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About Barbara

Barbara K. Bapst, MPH, RD, LDN, CLT, RYT-500Barbara Kocher Bapst, MPH, RD, LDN, CLT, RYT-500 established Carolina Nutrition & Wellness in May 2006.  She is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist with a diverse background in the field of nutrition.  Her background includes work with mothers and children in the public health setting; clinical work with hospital patients; and consulting work with kidney dialysis patients, outpatient wellness centers, and weight loss programs.  Barbara has, also, worked extensively with bariatric surgery patients.  A favorite work experiences was teaching community college classes.  


Barbara enjoys meeting individually with clients and helping them develop new, healthy habits for life.  Her clients describe her as:  patient, knowledgeable, and a good listener.  Her advanced training in Intuitive Eating has given her the tools to show her clients what is underneath some of their less healthy behaviors, thus provide a stepping stone for change.  Barbara's certification as a Yoga Teacher allows her to share mindfulness, meditation, and breathing techniques with her clients.


Barbara's training in functional (integrative) nutrition brings an understanding of the importance of viewing the body as a whole - all parts affecting one another.  When working with clients, she obtains a detailed history - including review of meds and supplements, labwork, weight history, and current eating & exercise patterns.  Barbara's Certification as a LEAP Therapist (CLT) allows her to offer food sensitivity testing to her clients, which can be especially helpful for those who suffer from:  migraines, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.


Barbara, also, enjoys using her skills in the corporate and community settings.  She has done on-site health coaching and nutrition counseling.  She has, also, provided engaging presentations. 


Barbara has lived in the Charlotte area for over 20 years.  She resides in the Mountain Island area with her husband, Rob, and a family of felines.  Her hobbies include:  gardening, yoga, cycling, and reading. 


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