We could not be more thrilled to welcome our newest team member, Monika Jacobson, to The Prevention Center and Bale Doneen family! Monika, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by training, joined our team in November and will serve as our Director of Lifestyle Health. She comes to us with a wealth of experience working with individuals to optimize health based on genetics and other individualized factors. Monika is here to work alongside YOU to transform our personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations into tangible and sustainable strategies that fit into your busy life. You have been asking for this support, and we have listened!

As the Director of Lifestyle Health, Monika is excited to meet you and hear your stories, your struggles and your goals — and to help you approach lifestyle change in a way that feels practical and realistic. We have plans to start implementing one-on-one consultations, group classes, cooking classes and more, but please reach out if you have ideas for other ways we can support you and your goals! Monika is busy designing the first of these programs, which will begin to roll out in January.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Monika to ask a few questions and to discuss her excitement in joining our team! When asked what drew her to the Prevention Center, Monika shared that she was inspired after reading Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain and felt a draw to help translate the robust science into tangible practice for our patients. She has always been passionate about prevention, and having the opportunity to build out programs to support both new and existing patients achieve their long- and short-term health goals feels like a perfect fit for her skills and passion. 

When asked what excites her most about the upcoming year, Monika shared that she is looking forward to the opportunity to build something new in our “small but mighty” clinic. She is excited to use her creativity, experience and skills to build programs that will take our prevention practice to the next level. Though Monika is a skilled and experienced Registered Dietitian, she wants our patients to know that her focus is on the whole person, not just food and nutrition. She will be available to help you in all facets of lifestyle and wellness and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our amazing team!