The Practitioners at Soolman Nutrition and Wellness LLC

Jonah Soolman

RD, LDN, ACSM EP-C, NSCA-CPT

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer
  • BS Human Nutrition, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • BS Mathematics and English, Tufts University

At 20 years old, my definition of exquisite nutrition was including a small bowl of iceberg lettuce with my dinner. As co-captain of my Tufts University tennis team and with three Boston Marathons already behind me, I was active enough to more than make up for eating whatever I wanted, right?

Shortly thereafter, a health scare inspired me to consider what I could do to take better care of myself. Ultimately, I departed my research analyst position with the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to reenter academia at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a focus on nutrition.

While studying nutrition, I earned multiple personal fitness trainer certifications and coached clients at a couple of local gyms. Although I no longer work as a trainer, my experience in that capacity deepened my understanding of physical activity, which enables me to better help my patients today.

After earning my nutrition degree, I completed an accredited dietetic internship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Interning at this Harvard Medical School-affiliated institution afforded me opportunities to work side by side with some of the world’s best practitioners in clinical, community, and research settings.

As a Registered Dietitian, I help individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and medical conditions reach their goals. My patients span nearly the entire life cycle, all the way from tweens to the elderly. They come seeking guidance for a variety of nutrition-related issues, including eating disorders, disordered eating, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and blood sugar concerns.

Most commonly though, I work with people who have tried numerous diets and are sick of seeing their weight temporarily drop only to inevitably rebound. Fed up with failing diets and being at war with food and their bodies, they come to me because I offer the antithesis. By taking the focus off of weight and rules, we can form a new and more peaceful relationship with food based on satisfaction, flexibility, and health.

In the female-dominated field that is dietetics, in which 97.5% of Registered Dietitians are women, males are a rarity. Given that, although I certainly work with people of all genders, I see many boys and men who feel most comfortable working with a fellow guy.

When I am not working, I enjoy getting outside and moving by body. In addition to time spent playing NCAA tennis, my proudest athletic achievements include riding my bicycle from Seattle to Boston for charity and running up Mount Washington on four separate occasions.

Trying new restaurants is also a hobby of mine, as are keeping my favorite ice cream shops in business with frequent visits and experimenting with my own cookie recipes (with varying degrees of success), all evidence that a healthy relationship with food and enjoyable eating can actually be synonymous.

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Joanne Levy Soolman

MS, RD, LDN

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • MS Nutrition and Health Promotion, Simmons College
  • BA Psychology, Brown University

I offer nutrition and wellness counseling, specializing in helping individuals with disordered eating, weight management, and nutrition for the prevention/management of illness.

My practice in nutrition counseling is a product of my extensive psychology and nutrition background. After graduating from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I worked as a community residence counselor at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI). It was at the OCDI that I first encountered individuals with eating disorders and was able to learn more about the complexities of these disorders.

I went on to the didactic program in dietetics, a dietetic internship, and received my Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College. Upon completing my education, I worked as a Registered Dietitian at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center’s (CEDC) residential and partial hospitalization treatment programs. At CEDC, I helped clients with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders, as well as clients with a variety of disordered eating habits, to establish a healthier relationship with food.

I believe that nutrition and psychology go hand in hand; one of the most important factors in helping someone to make changes in his or her life is to understand that person’s capacity and willingness for change, as well as helping that person identify and overcome the obstacles that are holding him or her back from making progress. With this philosophy in mind, I use Motivational Interviewing, a client-centered approach, to help my clients reach their health goals.

I am a professional member of the Multiservice Eating Disorder Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association), and I enjoy continuing my education and staying up to date on the latest scientific nutrition findings so I can share this information with my clients. When I am not working, I enjoy cheering on my favorite Boston sports teams, trying out new recipes, and playing tennis.

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