Amy Gardner, MS, RD (Owner)
Owner/ Registered Dietitian
Amy grew up in southern Maine and developed a strong interest in nutrition as she watched a number of close relatives develop chronic health conditions and benefit from lifestyle changes. Later, she became acutely aware of the body image pressure adolescents experience while simultaneously seeing how food could help fuel her athletic performance.
Amy’s interest in nutrition and passion for helping people led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in clinical nutrition from UNH. She went on to receive an MS from NYU while completing a dietetic internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center. After her graduating, Amy accepted a position at the VA hospital as the Outpatient Dietitian in the Renal Dialysis, Hematology, Immunology and Oncology clinics where she further developed her clinical knowledge.
Following several years in New York, Amy returned to New England, continuing her outpatient counseling work at Boston Medical Center. She gained a deep understanding of the connection between psychology and eating while working at several programs at McLean Hospital (Behavioral Health Partial Program, 3 East, The Pavilion and Appleton). Through her work here, she discovered her passion for working with eating disorders while developing a strong knowledge of complex psychiatric illness and further developing her counseling skills. In her role as Senior Nutritionist at the Klarman Eating Disorder Center, Amy also found her calling for management, program development and mentoring others.
Amy founded Metrowest Nutrition in 2011 after nine years in private practice in Newton, MA. Her private practice work is focused on eating disorders, pediatric feeding concerns, autism and ADHD and a holistic approach to wellness and disease prevention. Amy works collaboratively with patients, parents, psychologists, feeding teams, occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists and schools to help her clients reach their health goals while fostering a positive relationship with food.
Amy combines a non-diet approach to eating and a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach with mindfulness techniques to help empower individuals to listen to their bodies’ internal cues and become more attuned to their unique biological rhythms. She believes eating should be flexible and pleasurable while providing the necessary fuel for life.
Pediatric and Family Feeding