Real food. Real solutions.

About Us


Marie Bieber, RD, CSP, CDN

What up y’all?! I am Marie, aka “Pearl,” a real food Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, self-proclaimed Nutrition Genius, travel enthusiast and all around dweeb.

I am fascinated by the enterohepatic circulation of bile and I love avocados so much I named my dog after them. My favorite word is fetus, I love the five second rule (because microbes make the world go ’round) and I think butter, salt, and garlic can bring about world peace. Growing up I used to think french fries were a sufficient lunch, pizza before practice was just a good way to carb load, and I only needed vegetables with dinner. Wrong-o. I stumbled into the nutrition world in a weird way but the second I did life just clicked. From that moment on I knew I was meant to save the world with fruits and vegetables.

My educational background includes degrees in Nutrition and Psychology and a Dietetic Internship at West Virginia University Healthcare in Morgantown, West Virginia. I believe real foods can heal and improve quality of life and I’m here to teach you how they can help you. I am not the food police, I am not here to yell at you for your dietary trespasses. I am here to lead you from temptation and help you eat delicious food that makes you look and feel great. And of course, I am here to make you laugh and actually enjoy learning.

I see clients in person in Rochester, New York but if you have a phone or a computer I can see you from wherever your heart desires. Contact me to set up an appointment!

Karlee Bushnell, RD, CDN

Hi all – so happy to meet you! My name is Karlee Bushnell and I am a Registered Dietitian. I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and have such a pride for this city. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and completion of my dietetic internship through Simmons College in Boston, MA with a focus in medical nutrition therapy and treatment for eating disorders.

I realize that nutrition and wellness can be confusing topics, and we live in a world where “diet culture” seems to be the norm. I believe in celebrating body diversity, and that “health” looks different for everyone. I have a passion for implementing intuitive eating and body positivityinto everyday life and helping individuals wade through mixed media messages. I am also a certified facilitator of the Body Project, which is a body acceptance and eating disorders prevention program to improve body positivity, media literacy, and self-confidence in individuals.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with friends, family, and my pets.

Julianna Grasso, RD

Hello Everyone- my name is Julianna Grasso and I am super excited to be a part of the Pearls of Nutrition Team. I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and have had a long history with nutrition. From a young age I experienced undiagnosed stomach problems and had to follow my share of elimination diets, with very limited guidance. As an athlete nutrition was always of interest to me, but what helped me discover dietetics was my love for food and my want to understand how nutrition can effect overall health and longevity. 

My educational history began with studying Dietetics at The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta. Recently, I completed my dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic. During my time in Cleveland, I got to explore my interest in many different gastrointestinal problems and learn treatment methods from some of the experts in the field of nutrition. Some of my most memorable experiences were made with the Center for Gut Rehabilitation and Transplant. As I return to New York and start with Pearls of Nutrition, I am excited to work with a population that I not only can empathize with, but that I hope to make a difference with. I can’t wait to continue to grow my knowledge as I am an avid learner and actually enjoy reading about all things gut health!

Besides my educational background I have a love for eating all different types of food. Being a part of a big Italian family, I have a huge soft spot for pasta and homemade sauce. Being outdoors and exploring new cities and towns brings me happiness. I am also an extrovert and get my energy from being around the friends and family that I love.