific symptoms.
Jane is an engaging, thoughtful, and caring health care provider! She also makes very clear what she thinks I need to be doing in the nutrition area, which doesn’t always make appointments fun or easy, but makes them helpful/beneficial.
Jane really understood me and my needs. I never felt like I was just being plugged into formula. She made me feel really comfortable.
I was referred to Jane when I had first had accepted that fact that after five years, that I needed to get help for my eating disorder. After working with Jane for several months, I was able to finally after five years reach a normal weight. Now several months later, I have been able to retain a healthy weight and feel so much freer now to make better choices. Jane was not only able to help me gain weight, but was also an incredible emotional support for me as well and helped me talk about issues surrounding my eating disorder. I believe that this was crucial to my continued success, as I continue my life free from my disorder. I would recommend Jane to anyone struggling with these issues.
The greatest gift in working with Jane has been that I have learned to trust my body and its ability to communicate its needs in ways that I don't think I ever have. I have continued to lose weight at a realistic and healthy rate, but more importantly I have learned to listen to and trust my body, a skill that will allow me to continue to prioritize my health and keep the weight off. I'm grateful for the ability to continue working with Jane on this journey.
Ashley holds a Master of Education degree in Nutrition Education from Framingham State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of Northern Colorado with a concentration on Nutrition Management, and has been a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Ashley holds a certification in Adolescent and Pediatric Weight Management and is a Certified LEAP Therapist for food sensitivities. Ashley has recently been published in SGB Weekly regarding Sports Nutrition for the performance endurance athlete.
Ashley strongly believes in the food first approach. Food is personal, social, emotional, interesting and can be used as preventative medicine. As a “flex-a-tarian” Ashley eats everything from cookies to kale salads and can teach you how to navigate the grey zone of moderation with ease and expertise. Seven years of experience in counseling therapeutic diets at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital has provided Ashley with a wide range of knowledge on functional foods, therapeutic meal planning and the food first approach.
Gaining further expertise she is currently pursuing certification as both a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. Ashley served on the board of the Northern Colorado Dietetics Association for the past six years where she received the Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, nominated for the Outstanding Registered Dietitian of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and received the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award in 2017.
A Bostonian transplant, Ashley has enjoyed running marathons in Colorado including The Mt. Evan’s Ascent and The Oyster. When she is not outside, you can find her playing board games, in escape rooms, reading cultural studies books and trying new ice cream parlors.
"I started working with Ashley when I needed to eat to gain muscle to swim faster, I worked with her for 3 months and cut 12 seconds of my time! She has also helped me transition to swimming and eating in college, it helps knowing I can always shoot her an email no matter how far away I am".
"Restaurant challenges with Ashley have helped me practice having a normal relationship food, she empowers my wise mind and is helping me eat intuitively"
"Ashley listened to me and developed a meal plan that fits my life, I have lost 61lbs in the past year and am going strong!"
Malia Dunn is a Registered Dietitian at Essential Nutrition where she provides individual and group counseling, specializing in the fields of eating disorders, HIV, diabetes, and general health and wellness. She previously served as the President of the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association and was awarded the 2015 Recognized Young Dietitian Award.
Malia earned a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado, where she also completed her postgraduate internship. Malia’s nutrition philosophy centers on setting realistic goals, recognizing personal values, and mindfulness (such as ACT -Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Malia often helps her clients create meal plans, optimize their metabolism, increase nutrition knowledge, reach nutrition goals and improve blood values. Her true passion is helping others achieve a balance which enables them to nourish their bodies while truly enjoying and appreciating food. She believes food should be utilized as a tool to connect with others, improve overall well-being, and simply enjoy! Malia’s passion and early introduction to the eating disorder world has provided her with the necessary tools to treat many different types of eating disorders. She is a firm believer in a team approach and thrives when given the opportunity to collaborate with therapists, doctors, and personal trainers. She currently works in the outpatient setting, but has had experience working at an intensive outpatient center in Ft Collins and Eating Recovery Center in Denver. With a variety of treatment center settings, Malia has the experience and skills necessary to work with eating disorder clients in the outpatient setting.
When Malia is not working you can find her in the mountains snowboarding, camping, or hiking.
"Malia was wonderful to work with. She was so knowledgeable, and so supportive and encouraging - I always felt comfortable talking to her. She worked to understand my situation and to help me in a manageable and meaningful way. I couldn't speak more highly of my experience with her."
"Malia, my daughter has tremendous difficulty trusting anyone outside of her family unit. We both leave each session saying how much we love you, how smart and how beautiful you are, and how grateful we are to have found you and to be getting so much help and direction from you."
Lorissa Bronson is a Registered Dietitian who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics. She completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at the University of Arizona Medical Center with an emphasis in Medical Nutrition Therapy.
In her eight years of experience, Lorissa has worked in counseling and education within a variety of settings. During her time in physical rehabilitation and acute care hospital settings, Lorissa has consulted with people across the lifecycle – from pediatric to geriatric patients – with a wide range of clinical conditions including, but not limited to: gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and liver disease. In addition to her work in the rehab center and hospital, Lorissa has worked at an eating recovery center in Arizona in which she was the lead dietitian for the Adult Residential Program. She also assisted with the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. In her work at the eating recover center, Lorissa helped clients incorporate an “all foods fit” philosophy in their recovery-focused lifestyle.
When working with clients, Lorissa integrates her “all foods fit” mindset with an evidence-based approach to determine what is best for each individual with whom she works. Lorissa is currently working towards her certification as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. She is available for one-on-one consultations, group educations, and restaurant support or grocery store tours.
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Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her post-graduate supervised practice internship through the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University that gives her a unique perspective on how culture and environment can affect a person’s relationship with food.
Kelly believes eating is more than just calories in vs. calories out. She understands food is so many things – food is family, food is culture, food is fuel. She knows the role of food in every person’s life is different, and therefore every person deserves to be treated as an individual. There is no one size fits all model to nutrition and Kelly is passionate about utilizing real food in a holistic and progressive approach to help people obtain their health and nutrition related goals.
Kelly’s work with clients focuses on client driven goal setting, improving overall relationships with food, making lifestyle changes instead of “dieting”, and helping people understand how to make food choices both mindfully and intuitively. Kelly works at both the Boulder and Denver locations and accepts insurance.
Ali Fox is a Registered Dietitian who graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition. Ali completed her post-graduate dietetic internship at Montana State, with a focus on sustainability and medical nutrition therapy.
Since graduating, Ali has worked in the eating disorder field, and has focused her studies in this area. Ali worked at an inpatient eating disorder facility in Denver for two years before joining the Essential Nutrition team.
During her time working with eating disorders, Ali became passionate about intuitive eating and mindful practices that help foster a more positive relationship with food. “In the world we live in today, it can be hard to navigate through all of the information that is thrown at us about food and what we should and should not eat.” Ali believes that nutrition does not have to be black and white and should be something that is both exciting and sustainable for your individual lifestyle.
Ali is available for one-on-one consultations for eating disorders, mindful eating and intuitive eating practices, group classes, restaurant outings, and grocery store tours. She is available at the Denver location Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and the Boulder office on Wednesdays.
Lisa Lanzano, MS, RDN, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Food Management from Oregon State University, and a Master of Science degree in Gerontology (the study of aging), with an emphasis in Physiology & Nutrition, from the University of Arizona.
Lisa is a Registered Dietitian with 19 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating.
Lisa is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in working with individuals and families struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. Lisa’s emphasis is on helping clients develop and nurture a better relationship with food, eating, and their bodies. Lisa has a true passion for this work and has been in practice for 19 years. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Food Management from Oregon State University, and a Master of Science degree in Gerontology (the study of aging), with an emphasis in Physiology & Nutrition, from the University of Arizona. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Lisa spent her first six years in practice as a Clinical Nutritionist at the world-renown Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Colorado in early 2003. She then took the position as the sole nutritionist for the 15-physician South Denver Cardiology Center in Littleton, CO, before opening up her private practice, Essential Nutrition LLC, full time in Boulder in 2006. She has been interviewed for her expert nutrition advice by local newspapers and magazines, including Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera, Rocky Mountain Sports, and Delicious Living. Lisa co-authored the independently-published books Better Breast Health for Life! as well as the “Skeletal System and Joint Health,” chapter in the textbook, Integrating Therapeutic and Complementary Nutrition (CRC Press, 2006). Lisa is a member and supporter of the Eating Disorder Foundation (EDF), The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). In 2015, Lisa became an IAEDP-Approved Supervisor to help supervise and educate other health professionals undergoing IAEDP’s certification program, which enables health professionals to become more competent, skillful, and experienced in the field of eating disorder treatment and prevention.
I have a true passion for working with individuals struggling to overcome an eating disorder. I am not the kind of nutrition professional who criminalizes food or promotes the notion of “good” or “bad” foods. Rather, I apply the “when, why, and how much” method to determine the best dietary approach for each individual that honors one’s whole self. I love teaching individuals how to navigate their OWN way through the complicated and often conflicting world of nutrition and health. I work hard to ensure my clients come away with better self-awareness, understanding, acceptance, and education.
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"Lisa is wonderful! An amazing nutritionist. You changed my life!"
"It's rare to find a dietitian who truly listens to you and doesn't push their own 'food agenda'. I am so grateful to be able to work with you, Lisa. You have truly helped me find my own best way to eat and achieve better health. I couldn't be doing it without you! Thank you for your ongoing support as I continue to work towards overcoming my eating disorder. I'm going to be one of your success stories, you watch!"
"Lisa is very practical and made a complex subject understandable. I appreciate her nonjudgmental style. I've already begun implementing her advice and it has been helping tremendously!"
"Lisa is a fantastic listener. She is so patient and open to every question and makes me feel at ease in her office. She is a wealth of information and can take charge of the situation whenever my self-doubt or crazy irrational thinking starts to sabotage me. I appreciate her ability to meet me wherever I am. I find my sessions with her always leave me with something comforting and helpful to take with me."