Dr. Pizano has worked in the nutrition field in both personal practice and academia. She specializes in using nutrition, nutritional genomics and metabolomics in the setting of rare diseases including mast cell disorders, connective tissue diseases such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, dysautonomias, autoimmune disease and immunodeficiency.

Professional Narrative

Dr. Jessica Pizano graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport's clinical nutrition master's program. Soon after she earned her certified nutrition specialist (CNS) credential and continued her education at Maryland University of Integrative Health where she graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition. The owner of Mast Cell Advanced Diagnostics and co-owner of Clinical Paradigms, Dr. Pizano uses nutrition, nutritional genomics, metabolomics and medical advocacy to help improve clinical outcome in those with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, mast cell activation disorders, dysautonomia, and other related conditions. Along with Sabrina Vaz, she has created The Zebra Method, a series of Pilates-based corrective exercise videos and other resources for patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She has developed course work at the master's, doctoral, and post-graduate level at MUIH in nutritional genomics, has published a series of peer-reviewed journal articles on the microbiome, contributed two chapters on nutritional genomics in a graduate level nutrition textbook, and contributed the first published nutritional guidelines for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in the book Transforming Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. In addition to her clinical practice and teaching, Dr. Pizano frequently participates in research to benefit patients with connective tissue disease and related conditions.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Daens Stéphane. Transforming Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. 2022. Contributed as an author Chapter 16. “Nutrition in EDs.”

Noland, D., Drisko, J.A., Wagner, L. Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy. Springer Nature Switzerland AG. 2020. Contributed as a co-author Chapter 17 “A Nutritional Genomics Approach to Epigenetic Influences on Chronic Disease.” and Chapter 18 “Nutritional Influences on Methylation.”

Aruoma, OI, Hausman-Cohen, S., Pizano, J., Schmidt, MA, Minich, DM, Joffe, Y, Brandhors, S., Evans, SJ, and Brady, DM. Personalized Nutrition: Translating the Science of NutriGenomics Into Practice: Proceedings From the 2018 American College of Nutrition Meeting. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 May-Jun;28(4):287-301.

Gossard, CM, Pizano, JM, Burns, CM, Williamson, CB, Dolan, KE, Finley, HJ, Gasta, MG, Parker, EC and Lipski, EA. Probiotics and Disease: A Comprehensive Summary-Part 9, Cancer. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2018 Apr;17(2):34-46.

Pizano, JM, Williamson, CB, Dolan, KE, Gossard, CM, Burns, CM, Gasta, MG, Finley, HJ, Parker, EC and Lipski, EA. Probiotics and Disease: A Comprehensive Summary-Part 7, Immune Disorders. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2017 Oct; 16(5):46-57.


NUTR 625 Introduction to Nutritional Genomics Counseling

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