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After working in the healthcare field for a Fortune 500 company for ten years, Susan realized her passion for helping people obtain optimal well-being through health and wellness coaching.

Since then, she has trained with the world’s top health and wellness experts, gaining a deep understanding of scientifically proven methods and cutting-edge mind-body-spirit theories.

Susan founded Defining Nutrition® in 2009 to support clients in reaching their goals through an integrative approach to nutrition and health coaching. In her private health coaching practice, she has worked with people from all over the world. Susan is committed to helping individuals improve their health and well-being, leading to greater personal freedom and happiness.

Many eating challenges are often connected to stress - whether at work, in health, or in relationships.

That's why one of the best paths to lasting wellness is self-care.

A key component of self-care is learning to live more mindfully.


Skillful coaches can be the bridge between remaining stuck in old habits and living a life of optimal well-being. Susan assists in the development of well-trained health coaches through her role as a professional mentor, facilitator, and master coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).


Since 2010, she has supported thousands of students on their journey to becoming a health coach through IIN's Professional Health Coach Training Program. 


She has also been a faculty member on a number of the Advanced Courses at IIN, including the Coaching Mastery Course and The Coaching Intensive Practicum.

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Susan’s extensive training in Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching includes over 100 different dietary theories from the East to the West. 


She has studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts, including:


  • Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine 

  • Dr. Deepak Chopra, a leader in the field of mind-body medicine

  • Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center

  • Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University

  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Susan is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is also a Certified Nutritionist through the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. 

She is also one of the first National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches in the country, certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Pursuing her interest in mind-body nutrition, Susan attended the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she studied with Marc David, a world-renowned master nutritionist/psychologist. 


Susan is currently one of thirteen Eating Psychology coaches worldwide who has earned the advanced designation of Eating Psychology Teacher.

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To further help others achieve sustainable well-being,

Susan has earned credentials in positive psychology, a science focused on the character strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to flourish and lead more fulfilling lives.


Susan completed the Certificate in Positive Psychology (CIPP) and the Positive Psychology Coaching Course at the Wholebeing Institute. The Certificate in Positive Psychology (CIPP) program was taught by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a leading expert known for teaching positive psychology at Harvard University.


Susan has also completed the Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program through the Flourishing Center in New York.

Based on the science of positive psychology, Susan created the

Positivity Gem Cards, a tool for increasing happiness and well-being.


What is Eating Psychology?


Many people struggle with their relationship to food. This leads to unhealthy habits like overeating, emotional eating, and stress eating.

Eating psychology addresses these and other food challenges at their root cause by helping individuals cultivate and maintain a healthy relationship with food...and with themselves.

Since overcoming eating challenges is linked to increased emotional and physical well-being, Susan believes it is essential to make time for self-care.

Self-care begins with an awareness of what you are needing most in the present moment.

Learn more about Susan's role as a mindfulness teacher and mentor below:

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