Hi there! I am Jenniffer, dietitian-nutritionist, owner and founder of Jenesis Nutrition and Holistic Health, LLC.
I was born in Colombia, South America, hence the two “f’s” in my name (typo on my birth certificate is my best guess) and speak English and Spanish fluently. When I was five I moved to the United States for the first time, and through my father’s work, I also had the opportunity to live in Ecuador, South America and Canada.
Twenty-two years ago, I met my wonderful and supportive husband, Daniel Hubbard. We have been happily married for almost 21 years. Together, we share our lives with a sweet bull terrier that we rescued named Lily, and previously with Sam, a jack russell, and Jake, a jack russell rat terrier, who spent 20 of their wonderful doggy years with us. We love animals, the outdoors, nature, life, food, and learning every day from people and things that inspire us to live a more purpose-driven, compassionate and peaceful lives.
What led me to become a dietitian
Growing up I suffered from migraines, the kind that completely disabled me at times requiring me to miss a lot of school and having to be in a room with complete darkness and silence. I saw every specialist, underwent every scan, tried countless types of medications and therapies (including Chinese, acupuncture and chiropractic), none of which seemed to prevent or relieve my migraines. It wasn’t until my 20’s that I started noticing that certain conditions, both lifestyle and nutrition, triggered those migraines. Discovering that I could control most triggers was empowering and helped turn my life around. Not only are migraines rare in my life anymore, I have also been able to relieve a number of other ailments that I suffered from for most of my life. It was a clue into the amazing power of personal lifestyle choices and nutrition.
Fast forward to 2008, the year that my family’s life was turned upside down. For several years my mother had been experiencing certain discomforts, which she brought to her doctor’s attention several times but with no resolution. My husband and I were living in Illinois, running a successful business when the call came in. My mother had undergone a procedure where they discovered that she had cancer, it was at the most advanced stage. By the end of 2008 my husband and I sold our home, turned over our share of our business to our business partners, and moved back to Florida. My beautiful mother bravely and with the grace of a saint underwent chemotherapy for 5 years, but ultimately the advanced stage of her disease took her from us in 2013.
It was during those 5 years, from the day that I learned about her diagnosis, that I became passionate (maybe obsessed) about learning everything that I could about the connection between disease, lifestyle and nutrition. It was during those years that my frustration grew as I noticed that no one on her healthcare team, or in healthcare alone, seemed to be aware of these connections. I didn’t know about dietitians or their role in healthcare, I didn’t have the knowledge or authority to help my mother to the degree that she needed, I felt helpless and powerless. I imagine that some of you reading this may be able to relate.
When I learned about the role of dietitians, I vowed to become one in order to be able to become an expert in nutrition in order to be able to help others and turn my feelings of helplessness into something positive to honor my mother. I turned my pain and loss into purpose and went back to school. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Keiser University, completed a 1,300-hour internship, passed the national board examination and got to work. Through working in different healthcare settings, (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, long-term care, community) since I first started working in healthcare in 1998, I discovered that I did not feel like I could make the difference that I wanted to make in the lives of my patients and clients. Again, I turned my frustration and pain into purpose and created Jenesis Nutrition and Holistic Health.
Working as a private practice dietitian allows me the time to get to know my clients, to really listen to them, to hear their concerns and challenges, and to focus on and customize each session to their personal needs and goals. This is what I would have wanted for my mother, this is what I believe each person deserves, to be heard, to be helped and guided from where they are in their health journey.
Wherever you are in your journey, I am grateful that you are here! I look forward to the privilege and honor of working with, getting to know and learning how I may be of service to you!
Jenniffer Hubbard, RD, LD/N
- Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, State of Florida
- Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group member
- Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine member
- Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, Keiser University
Additional Credentialing in Progress
Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner board certification through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)