"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -- Aristotle Onassi
Vicki Kobliner | MS, RDN
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN is passionate about helping her clients return to wellness using every avenue possible. and believes that a comprehensive mental health strategy can never be complete without incorporating nutritional psychiatry. At the most elemental level our bodies and brains use nutrients to fuel every single thing we do and feel. Vitamins and minerals are required to create the very neurotransmitters that control mood. Studies show that imbalances in the good bacteria in our gut are linked to depression and anxiety. Intolerance to certain food compounds correlate with schizophrenia in some individuals. Teens and adults with poor quality diets are more likely to suffer from mood disorders, and aggression can be reduced with mineral support. Genetic alterations in DNA which regulate brain function can be modulated with vitamins and minerals as well. How can a medication such as an SSRI improve serotonin levels if we don’t have the nutritional building blocks to create serotonin in the first place? A large and continually expanding body of research underscores exactly how essential good nutrition is for mood and mental health. The most finely serviced car will still not run without gas in the tank, just as medication and counseling require a foundation of therapeutic nutrition to have their optimal effect.
Nutrition therapy at Riverwalk is specifically targeted towards supporting body and brain health using evidence based interventions and expert knowledge of our brain’s biochemistry.
Vicki is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with years of expertise in applying a functional approach to nutrition. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, earned her Masters degree in Food and Nutrition from Oregon State University and completed a dietetic internship at Oregon Health Sciences University/Portland VAMC. She has contributed her expertise to gfcfdiet.com and worked with schools to develop a whole foods approach to student meal planning. She lectures frequently, both locally and nationally, on topics such as autism, mental health, food allergies and intolerances, chronic disease, healthy pregnancy planning and choosing appropriate nutritional supplementation. She has appeared on television and video. Vicki is a contributing author to the books A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children, and Essential Remedies for Women.