I have been fascinated by the human body for as long as I can recall. At the prime age of 10, I began checking out library books to learn how every part of the body worked. But there was always one body part that no book could ever fully explain to me: the brain. I was always left wondering exactly how it worked and where mental illness came from. These questions imprinted on me and sent me on a path that ultimately led to studying neuroscience and discovering the gut-brain connection.

Along this path I discovered firsthand how changing what you eat can transform your health. Soon I realized the innate connectivity of the body and the importance of building wellness from within. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wanted to teach others how to use food as medicine.

Today, I enjoy working with patients to find the foods and lifestyle that support their body’s innate ability to thrive. I love showing them how to put together the puzzle pieces in their health story and how to make changes that are sustainable. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching ballet and hip hop, doing yoga, hiking, and making new recipes.

Education and Certifications

  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice, 2018

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist, Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists, 2017

  • Maryland University of Integrative Health, MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health, 2015-2017

  • University of Michigan, BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 2012-2015

Experience

  • Nutritionist, Owner at Jen Unruh Integrative Nutrition, 2017-2018

  • Nutrition Intern, Capital Integrative Health, 2017-2018

  • Nutrition Internship, Maryland University of Integrative Health, 2016-2017

  • Nutrition Education, Montgomery County Department of Recreation, 2016

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