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Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

Headshot of LEIGH P. VAN DUSEN, MS, LDN

Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and the owner of Van Dusen Nutrition®. She has been a practicing clinician for nearly 20 years and specializes in the areas of eating disorders, disordered eating, weight and body concerns and sports nutrition.

Leigh received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. Following, Leigh earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry from the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA. Leigh worked at Deaconess Waltham Hospital’s inpatient eating disorder unit in Waltham, MA, Laurel Hill Inn’s residential eating disorder program in Medford, MA, and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neuroendocrine Unit in Boston, MA.

Leigh then relocated to New York City and worked as a Nutrition Therapist at the Renfrew Center of New York and The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Livingston, NJ. In 2002, Leigh opened a private practice in New York City and in 2008, she moved back to Massachusetts where she opened a private practice in Cambridge, MA and became the consulting nutritionist for the Middlesex School in Concord, MA. In 2015, Leigh added a second private practice office location in Needham, MA and in 2017, expanded her practice to include additional Registered Dietitians.

Leigh and her team have created and trademarked three programs currently offered within the practice, STEP®, Therapeutic Meal Support®, andTherapeutic Movement Support™. She has also developed and implemented nutrition therapy support groups, presented at national and local conferences and supervised other practicing nutritionists. Additionally, she has served as an Advisory Board Member and Lecturer for the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) in New York, NY and been a member of the Board of Directors for the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA).

Leigh is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. Leigh is also an affiliate provider for Hynes Recovery Services and the named sports nutritionist for the organization’s Eating Disorder Intervention Team for Collegiate Athletes.

Specialties

Eating DisordersDisordered EatingWeight and Body ConcernsSports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)