Lee Anne is a registered dietitian nutritionist with advanced training in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy, functional medicine, food sensitivities and food allergies.
She has been practicing nutrition for more than 20 years. Lee Anne is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta. Upon completing the Coordinated Undergraduate Program accredited by the American Dietetic Association, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Department of Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics. Lee Anne felt a great sense of accomplishment when her professors elected her Most Outstanding Nutrition Student and awarded her with the Sara M. Hunt Scholarship, a program in honor of the pioneering professor of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Georgia State.
Lee Anne’s career has taken her various places and in many diverse areas of nutrition and dietetics. Her experience ranges from food and medical sales; to consultant dietitian for long-term care facilities and rural hospitals; to clinical dietetics with an emphasis in critical care, nutrition support, and oncology; out-patient counseling; to nutrition educator of nursing students; and corporate dietitian for a food service management company specializing in Senior Nutrition. Prior to starting Be Well, she took on the most challenging, yet most rewarding job of being a stay-at-home mom for her two precious daughters, Annabelle and Josephine (“Josie”) and stepson, Patrick.
Lee Anne’s background in nutrition and dietetics proved to be invaluable when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with food allergies at just weeks old and Celiac Disease years later. As a stay-at-home mom, Lee Anne volunteered at her daughters’ school, and, of course, always found a way to talk about healthy eating habits. She helped educate teachers and staff on food allergies/sensitivities and Celiac Disease and was instrumental in revamping the school lunch program. So, needless to say, although Lee Anne was not out in the professional world, her passion to educate others on good food choices was never relinquished.
Lee Anne was drawn back to her profession for a very simple reason: passion and compassion. It was through her own health journey Lee Anne found a renewed excitement and deeper passion for her profession and a true compassion for those with chronic health problems.
“It has always been easy for me to talk about the outcomes of good and/or not so good food choices and how these decisions have a direct impact on our health and lifestyle. However, it was not until I had a personal health crisis that was reversed by a change in my diet, that I truly and deeply understood that we really are what we eat. I decided my case was way too strong to not share with others. I don’t want others to suffer. I can help, and I want to help.”
Be sure to read her Health Journey to see the positive impact of nutrition in her personal life.
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, The Institute of Functional Medicine
Food As Medicine, The Center for Mind Body Medicine
Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training, The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Certified LEAP Therapist Program, Signet Diagnostic Corporation
Protect Allergic Children Food Allergy & Intolerance Program, The ELL Foundation
Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis from a Functional Perspective, Dicken Weatherby, N.D.
First Line Therapy Therapeutic Lifestyle Program, Metagenics
Next Level Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy Certification Program, Susan Allen, RD, CCN
Culinary Nutrition for Integrative and Functional Nutrition Medical Nutrition Therapy, Amanda Archibald, RD
Certified Gluten Practitioner, Dr. Tom O’Bryan
The American Dietetic Association
California Dietetic Association
San Diego District Dietetic Association, 2010-11 Awards Chairperson
Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine
Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
The Institute of Functional Medicine
Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
1. Help clients identify the root cause of health problems,
2. Develop a nutrition plan that fits the individual biochemical make-up and lifestyle of each client, and
3. Provide clients with the necessary tools to achieve optimal health through diet, exercise, and stress reduction.
"Thank you" seems so inadequate in comparison to what you have done to improve my health, providing a higher quality of living. In the past few years I had begun to believe it was impossible to find anyone who could help me feel better. Traditional medical doctors continued to report that all my lab work was within normal ranges. Well, why didn't I feel normal? I wondered if maybe I WAS imagining it, maybe I didn't really have anything wrong. After my family doctor suggested I might want to seek counseling, I became depressed. I thought I needed to accept the physical state I am in and move on with life. However, it became more and more difficult to maintain simple daily activities. The joy I once experienced in my life was gone.
Over the past several years, I had noticed more health issues. I felt like I was always digesting food even if it had been several hours since I had eaten. Constipation and bloating were a daily problem for me. My face became puffy and I had overall swelling, especially in my legs. In a short matter of time, I'd gained over 20 pounds while dieting. Even after a full night's sleep, I felt very tired. I experienced a headache almost daily without relief. My joints ached. My skin, especially my hands were extremely dry, cracked and bloody most days. The more weight I gained, the more depressed I became and the less I felt like exercising. My family noticed I was extremely irritable and impatient. My joy was replaced with misery. It was like I had become a different person. I found it difficult to complete a sentence. Always felt like I was living in a fog. No longer did I want to spend time with friends. I tried to avoid social activities and even going to church.
When you listened to me and investigated my laundry list of symptoms, I felt like you really cared about me. It was obvious that you wanted to help me discover what was truly happening to cause all my symptoms. You reaffirmed for me that the way I was feeling was legitimate even if it didn't coincide with traditional medical results. Finally, I began to see hope in my situation.
After months of lab work and necessary supplement replacement, I am feeling better than I have felt in many years. I have learned the importance of nutrition. Formerly when I would be on a diet, I would try to manipulate the guidelines so that I could still eat what I wanted although I expected the promised results. Now, I truly desire to eat healthy, whole foods which are free of toxins and promote exceptional health. Eating a piece of cake and not feeling poorly afterwards wasn't an accomplishment, though I thought I was beating the system. What I was eating was silently destroying my body. After years and years of poor nutrition, I have finally understood the significance of what I eat. When my body manifested signs of decline, I finally saw that I was reaping what I had sown.
Today, I feel like I am becoming a new person. Not like I used to be, but an improved version. My swelling continues to go down everyday. I have energy when I wake up in the morning and my body doesn't ache. I haven't had a headache for several weeks. My digestive system is better than it has ever been and I don't crave sugar anymore. My hands are so soft and my hair and skin are no longer dry. I'm much more patient and less irritable and moody. Words come to mind much quicker. Overall, I can see changes where I didn't even recognize here was a problem. I know it will still be more months as I continue to eliminate toxins in my body, but I am hopeful and it makes me feel joyful! Thank you Lee Anne for always searching for answers for me. I feel fortunate that you are in a network of other prominent functional medicine professionals. You have made me feel like I am a priority. I appreciate how you have shown me through your own life how to eat and live in optimal health.
I was referred to Lee Anne Walsh, RDN, CLT, CGP by my primary care physician last fall. We had been in California for about two years. My symptoms started before our move from Boston. I went to a gastroenterologist for stomach problems, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea, and cramping. I had an endoscopy and had several colonoscopies which all had been negative. My symptoms got worse, even though I was eating healthy. I had yogurt, milk, whole grain bread, etc. I stopped going places and was generally uncomfortable. My gastroenterologist in Boston or locally had no answers or suggestions.
It had been several years that I had not been feeling well, and I was skeptical about going to a nutritionist. I found Lee Anne was very easy to talk to and felt she was someone who understood. Lee Anne recommended the Mediator Release Test (MRT) and LEAP program for me. Again, I was skeptical.
When I got the results of my blood test, I was surprised by some of the foods identified as intolerable for me. Some of the foods that I thought were healthy for me were not. Lee Anne provided a very comprehensive explanation of the program, how and what I was to eat, and suggestions for meals.
As I was working through my immunocalm diet, I had to be patient, and Lee Anne was so positive and informative. I had to learn a new way of eating. She explained that whole foods were better for me than processed. It took time for my body to become accustomed to meals with whole foods, and I actually started to cook and enjoy spices and flavorings. I love fish now and did not before. My condition slowly improved as I stuck to my food list. Lee Anne was always so positive, upbeat, knowledgeable and professional, yet kind and patient with me.
I feel like a new person now! I am very careful about what I eat. When eating away from home, I need to make sure of the ingredients in all foods. Lee Anne taught me what questions to ask and gave me confidence to ask questions in restaurants. I enjoy cooking now and shopping for healthy foods.
What impressed me most about Lee Anne’s services was her dedication to improving my health. Her support and encouragement along the way was instrumental in my healing. I appreciate her knowledge, thoroughness, and patience.
I would most definitely recommend the services of Lee Anne Walsh, RDN, CLT, CGP as well as the MRT and LEAP program. I have already referred a co-worker to Lee Anne.