Donna Gallagher, MS, RD is co-founder of the BeginWithin Center for Nutritional and Psychological Wellness. She is a Masters level registered dietitian. She has been in private practice in New Jersey treating individuals with eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as athletes and individuals with learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders) and other various nutritional concerns for the past twenty five years.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition from Rutgers University and her Master’s Degree in nutrition and physical fitness from New York University. She designed and performed research on bulimia at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Women’s Hospital in New York. She received much of her early training in three of the hospitals in Monmouth County and has worked as a registered dietitian on the eating disorders unit at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Somerville, NJ.
In addition to her private practice, Donna lectures at health workshops, in schools, colleges and other various groups and organizations on the topic of nutrition, body image, healthy eating at college, and eating disorders. She has authored numerous articles in professional journals, local newspapers, and magazines, and has written her first book titled “Behind the Mask: Our Secret Battle.”
Donna has personally recovered from her battle with anorexia and bulimia. She uses the insight she developed through her recovery, in combination with nutrition knowledge and genuine deep understanding for those suffering with these illnesses, to provide individuals with a safe supportive environment to work on their recovery goals. She helps her clients carefully challenge their negative beliefs in themselves and make improvements in their relationship with food, their self image and body image. She helps them develop insights relating to the connectedness between their feelings and their eating/exercise behaviors and helps them take gradual steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
When she’s not working, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves going to the beach, hiking, traveling and just relaxing at home.