Hi! My name is Jen Belanger. I am a Registered Dietitian (RD), dog mom, and self-proclaimed chef and baker. I LOVE food; making it, eating it, talking about it, and teaching people how they can enjoy healthful foods for a fun and fulfilling life. I completed my undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, followed by my Master’s degree in Nutrition at UMASS Amherst. I have been an RD for over 5 years and have worked with individuals of all ages to improve their diets and manage chronic conditions. I have 5 years of clinical experience and a strong Medical Nutrition Therapy background, having worked in hospital, rehab, and long-term care settings. I love helping people achieve the best health that they can, and I recognize that healthy habits must start at a young age. My true passion is working with children and their families to improve their diets and quality of life. I’m a big believer that work should be enjoyable and rewarding, and I’m so lucky to say that I feel that way every single day in this profession. I have been consulting for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in their Belchertown and Wilbraham offices throughout 2018, but my ultimate goal is to help as many families as I can in the Western MA area. Some areas of personal interest include:
- Childhood obesity
- Gastrointestinal disorders including Celiac, IBS, IBD, and food allergies
- Underweight/Failure to Thrive
- Lipid disorders
- Nutrition support/tube feeding
- Infant and child feeding issues including picky eating
In addition to the areas listed above, I take pride in teaching families how to cook and prepare foods in new ways that will be acceptable to their children. Meeting individual food preferences and developing recipes are just a small part of my job as a dietitian, and this is how I develop personal connections with the families I work with.
I currently accept Health New England and Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance. I’ll soon be accepting other major insurance plans. If I do not currently accept your insurance, you can still schedule an appointment and pay a fee of $100 for a one hour session. My fee includes continual email or text message support, should this be desired by the patient. I can be reached via phone at 413-658-8590, JenTheRD@gmail.com, or you may schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at 413-599-1201.