Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Safe & Included, LLC. Lisa provides food allergy counseling, education, and support to individuals, families, and caregivers. She also consults with school districts, camps, pediatricians and family physicians, hospitals, local businesses and non-profit agencies, and restaurants in order to keep food allergic individuals Safe AND Included in ALL aspects of life.
Food Allergy Counselor, Consultant, Educator, and Advocate
Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degrees and licenses in Education and Social Work. Lisa’s professional experience as a high school Biology teacher, camp director, School Social Worker/Child Study Team Member, and a Child and Family therapist, paired with her personal experience as a parent to two children with multiple food allergies AND an adult LIVING with food allergies, allow her to provide a unique and comprehensive perspective of food allergies.
As a clinician, Lisa provides services to clients with a wide variety of psychotherapeutic needs. However, her clinical focus is food allergy counseling. Lisa works with food-allergic individuals, as well as their families and caregivers, to help manage the psychosocial impact of living with food allergies including treating Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Lisa is also trained in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based modality of psychotherapy used to help people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences or traumatic events.
With Safe and Included, Lisa provides food allergy education and support to individuals, families and caregivers, school districts, camps, physicians, hospitals, community organizations, businesses, and restaurants across the country to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals living with food allergies in ALL aspects of life. Lisa has provided education and/or consultation services to school principals and administrators, students, Board of Education members, nurses, teachers, early childhood center providers, day camps, parents and caregivers, physicians, and restaurant staff throughout the country.
Lisa is also a provider listed on the Food Allergy Counselor Directory, has served as a national expert faculty member for the American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma, Allergy and Anaphylaxis (MHCCPAAA), and has been featured in various podcasts, newscasts, and magazine articles for her work with behavioral health and food allergies.
As a community leader, Lisa is an Allied Health Professional member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is also the leader for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) and FARE-recognized food allergy support group in Southern New Jersey (No Nuts Moms Group of South Jersey).