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Who is the Nutritional Genomics Institute?

Christy and Jessica both graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport's functional nutrition master's program. After forming a strong personal and professional relationship, they both continued to Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where they graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition. During these years in academia, they founded Zebra Diagnostics, a research diagnostics company designed to study the frequency of rare diseases. The mantra for rare disease sufferers around the world is "When you hear hoof beats, think zebra's, not horses". Due to this, they have been nicknamed "Zebra Hunters".   They also formed SNPed, a webinar based series to educate practitioners in nutritional genomics and systems medicine. Lastly, they have developed course work at the master's level at MUIH in nutritional genomic counseling, have published a series of peer-reviewed journal articles on the microbiome and contributed to chapters on nutritional genomics in a graduate level nutrition textbook. Christy and Jessica are great friends and enjoy their time and work together which led them to merge their individual practices, Nutrigenomic Health Consulting and Fit to You into the Nutritional Genomics Institute to house all of their projects and endeavors.  

Dr. Christy B. Williamson MS, CNS, DCN

Christy Williamson graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s functional nutrition master’s program, is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and is a candidate for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Christy has a bachelor of science in Biology with concentrations in both chemistry and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Christy is the co-owner of the Nutritional Genomics Institute and Zebra Diagnostics. Her companies focus on functional nutrition as it relates to biochemical nuances within the genome, metabolome and microbiome. Zebra Diagnostics is designed for state of the art research in genomics and houses SNPed, a webinar based educational series in nutritional genomics for nutrition and medical professionals. Christy is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomic Counseling. 


Dr. Jessica M. Pizano 

MS, CNS, DCN

Jessica Pizano graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s functional nutrition master’s program, is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and is a candidate for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Jessica is the co-owner of the Nutritional Genomics Institute and Zebra Diagnostics. Her specialization with in the Nutritional Genomics Institute is mast cell activation disorders.  Zebra Diagnostics is designed for state of the art research in genomics and houses SNPed, a webinar based educational series in nutritional genomics for nutrition and medical professionals. Jessica is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomic Counseling. 


Nutritionist: 

Sherryl Van Lare 

MS, CNS, LDN

Jessica Pizano graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s functional nutrition master’s program, is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and is a candidate for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Jessica is the co-owner of the Nutritional Genomics Institute and Zebra Diagnostics. Her specialization with in the Nutritional Genomics Institute is mast cell activation disorders.  Zebra Diagnostics is designed for state of the art research in genomics and houses SNPed, a webinar based educational series in nutritional genomics for nutrition and medical professionals. Jessica is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomic Counseling. 


Health Coach: 

Gabbrielle Andersen

Jessica Pizano graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s functional nutrition master’s program, is a Certified Nutritional Specialist and is a candidate for the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Jessica is the co-owner of the Nutritional Genomics Institute and Zebra Diagnostics. Her specialization with in the Nutritional Genomics Institute is mast cell activation disorders.  Zebra Diagnostics is designed for state of the art research in genomics and houses SNPed, a webinar based educational series in nutritional genomics for nutrition and medical professionals. Jessica is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomic Counseling. 


Christy's Specialties

In addition to NGI's specialty areas, Christy was active in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly in the passage of legislation which established a statutory definition of nutritional genomics. Christy enjoys legislative process, advocacy and finding creative solutions to complicated problems. She also likes finding the needle in the haystack. On weekends, Christy can be found hiking or kayaking with her two daughters, two dogs and husband or catching up on the latest nutritional genomics research. 

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Jessica's Specialties

Jessica is the leading nutrition specialist for mast cell activation disorders in the country. As a certified corrective and clinical exercise specialist, Jessica also evaluates and creates plans to correct postural imbalances for connective tissue disease patients and other musculoskeletal disorders. 

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Sherryl's Specialties

With the previous experience of IT program management, Sherryl enjoys the synergy between identifying root causes, helping people utilize the power of nutrition with their body’s innate healing abilities, and creating tools for wellness success. In addition to seeing clients at NGI, Sherryl is a teaching assistant at the master’s degree level, studying for her doctoral degree in Clinical Nutrition, and is chair of the Maryland University of Integrative Health's student delegation. Sherryl enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dog Finn and reading through the latest nutrition research.

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Gabbi's Specialties 

With an educational background in nursing and psychology, Gabbi specializes in evaluating the environmental, emotional health, and lifestyle factors that contribute to overall health and disease. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in human nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. Gabbi is focused on educating and supporting individuals seeking improved health and wellness. While dealing with her own complicated chronic health conditions, Gabbi has become even more passionate about the environmental and psychological aspects of wellness while cultivating an incredible attention to detail. Gabbi enjoys reading, recipe testing, painting, and researching and exploring new avenues that promote optimal health.  

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