I may be a dietitian and a personal trainer, but I am human too. I have gone through stages in my life where I felt “out of control” when it came to food. I was “being super good” during the week and giving myself a “get out of jail free” card on the weekends. I would cut specific food groups thinking that if I just ate less of something that it would solve all of my problems. It was not until I started looking at food as a fuel source and gave up dieting that my body was able to let go of extra weight, improve digestion, and live a happier life.
If you are struggling with the same frustrations, I encourage you to book a consultation with Sammy. In our practice, she has helped countless clients develop an understanding of “NSV’s”–non-scale victories: such as increased energy, better digestion, reduced cravings, less sugar spikes and crashes, feeling more comfortable if your own skin, feeling better nutrition and metabolism, why all foods can fit into a well-balanced diet. Sammy is currently accepting 3 more clients for our Dynamic Program that are serious about giving up dieting forever and finding peace with food and their health, so sign up today!
The Dynamic Program uses the DNA-based results from the Gx Slim Test to formulate specific macronutrient needs for YOU and only you! There is never a ‘perfect’ time to make a lifestyle change. The Dynamic Program provides accountability and support over the course of a year to ensure that you have a personal dietitian coaching you through the entire process including specific: restaurant guides, travel menu planning, alcohol/beverage makeovers, holiday eating guides, and much more.
Sammy joined forces with Mindy in May 2016 and together they founded: Dietitians of Palm Valley. Sammy graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Kinesiology (fitness studies). Sammy worked in the Sports Nutrition department at Penn State with all 31-varsity teams.
In addition to working in athletics, she served as a Retail Registered Dietitian for ShopRite Supermarkets in New Jersey. She specializes in individual nutritional coaching as well as grocery store tours, corporate wellness, and nutrition workshops. She is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and previously served on Penn State’s Strength and Fitness Advisory Board.
Sammy enjoys working with all different populations. Her favorite part about being a dietitian is helping others create peace with food. Many people believe that dietitians are the food police–this is simply untrue. Sammy believes that food was made to provide our bodies with nourishment and pleasure. Sammy treats each client with individualized care based on their specific needs.
- Registered Dietitian
- Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in Florida
- Certified Personal Trainer—National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Certificate in Training Supermarket Business and Industry Skills
- Certificate in Training in Adult Weight Management
- CPR/AED certified
Fun Facts about Sammy
- Sammy has completed four half marathons.
- Sammy has been skydiving in Cumberland, Maryland.
- Sammy is 50% Greek (maiden name: Pappas) and has been to Greece twice—her favorite islands are Crete & Santorini.
- Sammy danced for 46-hours straight in Penn State’s Dance Marathon, THON, to raise money to fight pediatric cancer (2013)!