Mary Virginia Coffman

Functional Clinical Nutritionist

I earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health (MSNIH) at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), a regionally accredited university in Laurel, Maryland. There, I studied the complex nature of biochemical and physiological interactions between the human body, nutrients, and the natural world. What we eat and the therapeutic use of nutrients can balance our nervous systems, hormones, and immune response. These can even influence the expression of our genes to lower the risk of disease. My studies also provided me with a rich understanding of lifestyle factors in our physical wellbeing and resilience, such as stress, sleep, social interaction, exposure to the natural world, and movement. Beyond food and nutrition, I train my clients to transform their health using mindfulness, heart centered meditation, sleep strategies, time in nature, and joyful movement. The foundational principles of mindful awareness and nutrition allow individuals to build self-efficacy and shape their own unique path toward holistic wellness. My practice is a weight neutral practice. Research on weight loss diets richly describes that weight does not correspond to health. Diet culture leads to self-distrust, weight increases, and a disconnect from one’s own body. My work focuses on building trust via awareness and intuition, the wisdom of the body, and cultivating the space between trigger and response. In that space we may make choices that bring us peace and satisfaction. True health promoting behaviors will lead us into feeling whole and well. I have been personally inspired by the best of my professors, and by the works of William J. Walsh, PhD, James Greenblatt, MD, Trudy Scott, CN, Julia Ross, MA, Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, CHN, Peter Bongiorno, ND, Mahan and Raymond (Krause and the Nutrition Care Process), Dr. Stephen Porges, Stanley Rosenberg, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Figedp, FADA, FAND and others.