Master's degree in health science from Drexel University
Certified as a Physician Assistant Medical Provider
Certified in Culinary Medicine from Tulane University's Culinary Medicine Specialist Program
Jessica has more than ten years of clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Jessica is the founder of Eat Your Way to Wellness and is dedicated to helping individuals learn which foods are nutrient dense and can support their overall wellness. Jessica truly believes that food, when safe, food can be utilized to treat and prevent disease as a first line therapy. Instead of grabbing for an over the counter analgesic, could we grab the bottle of cherry juice and turmeric powder? Instead of supplementing with synthetic vitamins and minerals, are there ways to improve a person's dietary intake? Jessica is passionate about making this thought process mainstream by helping provide practical tips and guidance through online videos, group workshops, and work with private individuals.
Jessica grew in up in the Hudson Valley, NY. Her fondest memories are those surrounded by her family at the dinner table - a place she learned values like hard work, patience, love, and perseverance.
Jessica graduated from Siena College in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Biology. During her 4 years at Siena College, she was one of the founding members of the Sister Thea Bowman Center for Women, which still exists today. She took full advantage of her college's opportunities and studied abroad in Siena, Tuscany, Italy. She fully immersed herself into the culture by living with an Italian family and taking intensive Italian language classes. Jessica became first aid certified and worked as a volunteer first responder for ambulance system in Italy.
In 2010, she went on to complete a Masters degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies at Drexel University. Since then, Jessica has been practicing medicine in the clinical setting in both inpatient, peri-surgical, and urgent care settings.
As a young woman, Jessica's relationship with food under went transformation after her diagnosis of with Polycystic Ovary Disease, Primary Amenorrhea, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and Esophageal Ulcers all before the age of 24. At that time, she felt hopeless, sick, and confused. Jessica was surprised and frustrated the treatment plans she was given by her providers focused little on food intake and strongly focused on prescription medication therapies. Food, Jessica knows, is the foundation for wellness. Jessica believes that only after proper nutrition and lifestyle has been modified, can medications and advanced treatments be most effective.
After her personal transformation and healing, Jessica was ready to help others who were facing similar obstacles. In 2016, Jessica founded Eat Your Way to Wellness. Eat Your Way to Wellness provides online episodes and services focused on empowering others. Having accurate and practical knowledge and tips about food can guide viewers and clients toward better choices for their wellness.
Jessica has been a featured guest speaker at large expos and conferences like the CBS6's Women's Health Expo in Richmond, VA. Jessica has been quoted as an expert in publications like Reader's Digest and SparkPeople.com. Jessica is sharing her knowledge with to the news and has been a guest expert on various media outlets, including Good Morning Washington, CT Live, and Virginia This Morning. She works closely to promote wellness with various brands like Bragg's Live Foods, OXO, Banza Pasta, Lavva Yogurt and so many more! Jessica is now the brand ambassador for Calphalon Cookware on QVC.
In an effort to enrich her community, Jessica sits on the board of the Rachel Way Gluten Free Food Pantry, a non-profit organization that services Jessica's local area. Jessica is the managing director of the King of Prussia chapter Polkadot Powerhouse, where she leads a monthly connection with other entrepreneurs and has the opportunity to support other women in business.