“We’re in this together”
Caroline is a seasoned Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, personal trainer and certified diabetic educator. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a hospitality degree. And, her passions for cooking and eating led her to the science of food and nutrition. While Caroline obtained prerequisites for the Registered Dietitian credential and a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, she worked as a certified personal trainer for many years. She completed the required clinical rotations through the Sentara Healthcare system throughout Hampton Roads. Later, Caroline found great satisfaction through her work in diabetes and obesity research at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
The combination of fitness, culinary arts and medical nutrition therapy™ gives Caroline a unique trifecta of knowledge to offer to her patients and clients. She maintains the registration dietitian –nutritionist credential with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the certified diabetic educator credential with National Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE). She is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.(NASM) She is certified in adult weight management by both NASM and AND. She is also certified as a senior fitness specialist (NASM).
Personally, Caroline comes from a big family of big eaters, and has grown to recognize and understand a wide variety of eating personalities. She grew up eating a lot of junk food. In her early twenties, Caroline developed hypothyroidism due to long-standing nutrient deficiencies. At that time, she was also diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a precursor to diabetes, which she has reversed with lifestyle change.. Her commitment to exercise, healthy eating strategies and dedicated behavior changes offset the inflammation and weight related her metabolic disorders. Because Caroline works hard to keep weight off in light of her conditions, she personally understands the effort needed to create a clinically significant lifestyle change.
She thrives through the success of others. There is no greater joy for Caroline then observing the improvement in quality of someone’s life.
Caroline Fornshell, Co-Founder.