Robyn Nohling, FNP-BC, RD, RDN, MSN
Robyn's own health journey with disordered eating, amenorrhea and hypothyroidism has been the catalyst to her career focused on women's health and eating disorders. As both a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Registered Dietitian, Robyn specializes in helping women heal from hormone & reproductive health issues and recover from eating disorders and disordered eating.
In addition to working one on one with women, she also offers online courses and mentoring for aspiring and current health professionals who want to discover their own passions and find meaning and purpose in their work. Her career began with the mission of helping women heal physically while also healing their relationship with food, exercise, and their body. More recently, she has discovered her passion for teaching and mentoring other health professionals and students on how to effectively provide healthcare to women through a Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating lens. In 2017, she opened an online learning center to bridge these two passions of caring for women and teaching other professionals. Whether she's counseling, nursing, mentoring or teaching, Robyn cultivates an environment that is safe, nurturing, non-judgemental and full of compassion.
Robyn is a dietitian first and nurse practitioner second. After practicing for 2 years as a dietitian, her desire to help women beyond food led her to New York City to pursue a career in nursing. She attended Columbia University where she earned both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and later on her Masters of Science in Nursing. Her time at Columbia was challenging and enriching and equipped her with the knowledge, skills and tools to provide comprehensive healthcare to women of all life stages. She now combines her nutrition background with her nursing education to provide compassionate, empathetic and evidence based healthcare to women throughout all life stages.
Robyn's practice is rooted in a weight neutral, non diet approach where she helps women identify and tune out diet culture so they can instead turn into their body's inner wisdom and internal cues as a means to discover true health and healing. Her approach centers around changing behaviors instead of numbers and empowering women to care for their whole self. She firmly believes health goes far beyond your plate and exercise routine and that one's emotional and mental health greatly impacts one's physical health.
What Robyn enjoys most about her work is the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with clients and witness them make powerful changes in their lives. In addition to her work at Real Life Women's Health, Robyn also works as a nurse practitioner here in Boston at an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. While she has experienced complete soul transformation through her own health journey, she is continually learning more about herself through her incredible clients and patients.
She is a member of and involved in several women's health and eating disorder organizations including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH), and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD). She is currently pursuing her CEDRN and CEDRD certifications through IAEDP.
When she's not working with women or behind the screen, she enjoys exploring Boston with her husband, learning about and tasting wine, playing outside, a good hot yoga class, traveling despite her fear of flying, cooking new recipes, hosting others in her home and exploring the food scene wherever she might be.
Crystal Savoy, RD, RDN, MS
Crystal is a non-diet Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Before becoming a dietitian, she worked as a dietetic technician at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center and Boston Children’s Hospital where she was exposed to the complex, challenging and rewarding field of eating disorders and female health. She went on to earn her BS and MS in Nutrition from Simmons College. After completing her degree, the stars aligned perfectly and Crystal was accepted into the Simmons Dietetic Internship with a concentration in treating Eating Disorders. During her internship, she saw a wide variety of patients at the inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient level of care and was able to further develop her clinical nutrition and counseling skills. The internship firmly solidified her career path and she felt really lucky to work with such brave, amazing clients while learning from some of the most skill and knowledgable dietitians in the field.
Crystal’s interest in the Health At Every Size philosophy framework and the field disordered eating/eating disorders itself was sparked by both the FoodPsych podcast and the work of Marci Evans. The catalyst to beginning her own healing journey with diet culture and disordered eating was hearing the stories of other women struggling with their relationship to food and then finding help and healing through Intuitive Eating. From this point forward, there was no going back.
Crystal's goal is to help each of her clients embrace flexible eating so they can live their fullest life. She specializes in nutrition for disordered eating and eating disorders, chronic dieting, and digestive, mental, and women’s health. In her work, Crystal bridges both psychology and nutrition in her approach to counseling, which allows her to provide effective therapeutic treatment. Her care is tailored to each client's unique needs utilizing a weight inclusive and compassionate practice that empowers the individual by focusing on sustainable behaviors for a healthy mind, body, and soul.
In her free time, Crystal likes to read, go for walks, hang out in her backyard, come up with new recipes (or try to) and she has a slight obsession with podcasts. She lives north of Boston with her husband and three cats. Like Robyn, she also enjoys discovering and tasting new wines which was inspired by her honeymoon in Napa. Her newest hobby is growing her own garden and filling her house with plants.
Elizabeth Hooghkirk, LMFT, MA
Liz has a passion for supporting women in learning to trust themselves, their intuition, and the wisdom of their bodies in order to live a more expansive and joyful life in the present. Liz began her own healing journey with food and her body in a group of like-minded women who also wanted to become more mindful in their lives and begin eating in a way that honored and nourished their whole person. With gratitude for her own experience, Liz deeply values the power of connection, vulnerability, understanding, and having a tribe of supportive, strong women around in facilitating overall well-being and fulfillment.
Liz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in treating women struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders. Liz completed her Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego after which she fell in love with the city and the people she met there and decided to begin her career in the San Diego sunshine. Her experience includes individual, couple’s, family, and group therapy in large medical settings such as Kaiser Permanente, where she served as the Eating Disorder Specialist, and both residential and outpatient treatment centers, where she served as the Head of the Practicum Training Program as well as the Clinical Lead of the Chemical Dependency Department. Liz also serves as a contract therapist, creating and facilitating groups at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.
In 2016, Liz opened her private practice in San Diego with the mission to offer therapeutic services from a Health at Every Size framework, to educate other professionals on how to practice Health at Every Size, and to use her own voice and individual work with clients to fight fatphobia. In her work as both a therapist and coach, Liz places a large focus on developing the relationship with her client as she deeply believes healing and growth happen in relationships which are respectful, compassionate, vulnerable, and accepting of each individual as a whole person. Liz sees self-compassion, mindfulness, self-nurturing, connection, and living in alignment with our core values as the foundations for long lasting recovery and wellness. In her practice, Liz also offers a 10-week, Women’s Intuitive Eating Support Group, in which each session is dedicated to one of the principles of Intuitive Eating.
Although being a therapist and coach does not feel like work to Liz, she also enjoys being out of the therapy room and in nature. Liz grew up in a family of artists and has a life-long passion for dance and musical theater; she feels truly alive when performing and sees as much live dance and theater as possible! Zumba classes fill her weekly dance fix and she also enjoys hiking and yoga. She spends much of her free time with her loved ones including her wonderful fiancé, girlfriends, and family, whom she wished lived a bit closer! Many nights you can also find Liz at home in San Diego, CA snuggling on the couch, lighting a candle, and reading or journaling.