AT WARMUTH INSTITUTE OF DERMATOLOGY, THERE IS A STRONG BELIEF THAT TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR HEALTH REQUIRES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. That’s why the practice now offers nutrition services with the addition of Jillian Tanner, a registered dietitian, who is available for consultations. Now patients have the convenience of receiving nutritional counseling in the same office they’re already visiting for dermatological and cosmetic procedures.
Tanner says that the patients who are coming to Warmuth Institute are already invested in taking good care of their bodies—and maybe also losing weight—so it only made sense to extend those services even further with professional nutrition services.
“There’s no question the Warmuth Institute has a lot to offer,” says Tanner. “It’s so important to take good care of yourself and that means looking at the whole body. The skin is our largest organ and regular dermatologist appointments are vital. But nutrition has a big impact on health, too. Now patients who might need a little bit of extra guidance can come in for nutrition support.”
What that means may differ dramatically from patient to patient, Tanner says. While some patients may only have a few questions and can get everything that they need out of a single visit, other patients might prefer to be seen on an ongoing basis. Tanner says the counseling is customized to everyone’s needs— and that includes the number of visits they might require.
“I think accountability is a really important factor for a lot of people and even if they feel like they know what they should be doing, they still appre- ciate checking back in for those ongoing visits,” Tanner says. “They might be more likely to stick to their healthy eating regimen if they know they’re checking in four to six weeks later for a follow-up visit.”
While Tanner might not see a patient every week, a big part of what she offers is “support,” so she does encourage them to call if questions arise or they are in need of some guidance.
“While I may not say you need to come back for four to six months to see me again, things happen, and questions come up,” she says. “I encourage patients to check in sooner if needed.”
In terms of who should see a dietitian, anyone could benefit from at least one visit according to Tanner.
“It doesn’t have to just be that you’re really struggling, or you want to lose weight—maybe you just have some questions or you’re looking for a way to drink more water throughout your day or make healthier choices when you eat out,” she says. “I think nutrition counseling is for everyone and everyone could benefit from meeting with a dietitian.”
Tanner—who admits she’s a big “foodie” herself—has lots of tried-and-true, practical advice that will help get patients on track, or keep them on track.
Although she is new to Warmuth, Tanner has been a practicing dietitian for the last four years and has worked with everyone from the patient who just has a few questions to the patient who is experiencing digestive trouble or even an eating disorder.
Personally, Tanner says she has seen the way that nutrition can have a huge impact on peoples’ lives—including her own. As many young girls do, in high school Tanner struggled with body image. But during this time she saw a dietitian and learned about healthy eating habits. It helped change her outlook on body image in a positive way. Those healthy changes also had an impact on her student-athlete career. She found that fueling her body the right way—with healthy foods—improved her performance. On top of those personal experiences, Tanner also had a family member who was going through dialysis and adhering to a strict diet. Seeing how nutrition affected this family member’s life was also impactful. All of these experiences inspired her to become a dietitian and help others make the right choices for their own health.
As a new team member at Warmuth Institute, Tanner is excited to already be working with a variety of patients who are looking to make the best possible choices for their own health. It also shows how invested the practice is in their patients’ overall health.
“I think it’s awesome that Dr. Warmuth would want to add nutrition services to what she’s already offering in her offices,” Tanner says. “It shows that she cares her patients are taking care of their whole selves.”
When not busy working with patients on nutrition services, Tanner can be found playing soccer, running or kayaking when the weather is warm. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her two dogs who she calls her “fur babies.” Tanner is also planning a wedding for the fall.
“I stay busy,” she says. “I love to stay active—but I love to eat, too! People often find it shocking that as a dietitian I love to try different restaurants and I joke that it’s part of my research. I am not one to believe you should deprive yourself. It’s all about making smart choices and doing things in moderation. There are easy ways to make changes toward better health.”
Warmuth Institute of Dermatology
Multiple locations in Elmer, Salem and Swedesboro
(856) 358-1500| WarmuthInstitute.com
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (July 2018).
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