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, CDN
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.
Kelly Ogden, MS, RD, CDN
Hi! My name is Kelly Ogden and I am a Registered Dietitian. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta as well as a combined Masters and Dietetic Internship.
I believe in an All Foods Fit Philosophy where there are no inherently “good” or “bad” foods. I believe that everyone deserves to enjoy food and avoid allowing food to have power over them. I work from an individualized approach where I meet clients where they are and provide a supportive environment to challenge food beliefs. I have worked in a variety of eating disorder treatment settings including inpatient, residential and intensive outpatient (IOP). I look forward to working with you and helping you heal your relationship with food.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors and trying new foods and restaurants. I am also a big fan of game nights and enjoy getting together with family and friends for some friendly competition.
Megan Gawronski, RD, CDN
Hello everyone! My name is Megan Gawronski. I am new to the Rochester area, originally from Buffalo. I graduated from SUNY Buffalo State through their coordinated B.S./internship dietetics program. My college experience was fast-paced and nothing short of exciting. In the mornings I’d be calculating tube feeds in the ICU, and in the afternoon I’d be running cooking classes at a local food bank. Through this, I fell in love with all aspects of nutrition.
I’m switching gears with outpatient, as my prior experience is heavily-focused in clinical nutrition. Having an outlet to educate in this setting has always been my dream, and I’m so excited to be joining the Pearls of Nutrition team!
My goal has always been to make healthy eating fun- I can tell you which fad diet you’d be most likely to try based on your zodiac sign, then help you understand why that fad diet probably won’t work long-term. I want to meet you where you’re at financially, as one of the major barriers to eating healthy is budget. Together we can work through any health condition or state of mind. I want to be the person you’re excited to tell successes to, and also the person you’re not afraid to admit downfalls to. This is a no-shame-zone, we are all human, and humans have to eat.
Aside from being a dietitian, I love spoiling my two cats, going to garage sales, cooking and eating delicious food (obviously), watching Survivor, and spending time with friends and family! I can’t wait to get to know you, and am even more excited to be a part of your health journey.
Hi everyone! My name is Ava Ajlouny, and I am so happy to be a part of the Pearls of Nutrition team! I will be working remotely with the team to assist with their day-to-day tasks and goals. I am currently a senior at Illinois State University, majoring in nutrition, and minoring in psychology. I will be starting my dietetic internship in the fall of 2021 as the last step on my path to becoming a Registered Dietitian.
My interest in nutrition began after repeatedly coming across articles and social media posts filled with misleading and questionable diet information. I soon noticed a lot of misunderstanding about nutrition from acquaintances, friends, and family, which made me wonder what a healthy diet looks genuinely looks like. My curiosity led me to study nutrition in school and understand the scientific truth for myself. I am eager to start applying my knowledge to teach others about nutrition and create a more simplistic and enjoyable relationship with food.
Some of my favorite things to do in life include going on walks, listening to music, trying new things, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.