Hi! great to see you here. My name is Kavitha F. Johnson. I am a Registered Dietitian and Board-Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with over 20 years of experience in clinical and community health settings, of which I have worked for 18+ years in Diabetes Care and Education. Even though I specialize in diabetes, I also manage and treat other health issues such as hypertension and cholesterol, women’s health issues such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and diabetes during pregnancy otherwise known as Gestational Diabetes. I also work with people trying to lose weight by teaching them to make lifestyle changes which will help them reach their weight goals instead of using short term fixes such as the latest fad diets.
My philosophy is that food is meant to feed, nourish and heal your body as well as to be enjoyed. DIETS DON'T WORK for the long term, that is. Trying diet after diet and depriving yourself of foods you enjoy, is no way to live. I believe that all foods can fit (unless you have certain food sensitivites) and moderation is key in improving and maintaining good health. Eating the right foods can help to heal and reverse disease and the wrong foods can create or worsen disease. Hippocrates’ quote “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” is so true. Health is a lifestyle and habits are hard to break but it can be done, one baby step at a time. My role is to facilitate that transition from poor or suboptimal health to optimal health and well-being. My passion includes preventive health because I am a firm believer of the saying “prevention is better than cure”. I understand the anxiety one might feel from being diagnosed with diabetes or other health issues and knowing how to take care of it, puts you in the driver's seat.
I am accepting new clients, self or physician referred. I work as part of the client’s health care team that includes local physicians including Endocrinologists, OB-GYN, Primary Care, Internal Medicine etc. I am an in-network provider with Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, CareFirst BCBS and Medicare. I am available via Telehealth due to the current COVID situation as well as in-office for those that prefer to be seen in person, by observing CDC and government guidelines ofcourse.
I help my client by creating a plan based on individual needs, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic influences, likes and dislikes, etc., in the healing and treatment process of each health condition. It is never a one size fits all. Each client receives a personalized plan that includes a meal plan as well as strategies to achieve the health goals he/she wishes to set for oneself, such as getting their cholesterol, blood sugars, blood pressure etc., in control and possibly be able to come off certain medications, lose weight, etc. I also work with intensive insulin management for those on Insulin, self-administered or on Insulin Pumps as well as Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems.
On a personal note… I was born and raised in Chennai, India but the US is my home, for the past 27 years. I speak English and Tamil. On my days off, I love spending time with my family, participating in church activities, catching a good documentary on Netflix or Prime or just chilling at home with family and friends.