I’m GI Jennifer
My mission is to help you find freedom from GI discomfort and some of the problems that make it difficult for you to enjoy life. I’m an integrative and functional nutrition expert with over 30 years of experience working in GI health, including pediatrics. As a GI dietitian, I take pride in helping my clients move from everyday GI distress to “once-in-a-blue-moon” discomfort. Let your journey to restored health and well-being begin here!
My Story + Approach
I am a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist specializing in integrative and functional nutrition. I believe in the power of food as medicine and approach client success through a holistic lens focusing on stress management, dietary & lifestyle changes, and supplement recommendations, when needed. I am passionate about helping people see how the food they eat directly influences the health of their gut and ultimately their overall well-being. I would love to guide you in a personalized approach to support your digestive health, your immune system, and overall well-being.
With decades of experience in GI health and pediatrics, I have acquired numerous certifications to continuously elevate my knowledge and enhance my practice. By practicing as a Certified LEAP Therapist and Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner, I have seen firsthand how personalized food and nutrition plans can provide life-changing results. Even after years of suffering, my clients feel relief as they modify and adjust their diet to meet their specific needs and address the root cause of their problems.
- M.S. Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Clinical Dietetic Internship, Emory University, Atlanta
- B.S. Home Economics, major in nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP), 2019
- Certified Gluten Practitioner™, 2016
- Certification to teach Hearth to Health, a series of culinary nutrition workshops, 2015
- Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, American Dietetic Association, 2007
- Certified LEAP Therapist, Oxford Biomedical Technologies, 2007
Training & Professional development
- GI Dietitian’s Roadmap Course, 25 hours training from the SIBO Academy, 2022
- SIBO Course, 7.5 hours training from the SIBO Academy, 2020
- Achieved credentialing as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™, 2019, by the IFN Academy. This credential requires over 220 hours of continuing education and successful passing of an exam.
- 5-day GI Practicum at the University of Michigan: FOOD: The Main Course to Health, Nutritional Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders, 2016
- Level II & Level III Mentor Training in Integrative and Functional Medical
Nutrition Therapy, from Susan Allen, RD, CCN, Next Level Functional Nutrition, 2014
- Mastering the Low FODMAP Diet for IBS: Beyond the Basics, 2014
- What Every RD Needs to Know about FODMAPs, 2013
- Institute for Functional Medicine 2012: July, Functional Nutrition Course & September, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice
- RD Food Allergy & Intolerance Management Training Program from the ELL Foundation, 2011
My mission is to help all people create sound habits and behaviors that foster a healthy lifestyle. I have experience in community nutrition and corporate wellness during my day job, where I focus on population-based behavior changes that support overall well-being. Through this experience, I have learned the power of individual behavior changes that contribute to community health. As a consultant with GI Jennifer, I will help you find solutions that support your overall well-being and truly nourish your mind and body.
My Story + Approach
I am a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist specializing in family nutrition and the gut-brain connection. Like Jennifer, I believe in the power of food as medicine and approach nutrition and well-being with a holistic, sustainable lens. My passions are fostering a healthy family eating environment and optimizing the mind-body connection. I believe that the social and environmental aspects of eating impact our body and mind just as much as the actual eating itself does. I would love to help you navigate your eating environment and how the food you eat impacts both mind and body.
- M.S. Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Maternal & Child Nutrition Concentrations, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Dietetic Internship, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- B.S.E., Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Minor, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
- Certified LEAP Therapist, Oxford Biomedical Technologies, 2022
- Principles of Positive Youth Development Certificate, 2020
- Youth Voice and Engagement Certificates, 2020
Publications & conference Presentations
- McElrone M, Evans J, Steeves EA, Barroso CS, Spence M. Development of a Data Visualization Tool to Evaluate the Impact of a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program on MCH Populations. Matern Child Health J. 2023 Apr;27(4):611-620. doi: 10.1007/s10995-023-03606-7. Epub 2023 Mar 2. PMID: 36862262.
- Evans J, Castellanos, D. Assessing the Use of Cooking Demonstrations on Healthy Eating Barriers in City Bus Riders. Am J Undergrad Res. 2019;16:65-73. 10.33697/ajur.2019.017.
- Evans J. “Evaluation of the Remote Provision of Local Food Assistance and Access Resources (FAAR) Training Program.” Poster presentation at Association of State Public Health Nutritionist Annual Meeting. June 14-18, 2020. Virtual.
- Evans, J. “Nurture Young Children’s Health and Curiosity During COVID-19.” Poster presentation at HER NOPREN Virtual Student Poster Presentations. August 26, 2020. Virtual.
- Evans J. “Local Policy Recommendations to Support Community Gardens.” Poster presentation at Association of State Public Health Nutritionist Annual Meeting. June 15-18, 2020. Virtual.
- Evans J. “Maternal and Child Health Leaders Embrace Positive Youth Development Strategies.” Poster presentation at Making Lifelong Connections Tenth Annual Meeting: Embrace the Possibilities. April 2, 2020. Virtual.
- Evans J, Castellanos D. “Assessing the Use of Cooking Demonstrations of Healthy Eating Barriers in City Bus Riders.” Poster presentation at Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. May 11, 2018. Columbus, OH