Functional Nutrition Overview

Romilly Hodges, Nutritionist

Romilly Hodges CNS, Director Nutrition Programs

“Nutrition is the most powerful tool functional medicine practitioners have at their disposal. Indeed, an appropriate dietary program can account for up to 80% of an individual’s success. Thus, for most of us, getting our diet properly “dialed in,” may be more effective than any other single intervention!

In our clinic, because we tend to see patients with complex, chronic conditions, we often use highly-personalized, multi-layered diets that address different health aspects at the same time. Understanding what foods to include and which to avoid, and at the same time maintaining a nutritionally-balanced diet, can be a challenging task. Focused, ongoing support for implementing your individualized dietary prescription is essential.

Our Functional Nutritionists are trained and experienced in Functional Medicine through our clinic and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Whether you are working with one of our Nutrition Team as part of your integrated care program, or whether you are taking advantage of our Functional Nutrition Packages and nutrition-only consultations, our goal is to deliver the most advanced care possible in a way that meets your health goals and lets you live your life to the full.

Nutrition consultations are available via phone or video conference, accessible wherever you are.

We look forward to working with you” – Romilly 

All patients working with the clinic doctors will meet with the nutritionist for an hour as a part of their initial plan. Follow-up nutrition appointments are scheduled as-needed.

Individuals wishing to schedule nutrition-only consults may do so by contacting the clinic at or 203-304-9502, or by purchasing one of our Functional Nutrition Packages.

Working with one of our trained and skilled nutritionists, you will get the following benefits:

  • Advanced Functional Nutrition
  • Qualified nutritionists with advanced training from the Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Functional laboratory assessment options
  • Understand the root cause of your health issues
  • Learn safe and effective ways to restore and optimize health
  • Correct implementation of therapeutic diets
  • Prevent or correct nutrient imbalances
  • Practical tools and motivational support
  • Recipes and guides

We can help you make your therapeutic plan nutritious and do-able. You will receive personalized help in achieving your goals, such as:

  • Understanding how diet and lifestyle can affect your current symptoms
  • Personalized Food Plans that combine all aspects of your dietary prescription into a simple set of guidelines to follow
  • Nutritional intake evaluations to ensure you’re receiving a healthy, balanced diet
  • Setting goals and tracking progress
  • Meal plans, recipes and shopping tips that fit your diet, personal preferences and lifestyle
  • Alternative, nutritious foods to replace the foods you love but can no longer have
  • Guidance on when and how to reintroduce foods into your diet
  • Ideas that will work with children or a busy lifestyle
  • Recommendations for further reading and recipe books
  • What to do when you have food cravings
  • How to reduce your exposure to toxins in food
  • What foods to buy organic and how to choose safe meats and fish
  • How to avoid genetically modified foods
  • How to avoid gastrointestinal upsets from foods and/or supplements
  • Overcoming plateaus in your progress
  • How to enjoy food in a way that supports health!

Therapeutic Diets & Lifestyle Plans

We are versed in correct implementation of many therapeutic diet and lifestyle plans for adults and children. Specialized laboratory diagnostics are often used as part of an overall approach to identifying the correct approach for each individual.

We are experienced in supporting many chronic conditions, and draw on various therapeutic diets, often in combination, to create carefully-customized plans that target your specific needs.

Conditions we support include:

  • ADHD
  • Allergy
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Detoxification
  • Gut Dysfunction
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Infertility
  • Kidney Disease
  • Insulin Resistance and Blood Sugar Imbalance
  • PCOS
  • SIBO (Small-Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Weight-loss and Weight-loss Resistance

Experienced in many different dietary tools, including:

  • Individualized hypoallergenic diets
  • Elimination diets
  • Gluten and casein-free diets
  • Cross-reaction elimination diets
  • Anti-inflammatory diets
  • Low carbohydrate diets
  • Grain/legume-free diets
  • Gut-repair diets
  • Low FODMAPs
  • Anti-yeast protocols
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diets
  • Low histamine
  • Low lectin
  • Low prolamine
  • Low nickel
  • Low oxalate/salicylate
  • Calorie restricted ketogenic diet (Based on Dr. Tom Seyfried’s research)

Our clinic is well-versed in the implementation of therapeutic diets for children.

Our Nutrition Team

Romilly Hodges, MS CNS CN IFMCP, holds a Master’s Degree in Functional Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT. She is passionate about the power of food to nourish and heal the body.

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Lara Zakaria RPh MS CNS

Lara Zakaria PharmD MSc CNS CN CDN is a Nutritionist, specializing in Functional Medicine. She uses scientific evidence as well as positive psychology to inspire patients to use whole food, herbs and lifestyle modification to achieve their health goals.

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Gretchen DePalma, MS CNS

Gretchen DePalma, MS CNS Nutritionist   Book an Appointment   Contact Phone: (203) 304-9502 Email:   Social links: Biography Gretchen DePalma, MS CNS, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from…

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Jessica Kovalchik, DC MS CNS LDN

Jessica Kovalchik, DC MS CNS LDN CDN Nutritionist   Book an Appointment   Contact Phone: (203) 304-9502 Email:   Social links: Biography Jessica Kovalchik, DC MS CNS LDN CDN, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Chiropractor. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2011 and her Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition in…

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