About This Practice: Nutrition Care for Children

About Judy Converse MPH RD LD

Judy Converse MPH RD LD

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. Unfortunately, our pediatricians didn't know how to 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 five books, and created the first web-interface accredited learning module for health care providers on nutrition and autism in 2008.

Parents often ask me about vaccines. My graduate training in public health taught me how safe, necessary, and effective vaccines are meant to be. The Supreme Court ruled vaccines to be "not reliably safe or effective". Thousands of children have entered the US DHHS Vaccine Court seeking compensation for injuries and deaths from vaccines. 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

 

Nourish = flourish! Food and optimal nutrition are crucial for your child's brain and body to grow and function typically. But, pediatricians are not required to rigorously study or apply much about nutrition 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.

My goal is to help your child reach his or her fullest possible potential for wellness and functional ability. I established Nutrition Care For Children in 1999 to support infants, toddlers, children, and teens with integrative nutrition care that is personalized, targeted, and evidence-based. I also work with adults and moms of my pediatric clients on request. In 2014, I joined Jill Carnahan MD to practice in her office, at Flatiron Functional Medicine in Louisville, Colorado - a great privilege, as Dr. Carnahan is a renown functional medicine physician.

I specialize in supporting kids with food allergy, feeding/growth concerns, FPIES, weak progress in feeding clinics, tube feeding, asthma, ADHD/ADD, autism, Asperger's syndrome, mood concerns, PANDAS, learning disabilities, Down's syndrome, 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.

While often a critical adjunct to medical care, nutrition is not a substitute for it. I encourage you to establish partnerships with MD providers who acknowledge the role of nutrition in your kids' health and who honor your intuitive cues as a parent. 

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"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

 
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"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

 
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"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

 
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"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.

 
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"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

 
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"Our daughter took such a dramatic gain in her reading yesterday I was dumbfounded !" -Jenny K., Colorado

 
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"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

 
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"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

 
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