170 Changebridge Road, C-3
Montville, NJ 07045
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition: Concentration in Dietetics, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Registered Dietitian, certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Dietitian Helps Patients Eat Right for Better Health
“Good nutrition plays a role in controlling disease, and can help reduce or eliminate medication.”
Lindsay Schumacher credits good nutrition as her saving grace in high school. “Like so many others, I was struggling with body image,” she said, “and coping unsuccessfully using unhealthy eating patterns. When I finally learned the value of good nutrition, I was able to come out of that phase healthier and happier.”
Motivated to help others in the same way, Lindsay pursued a Bachelor of Science in nutrition, followed by a 10-month internship at the university that took her through inpatient and outpatient settings. She gained clinical dietetic experience in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community programs. “It was a deeper foundation than the traditional bachelor’s, and provided more of a clinical background, which is why I thought it important,” she said.
Today, she provides nutritional counseling for VMG patients. Physicians will refer patients to Lindsay, or patients may make appointments on their own. Lindsay finds that good nutrition not only helps people lose weight and feel better, but it also can help patients reduce their medications. “Nutrition plays a part in controlling disease, from diabetes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol to Crohn’s or colitis,” she said. “When you’re eating better, you allow your body to naturally address some of these issues.”
To be most effective in helping her patients make important dietary changes, Lindsay gets to know them. “People find me easy to talk to, down to earth, and compassionate,” she said. “I’ll email my patients links to recipes, and I work to understand their goals in the context of their busy lifestyles. I know that a nutritious diet is not easy, especially in our country.”
When she’s not working, Lindsay enjoys being outside in nice weather, exercising, gardening, and cooking. She has a rescue cat named Rosie.