Hello and welcome! My name is Jen and I’m delighted you are here. Salatino Nutrition was created out of a fascination between gut health and behavior, particularly in children and young adults. It’s a personal passion to help other families with questions and approaches to support the nutritional needs of their loved ones, including those with intellectual and developmental disorders. I know and understand the desire to help your kids feel good, reduce problematic behaviors, beat an eating disorder, or simply feel more comfortable in their skin. Get to know more about me here and learn how much it would be an honor to help you and your family navigate your child's nutritional journey.
In 2008 my life took an unexpected turn. I was happy and successful in a career as a software consulting project manager, but it did not invigorate me. I was using my free time to study nutrition topics. I have always had a passion for food and cooking, but I had some interesting nutritional challenges in my own family that fascinated me. The effort became an obsession. Popular nutrition literature is full of sensationalism and half-truths. What’s the right diet? Gluten-Free? Casein Free? Preservatives? Food Dyes? What should we do? I had to learn the science so I could understand the issues and research. One day my amazing husband said to me, "Why don't you make a career out of your nutrition studies? It’s what you love!” Without hesitation, I went back to school and found the answers I needed to start helping others. I knew I wouldn’t likely make a disability completely resolve itself, but I could at least find ways to help make kids feel more comfortable in their skin. Fast forward a few years of research, degrees, internships, board exams, and experience. Here I am, a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist, ready and eager to help other families with children of special needs or behavioral issues. The passion is there. It would be an honor to help you and your children. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more.
Curious to learn a little more about me? Here's what's on my happy list:
Simply put, I love to bring peace of mind, comfort with food, and moments of joy to others.
Founder & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
I am here to help you through any of the following nutritional concerns or issues with your children:
Most sessions are conducted virtually via a private and secure online video software platform. In-home appointments are also an option. By coming to you and your home or working together through video call sessions, we can work together and avoid the added stress of going to an unfamiliar environment. Allow me to take the burden away and discuss your concerns in person or via video chat. Most in-home appointments are within the Richmond, VA metropolitan area. But, exceptions are often made!