MS Registered Dietitian, Certified Yoga
Teacher and Spinning Instructor
Tricia McCoy, MS, RD, LDN is a registered and licensed dietitian based in Boston and New York City. She specializes in eating disorders/disordered eating, body image work for adults and adolescents, and chronic dieting recovery. She practices a non-diet approach and helps her clients heal their relationship with food and their bodies.
Tricia received her bachelors degree in economics from Trinity College and worked in the field of finance for a time. She went on to get her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University and has worked in several New York City and Boston hospital-based bariatric programs. She has extensive experience innovating programs, providing treatment, and supporting patients through every stage of the bariatric process. Read more
She often steers away from telling patients what to eat and tends to focus on behaviors that align with healthy decision-making. She understands the delicate balance that goes into good health, such as taking vitamins, eating for satiety and enjoyment, and not setting unrealistic expectations.
Tricia is well-liked by her patients as she brings a fresh perspective using intuitive eating and mindfulness. She is not a supporter of traditional diets, and she believes that diets are the underlying cause of some people becoming overweight. It is always about balance, starting with small steps and building skills that help patients grow into healthy lifestyles. Patients are always astounded by her level of understanding and empathy for the difficulties they face as they travel on their journey with her.
Tricia designed Bariatric Bridges to help heal clients from their history of traditional diets and put them on a path toward a realistic and healthy lifestyle.
On a personal note, Tricia practices what she preaches. Tricia is a certified spin instructor and a certified yoga teacher, and she eats all foods. She also holds her real estate license and insurance broker license in MA.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rachel Joffe is a LCSW with 30 years’ experience designing programs, treating patients and helping people to see that they are important and have the ability to be successful. She understands that it is never about the food. She understands that therapy is not needed for everyone so she designed a program to help everyone create the supporting fundamentals essential to creating the behavioral habits needed in Bariatric Surgery.
With a lifetime history of dieting and as a bariatric patient herself, Rachel has the ideal professional and personal insight to meet your needs. Rachel has been a behavioral therapist and innovator of large-scale programs geared towards helping people who struggle with overeating, being overweight, or who have had bariatric procedures. Read more
The program content is designed from a deep understanding of all the underlying factors that come along with being overweight; long-term use of diet programs; and an overall understanding of what it takes to create habits. Rachel created her professional foundation as an addiction specialist, working in hospitals and being trained to use techniques geared towards helping people move through change with compassion and understanding. Rachel has helped several thousand people find the changes they are seeking.
If you ask Rachel about why her patients have success, she will often say it’s because they learn that it’s never about the food. Rachel treats the person. When the person is treated, the role that food plays is reduced, and people claim their space in this world. She has so many stories about people who found their voice, realized their worth, challenged themselves, and, yes, lost weight. Rachel uses innovative techniques to help us see how much of the way we see things is just stored thoughts that we have deemed as our fate. Rachel has a way of honing in on a person’s strengths way before they know they have them, and before they know it, her patients become comfortable with changes they never believed were ever possible.
Rachel currently has a full-scale private practice in which she provides clinical treatment as stated above. Bariatric Bridges come in response to the amount of need that exists for bariatric patients to develop a strong foundation of tools to support them through this journey. Unfortunately, frequently, Rachel engages patients who are learning this in hindsight. Not every patient that seeks bariatric surgery will seek out a therapist. Maybe going to this program will allow you to see that therapy could help your process. This is not a motive to get people into therapy at all, but this is a middle ground program that will allow you to engage your mind in the process of your changes. Rachel dreamed up Bariatric Bridges to give some stability to the process that exists between the surgical clinics and the patient in his or her community.
On a personal note, Rachel understands first-hand what goes into this as she herself had gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Aside from maintaining a significant amount of weight loss off for 18 years on a perfectly imperfect journey, Rachel has utilized therapeutic support which has allowed her to like herself from the inside out. Her personal and professional experiences have been a perfect marriage that has allowed her to reach people in a way that is very different. She gets it and it is super relatable. She uses her knowledge and throws in her humor and genuine warmth, which allows people to get comfortable, which is necessary for this type of work to happen. Rachel is naturally creative and has personally designed six comprehensive weight loss programs. Rachel continually creates and runs support groups for a local hospital. Rachel has designed Bariatric Bridges to meet your fundamental behavioral health needs no matter where you are in your journey.