Nutrition Panel Discussion
5:30 – 7pm
Debra Dobies, RD
This panel discussion program will emphasize what healthy foods, herbs, & spices to purchase to build a healthy kitchen to attain/maintain wellness. The program participants should stress positive choices in
- Staples for the Pantry
- Navigating the Grocery Store for Wellness
- Important foods to eliminate from the diet
- Importance of alkalinity in the body
- Benefits of a plant based diet and some steps to get started
- Typical Japanese (or Asian) pantry/ref for Wellness
- Food that don’t support wellness/health
- Portion control and my plate with food models & healthy breakfast plate
Panel Mini Bio
Debra A. Dobies, RD, MA, LDN – Debra has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. Debra attended Rutgers College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition & Foods followed by a Clinical Dietetic Internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. She also attended GCU and earned her MA in Holistic Health. Her work experience include serving as an inpatient and outpatient dietitian, health educator, Director of a hospital Food & Nutrition department and was the clinical advisor for an outpatient weight management program. Debra maintains a private practice and conducts classes, speeches and programs for healthcare, corporate and community groups. She has appeared on several television shows, radio broadcasts and featured in newspapers on various nutrition topics. One of Debra’s favorite quotes is “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” (~ G. K. Chesterton)
Sarah Jane Lockenmeyer – Sarah is a holistic health coach currently practicing in Monmouth and Ocean County. She uses a mind, body, soul approach to both educate on proper nutrition and repair the relationship with foods. She believes in a primarily whole foods, plant based diet along with nourishing the spirit. Sarah Jane received her certification from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NYC and is currently enrolled in the Holistic Health program at Georgian Court University.
Sachiko Komagata, PT, Ph.D. – Sachiko is a consumer of food and food-like substances over the past half century. Her dietary habits were formed through Japanese tradition that originated in the continental Chinese and Korean traditions and as an adult immigrant to the US she has experienced American Standard Diet (SAD) with many questions and consequences. She teaches/introduces Japanese, Asian food choices, such as sushi cooking whenever she can on campus as well as outside. After over a decade of physical therapy practice along with some part time teaching in graduate professional schools in the Philadelphia region, she began teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in Holistic Health at Georgian Court University. She currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Holistic Health and Exercise Science. She also teaches Japanese culture, Japanese calligraphy as a mindfulness practice, complementary and alternative approaches to wellness, etc. as non-degree program at McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL).
Kathryne Ellis MA, CN. Kathryne Ellis is a certified nutritionist, homeopath, and holistic health practitioner who has been in private practice for over 17 years. She supports health and well-being from a biopsychosocial perspective. In order to support the needs of each person, she looks at a multitude of stressors that may contribute to physical, emotional, or spiritual imbalances. In doing so, she addresses diet, lifestyle, health status, and behaviors, thus addressing both acute and chronic health concerns. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Monmouth College and her Master’s from Georgian Court University in Holistic Health Studies. She received her nutritional education and certification from the American Health Science University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her doctorate from Walden University in Health and Human Behavior.
Kimberly Belanger, Cand. MA – She is currently working as a Program Nutritionist for the Ocean County Health Department WIC Program. Kim attended the College of Saint Elizabeth where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Foods and Nutrition. She currently provides nutrition education and counseling for low income families. Her target population is pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children up to the age of five. She also has experience in hospital based dietetics where she worked as a Dietetic Technician. Kim has followed a vegan diet for nine years and has experience working in health food stores and vegan restaurants. Her goal is to be able to provide her clients with cost-effective diet plans while still incorporating nutritionally dense and unprocessed food options. Kim is attending Georgian Court University and is working towards her Masters in Holistic Health.