EXPERIENCE, INTEGRITY, DEDICATION

Laura Pumillo, Registered Dietitian

I’ve been a practicing dietitian for over two decades.  I treat individuals with eating disorders, weight & body image issues and the complications that accompany these conditions.  I provide individualized care to promote health, vitality, and freedom from food preoccupation.  

Everyone who enters my office is treated with respect and dignity.  My expertise is helping people fully recover from Anorexia Nervosa- restricting and binge/purge subtypes, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Night Eating Syndrome, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and other unspecified feeding and eating disorders.  I can assure you that complete remission is possible as long as you're willing to put in the work.

My clinical experience was obtained as the Clinical Nutrition Manager of the dedicated, inpatient Eating Disorders Program at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center-Westchester.

I managed the nutrition program under the supervision of top experts in the field — notably Dr. Katherine Halmi, a renowned psychiatrist and pediatrician. Dr. Halmi, MD is a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders, with published research dating back to the seventies. From this position, I made a move from Clinical Nutrition Manager to private practitioner.

Before opening my own practice, I spent 10 years as a Senior Dietitian alongside Joy Bauer, MS, RD, the well-known author and expert nutritionist for The Today Show.

I hold certificates as a New York State Nutritionist and iadep® Eating Disorder Specialist & Supervisor, with a graduate degree in Health Education and Promotion.  I'm a somatic (embodied) therapy and trauma-informed professional.

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My Philosophy

I am a clinical and holistic practitioner. A holistic approach is about treating the whole person.  It involves a multidimensional view of healing.  An understanding that people are much more than their physical bodies. We are mental, emotional and spiritual beings living in a complex cultural environment.  I understand the influence of outside factors on individual health decisions.  I know that your values and desires must be considered as a central component of the healing process of mind and body.

My team and I provide individualized, client-centered nutritional therapy. The primary goal is to help clients bridge the gap between knowledge and behavior change.

The long-term goal is to cultivate a positive and pleasurable relationship with food and eating while feeling comfortable in your one-of-a-kind body. 

I encourage people to make manageable changes in their eating patterns that will produce lasting results. I embrace a variety of strategies to assist everyone in achieving their goals.  Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and a non-diet approach along with an understanding of the "power of habit," are just some of the tools I use to help you navigate through the rough terrain that often accompanies change.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • New York State Dietetic Association
  • iadep® New York Chapter
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics