Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists
in Santa Monica, California & New York
Whole person, whole food approach to health
Many of my clients come to me with questions about why they’re doing what Google tells them to do but they’re not feeling any better.
It’s time for a personalized approach to your wellness to help
free you from your health concerns so you can:
Free your energy, free your spirit and free your life.
Hi, I’m Ilene
I created PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness LLC to allow people to experience a more holistic and functional form of nutrition coaching.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 2000, my personal
journey solidified by my training showed me how important nutrition
was to our well-being. What we ate was the key to providing our body with the nutrients to keep us healthy, to heal and to create the life we wanted to live.
In college, I majored in business management because I wanted to be like my father who was a successful business owner. I lived with a roommate who was vegan. I knew nothing about vegetarian nutrition at the time but I was always a foodie. I started eating vegan food and became vegan.
Over time, I became iron deficient (there are not nearly as many bioavailable iron sources so you have to know how to plan your diet).
Then a couple of years later I developed a soy allergy. As most of my diet included a lot of soy products this all made being vegan
more of a challenge! Aside from reactions from soy milk and anemia, I still felt better eating more vegetables!
I let go of being vegan to expand my food options, but maintained my interest in nutrition and healthy cooking and eating and enrolled
in a Master’s program in nutrition at NYU then did my dietetic internship and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Even after I became an RDN, while on paper I had a nutritious and varied diet things didn’t improve enough in the adverse food
reactions department. In addition to being severely lactose intolerant, I had continued digestive issues, so I took a great interest in
digestive health. I worked with the low FODMAP diet but then expanded into offering food sensitivity testing and micronutrient
testing through which I’ve helped many clients resolve their symptoms.
In 2013, I made the decision to leave my full-time hospital clinic job, and go into private practice exclusively. I then founded PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness LLC. Having been a dedicated yogi and yoga teacher since 2007 I started combining yoga, yoga therapy and nutrition in my work with clients. I pursued yoga therapy programs and became a certified yoga therapist and love the combination of nutrition and yoga therapy. It’s so holistic as it’s much more than just what people eat that plays a role in their health.
I merged my expertise as a yoga therapist to create mindfulness meditations, guided imagery and breathing techniques for my clients to give them tools to manage stress better.
I am based in Santa Monica (Los Angeles) California, and Michele is based in New York. We are licensed to do in person and virtual (online) consultations in both of these states, as well as virtual consultations in Arizona, Colorado and Virginia.
Hi, I’m Michele
During this time I made some dietary changes for myself, and saw a vast improvement to my health. I saw firsthand how big of an impact
nutrition can have in healing which led me to continue my career path to obtain my Master’s from NYU .and become a Registered Dietitian.
Now I use my unique combination of culinary arts to help clients establish a unique and meaningful relationship with food. Guiding my
clients to reconnect with food, allowing them to address their overall well-being and health.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I love being able to take a holistic and integrative approach to nutrition that provides my clients
a strong foundation to make lasting, sustainable changes.