About Judy Converse MPH RD LD
I became a registered dietitian in 1989. Prior to setting up my practice in 1999, I worked as a research lab technician, nutrition educator, grant writer, and outpatient dietitian. I am licensed to practice nutrition care by the Massachusetts Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists (Colorado, where I live, is one of only four states that does not license the nutrition profession). I hold a master's degree in public health nutrition from the University of Hawaii, and a bachelor's degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Vermont.
My career path changed in 1996 with the birth of my son, who was challenged for growth, feeding, and developmental pattern from birth. Unfortunately, our pediatricians didn't help. With the internet barely in existence, I cracked my nutrition text books, visited medical libraries, combed the academic literature, and pieced together his path to health. Soon other parents asked me for the same help. When I realized no one was guiding these families, I opened my pediatric nutrition practice.
Who knew this would go so far! Since then I've expanded my training and knowledge into functional and integrative nutrition for babies and kids. I've been privileged to lecture at venues for Autism Research Institute, US Autism and Aspergers Assocation, National Autism Association, and many others. I've lectured for many local and national audiences about the profound impact nutrition and a healthy gut have on the developing brain. I've authored three books, and created the first web-interface accredited learning module for health care providers on nutrition and autism in 2008.
My graduate training in public health taught me how safe, necessary, and effective vaccines are meant to be for children. I have since become an advocate for safe vaccines, because it turns out that vaccines are not reliably safe or effective, as our Supreme Court has stated. It wasn't true for my family, for many families I've worked with in my practice, or for the thousands who have entered the US DHHS Vaccine Court seeking compensation for injuries and deaths from vaccines. I testified before state and federal lawmakers for safer vaccines, have blogged on this topic, and touch on it in my books. I also contributed a chapter to Vaccine Epidemic, the best-selling book that scrutinizes vaccine policy, safety, and industry practices. In my nutrition practice, I encourage families to become informed on risks of vaccines, so they can decide with their MD providers what their children's best course of action might be.
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About This Practice
I established Nutrition Care For Children in 1999 to support infants, toddlers, children, teens, and young adults (age 0-24) with professionally monitored nutrition care that is personalized, targeted, and evidence-based.
Ready to commit time and energy to engage real food nutrition and gut health tools? These can help to restore vibrant wellness to a struggling child. My goal is to help your child reach his or her fullest possible potential for wellness and functional ability.
I specialize in supporting those who have failed with conventional medical measures for food allergy, feeding/growth concerns, feeding clinics, tube feeding, asthma, ADHD/ADD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, mood concerns, PANDAS, or seizure disorders. I practice integrative nutrition with tenets of many disciplines, including Weston-Price, organic foods, special diets (GAPS, SCD, Paleo, GF CF, LOD), and judicious use of supplements and herbs.
Optimal nutrition is pivotal for your child's brain and body to grow and function typically. But, pediatricians are not required to rigorously study it or apply it in practice. I fill this gap by helping families identify and correct nutrition problems, so they don't impede learning, mood, behavior, growth, or development.
While it is an often critical adjunct to medical care, nutrition care is not a substitute for medical care. I encourage families to establish working partnerships with MD providers who acknowledge the role of nutrition in children's health and who honor a parent's intuitive drives for family health.
"We visited several doctors and did not receive any answers. Judy was instrumental in guiding us with measures to help him feel better. She is an asset to anyone who has a child with concerns about feeding, nutrition, or developmental progress." -S.S., Massachusetts
"Judy was instrumental in helping me figure out what was going on with my son. She de-mysitified the PDD-NOS diagnosis and held my hand through the development of the supplement protocols. My son is now a normal four year old and dietary intervention was the key."-Dana N., Boston
"I just wanted to let you know that B. is doing really well - largely thanks to your work with us...He is having a bowel movement every day, only occasionally skipping a day. He never needs any intervention besides more water or fruit. His coloring is wonderful - Rosy, healthy cheeks and face. He is eating REALLY well. His quantity and variety have improved. He is hungry and asks for food. He is interested in smells of food and what others are eating. He is trying new foods with different textures. He has a number of friends and gets along pretty well with most kids...Thank you!!!" - Colleen M., Indiana
"The doctor told us to simply remove dairy from our son's diet but that was not enough...Judy provided us with a comprehensive program. As a result, our son has an improved appetite, interest in a variety of foods and more success in potty training." -D.H.
"The BEST birthday present I ever got from my son ... The kids in the family are asking what is happening to him because he can talk to us in full sentences now. He has a smile on his face. He is a different kid! His psychiatrist called it 'the best Christmas present ever' to see the changes. I feel like the old Jonathan is coming back to me."-Lynn D., Massachusetts
"Our daughter took such a dramatic gain in her reading yesterday I was dumbfounded !" -Jenny K., Colorado
"We have a number of professionals involved in the care of our child and Judy is without question our favorite. Her personal attention and expertise have been instrumental in the steady development of our child's health and well being. When a question or issue falls outside the scope of her practice she has been an invaluable resource in providing referrals and related information." Karen S., Massachusetts
"She is speaking more. Even the gymnastics teacher asked 'What's up with your daughter She's talking more and so clearly!' She spoke eleven new words in one day" - Y.D., Virginia; parent of 4 year old
- Commission on Dietetic Registration: no. 723886
- Massachusetts Board of Dietitians & Nutritionists: no. 429
- Imagine! of Colorado provider for Early Intervention and Autism Services
- Hawaii Dietetic Assocation Public Relations Chairperson, 1992-3
- Student Innovator, University of Hawaii School of Public Health, 1988
- Speaker for US Autism & Asperger's Association, Autism Research Institute's Defeat Autism Now! conference, AutismOne, Magic Foundation, Colorado Autism Society, and more
- Colorado Autism Society Policy Committee Member
- Boulder Community Hospital Pediatric Rehab Services consultant