Tricia McCoy is a Registered dietician (RD) and a certified dietician nutritionist (CDN) with fifteen years’ experience innovating programs, providing treatment and supporting patients through every stage of the Bariatric process. Tricia was not always a nutritionist. Tricia started her career in finance and marketing. It was when she engaged in some research and analysis of health and wellness while training to become a spin instructor that she learned of her new passion of nutrition. Once completing her masters in nutrition and becoming an RD, Tricia worked in several hospital based Bariatric programs. Within her role, Tricia always went that extra mile to create innovative add on programs that inevitably bettered patients’ outcomes. Tricia has never been a traditional nutritionist. She often steers away from telling patients what to eat and tends to focus on the behaviors that align with healthy decision making. Tricia has always paid attention to details that at times can get missed. She has a deep understanding of the balance that goes into good health including taking vitamins, eating for satiety and enjoyment and for not setting your mind up with unrealistic expectations.
Tricia is well liked by her patients as she brings a fresh perspective using intuitive eating and mindfulness practices. She is not a supporter of traditional diets and she believes that diets are the underlying cause at times for people becoming overweight. It is always about balance, starting with small steps and building skills that help patients grow into a healthy lifestyle. Patients are always amazed at her level of insight and empathy about the challenge’s patients face as they go through their journey with her. Maybe it is because she takes a deep dive look at everything she does both personally and professionally. Tricia would never expect you to do something that she would not be willing to do herself. It is that approach as well as her innate creativity that has helped create and deliver Bariatric Bridges amongst other previous programs.
Tricia currently works in a MBSAQIP accredited Bariatric Program in Boston, Ma. as an RD treating patients going through various Bariatric proceedures which keeps her on the front line of the latest protocols. Tricia always talks about the need for more support of her patients. Her patients love her because of her non-judgmental approach, her realistic feedback and her extensive knowledge. Tricia feels limited at times because while she is very thorough with the guidelines and preparation, centers are not typically able to provide the supportive services that make this all stick. Patients often seek it out on their own in addition to their treatment but finding specialists that get it is often a challenge. After years of seeing this, Tricia joined forces with Rachel Joffe to create a program to fill that need and support the many programs that also fall prey to this unfortunate truth.
On a personal note Tricia practices what she preaches. Tricia is a certified spin instructor; a certified yoga teacher and she eats all foods in her diet. She is a foodie and would never suggest that you don’t enjoy eating what you love. She has three kids and lives a busy but balanced lifestyle. She is quick witted and realistic and she is a great listener. Tricia practices mindfulness and is looking forward to sharing those techniques in the Bariatric Bridges classes. Tricia designed Bariatric Bridges to help heal you from your history of traditional diets and put you on a path towards a realistic and healthy lifestyle.