Suellen Pineda, RDN, CDN is a Honduran-born, bilingual Culinary Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Rochester, NY. She earned her Bachelors in Science degree in Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health from New York University (NYU) and completed a Dietetic Internship through Syracuse University.

Suellen has worked in various clinical settings including cardiac rehabilitation, weight management, counseling and most recently in Adult Day Senior Care. Additionally, her keen interest in writing and editing led to her work as Editorial Assistant for a local newspaper. The position gave her direct insight and valuable experience into the editorial world. In addition, Suellen has acted as Food and Nutrition contributor for written and online platforms including Guild Magazine, Taste of Home, Healthy Latin Eating and Hispanic Kitchen.

Suellen’s passion for the Latino and Hispanic food culture extends beyond writing. To enhance her culinary knowledge and skills, Suellen completed a Professional Cooking Certificate, allowing her to professionally present nutrition-related educational programs including cooking-demos and recipe development.

As a strong supporter of the power of food as medicine, Suellen believes the risks ofmany chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be dramatically reduced by consumption and appreciation of wholesome foods. She thinks basic competency in the kitchen, developing a healthy relationship with food through cooking, as well learning about basic sound nutrition information are essential components of attaining a health.

Her motto: “I appreciate real food and ingredients, especially those that reflect one’s culture.”