Dr. Cherpak-Castagna has an extensive science and research background and teaching experience on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, she has a private practice and is a professional collaborator and subject matter expert in gastrointestinal and immune health, prenatal/postpartum nutrition, and nutritional biochemistry.
Dr. Christine Cherpak-Castagna is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, Board Certified Functional Wellness Practitioner, Cell Blueprint Pro Practitioner, 3X4 Genetics Practitioner, and Certified International Health Coach. She also serves as a State Board Member for the New York State Board for Dietetics and Nutrition.
As a practicing Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Cherpak-Castagna has a strong background in integrative clinical nutrition and a passion for educating individuals on healthful living through nutrition. Dr. Cherpak-Castagna was educated from an integrative and functional framework, allowing her to provide whole-person, relationship-centered healthcare. The foundational principles of interconnections, holism, transformation, diversity, and resilience underscore her commitment to facilitating optimal nutrition and health—attending to one's whole body, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, as opposed to a body composed of parts in need of "fixing." Leveraging the science of functional nutrition, mindset techniques, and lifestyle upgrades, Dr. Cherpak-Castagna empowers clients to resolve their health issues.
As an Adjunct Faculty and course developer, she is recognized for effectively communicating complex course materials, embodying a strong healing presence and deep capacity for listening, and mitigating retention issues.
Dr. Cherpak-Castagna's areas of interest encompass women's health, gene-diet nutrient interactions, dysautonomia and stress resilience, and digestive, metabolic, and immune health.
Nault D, Missenda M, Abatemarco A, Cherpak-Castagna C, Moonaz S. Study design to validate an evidence-based medicine skills assessment for integrative health. Poster presented at: Maryland University of Integrative Health Research Symposium 2021; April 9-16, 2021; Laurel, MD.
Cherpak-Castagna CE, Gafton EN, Nault D, Van Lare SJ, Freeman KC. Cross-sectional survey of graduate clinical nutrition students describing dietary choices and recommendations. J Am Nutr Assoc. 2021;41(2):166-177. doi:10.1080/07315724.2020.1863282
Cherpak-Castagna CE, Van Lare S. Parkinson’s disease: possible mechanisms for nutritional approaches. J Restor Med. 2020;10(1). doi:10.14200/jrm.2020.0104
Filatova D, Cherpak C. Mechanisms of nickel-induced cell damage in allergic contact dermatitis and nutritional intervention strategies. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2020;20(7):1010-1014. doi:10.2174/1871530320666200122155804
Cherpak CE., Van Lare S. Menstrual cycle fluctuations of progesterone and the effect on sleep regulation. J Restor Med. 2019;9(1). doi:10.14200/jrm.2019.0119
Dr. Cherpak-Castagna lives in Long Island, New York. She embraces watching the sunrise or sunset throughout the four seasons. Some of her favorite moments are spent walking on the beach with her husband and daughter—the loves of her life, doing yoga, laughing with family and friends, visiting art museums, and viewing a rehearsal ballet at The Juilliard School. Passionate about giving back to her community and helping others, Dr. Cherpak-Castagna founded a 501(c)3 non-profit, cooks and donates meals for the homeless through the Family Service League, and serves on various ministries at her church.
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