Robin Randisi, NTP, RWP, CGP
I’m a functional nutritionist dedicated to empowering women to reclaim their health.
My specialty is helping women resolve their period problems, get rid of pelvic pain, balance their hormones, and recover from post-birth control syndrome.
My unique approach combines nutritional therapy and coaching with the principles of functional medicine in order to create a truly holistic, bio-individualized path to restoring vibrant health.
I’m based in Brooklyn, New York, but I work with clients from all over the country by video chat or phone. Learn more about my nutrition counseling services.
I'm here to help you understand what your body’s telling you from a functional and holistic perspective so that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare—and so that you can finally feel like you’re in control of your health.
Using food as medicine is the foundation of my practice, but I don’t believe there’s one particular diet that’s right for everyone. I don’t buy into decades-old dogma or trendy diets based on a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Instead, I’m trained to appreciate the bio-individuality of each person. That means that I work closely with my clients to identify the specific foods and nutrients that can best nourish and support their body at a given point in time.
I became interested in nutrition and natural medicine out of necessity when I suddenly developed a painful and debilitating condition that didn’t resolve with conventional medical approaches. I turned to diet, lifestyle, and alternative therapies to help my body heal. I got amazing results with nutritional interventions, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Now it’s my goal to empower others to improve their health naturally.
Food has always been important to me. I love cooking, I love eating, and I love feeling like I’m making good choices when it comes to what I’m putting in my body. And for most of my life, I took it for granted that I was more or less on the right track when it came to my health—until I was suddenly sidelined by a serious health crisis.
I was a few years out of college when one night, seemingly out of nowhere, I started experiencing severe pelvic pain that I later learned was most likely due to a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. Chronic pain, bloating, fatigue, frequent and painful urination, achy joints, and other unpleasant symptoms quickly became a part of my everyday life.
Interstitial cystitis occurs mostly in women, and it can feel like a urinary tract infection that never goes away. I went to my doctor hoping for answers, but I didn’t get much help. When antibiotics didn’t work and tests were inconclusive, I was offered antidepressants and sent home.
I knew antidepressants weren’t the fix I was looking for. I was dismayed, adrift, and in a lot of pain. On my worst days, I was virtually housebound with the incredibly painful urge to pee every 15 minutes. But I was also cynical, determined, and increasingly desperate for a solution. I decided to take matters into my own hands and started furiously researching.
Through my reading and research, I discovered functional medicine, an integrative, systems-based approach to healthcare that recognizes the biochemical individuality of each person and focuses on restoring the body’s innate capacity to heal. It’s a medical model that seeks to resolve underlying root causes rather than just treating symptoms.
Functional medicine offered me hope, and it introduced me to a whole network of people who were successfully managing and even reversing chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases. Most impressively, they were doing it primarily through diet and lifestyle.
I decided to apply what I was learning and almost immediately started to notice a difference. I couldn’t believe the results I got from changing my diet. Within a few months, my symptoms slowly dissipated and I found myself feeling better than I had even before I got sick. I realized that when it comes to health and healing, we often overlook the most basic tool available to us on a daily basis: food.
My experience left me questioning the conventional wisdom surrounding nutrition and healthcare, as well as the way our culture tends to frame both illness and health. I wanted to learn more, and I wanted to be able to educate people on how the food we eat can affect us in more profound ways than we’re taught to even consider.
With that goal in mind, I decided to transition from my background in art and design to a career in nutrition. I obtained my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association, and I continue to pursue further studies with leaders in the field of functional medicine, functional nutrition, and women's health.
My continuing education includes certification as a Restorative Wellness Practitioner, which allows me to help clients access cutting edge functional lab tests. I've completed a 9-month women's holistic health coaching apprenticeship, as well as the year-long functional nutrition curriculum with Andrea Nakayama of the Functional Nutrition Alliance (formerly Holistic Nutrition Lab). As a Certified Gluten Practitioner, I’ve also had additional training in working with clients with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Currently I’m working towards certification as a women's health coach and pursuing board certification in Holistic Nutrition.
These days, I’m thrilled to be able to use my experience and education to help women reclaim their health through nutrition counseling.