We’re excited to announce that Amy Masterson, registered dietitian and nutritionist will be joining the Root team! Amy will begin seeing clients in September, and we’re lucky to welcome such a talented dietitian as well as meal prep extraordinaire (for those of you who met her at our first meal prep class!). She has a special interest and background in healthy weight management and skin health – and how this relates to the gut! She’s also interested in helping our clients meal prep and cook at home.
Amy enjoys simplifying the complex science of nutrition by focusing on real, whole foods in meals that are made at home. She believes that food is meant to nourish our bodies and give us energy to do the things we want to do – not become another added stress in our lives. A healthy relationship with food takes effort, but Amy is confident that this is attainable for anyone. She provides evidence-based information that empowers individuals to make sustainable lifestyle changes for optimal health.
We asked Amy a few questions:
Why did you become a dietitian?
After college, I found that in my first job I was working with machines when I wanted to be working with people. I found myself finding joy in making a healthy breakfast before going to work, meal planning and grocery shopping, not in the work I was doing. To this day I can’t tell you exactly how it happened, but I found Eastern Michigan’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics and never looked back. I completed my master’s degree in 2016 and have been loving RD life ever since.
How do you work with clients?
Every person has individual nutrition needs. My first step when working with a client is to understand the big picture of food in their life currently. Then, I work with the client to develop measurable goals and create a customized plan moving forward. I understand that dietary changes can be overwhelming on top of everything else going on in life, so I like to keep things organized and clear with actionable steps.
What are your passions?
My passions include whole food nutrition, getting in the kitchen, and sustainability. Those sound like “work answers,” but that’s what I’m passionate about, dietitian or not, and why I’m so thankful to be in the field that I am. Reducing waste (food, plastic, etc.) is a personal priority. Anne-Marie Bonneau (the Zero Waste Chef) said, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
What are your special areas of interest as a dietitian?
Gut health and skin health, including SIBO and low FODMAP diets. Amy is also completing certification for mediator release food sensitivity testing and will be able to customize elimination diets.
Why did you decide to join Root Functional Medicine?
Not all providers in conventional medicine believe in the importance of nutrition. Dr. Armstrong and Root take it to the next level by believing in food as medicine. We have the ability to prevent and manage disease through the foods we eat, and as a dietitian at Root, I am empowered to help you make these changes. I truly believe that functional medicine is the future of healthcare and I could not be more excited to work for this woman-owned business.
What is your favorite food?
Oh man, this is definitely the hardest question. I would have to say authentic Mexican tacos with all of the cilantro.
What is a health tip that you personally do?
Meal prep. It has changed my life. If you’re a busy person, meal planning and prepping is essential to healthy eating. I prep food on Sunday for the week – breakfast and lunches ready to go, and ingredients prepped for making dinners at home on weeknights.
What’s the best part of your job?
Hands down the best part of my job is getting to talk with people when they are feeling better, hearing about all of the things they’ve been able to do since making healthy lifestyle changes. That’s what it’s all about.