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EDUCATION

  • New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, New York 2000-2003
    Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition
    Thesis: The effects of American food on the weight of international students who come to study in the U.S.
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 1998-2000
    Coursework in Biology, Chemistry and Nutrition
  • Georgetown University, School of Business, Washington D. C. 1994-1998
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    Concentration: Finance and International Business

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Keystone International Schools, Istanbul 2012
    Prepared the school menu composed of all organic and natural products. In each meal children are able to choose from a variety of healthy nutritious foods that will allow them to grow up and not face obesity problems www.keystoneschools.com.tr

  • Yeditepe University, Istanbul 2011 - Present                                             
    Teaches a course called ‘Counseling Applications’ to junior year students

  • NTV, Istanbul 2009
    Hosted a live TV show called "5 Kere 5" (5 times 5) for 6 months and talked about different aspects of healthy eating
     
  • Vivitro in affiliation with Çapa Hospital, Istanbul 2007
    Took a part in a clinical study about the relation of migraine and food intolerance

  • Vivitro (Dr. Serdar Eren Health Center), Istanbul 2005 - 2007
    Interpreted clients’ Imu Pro 300 Food Intolerance Test results and counseled them how to follow a proper diet according to the test results

  • SAYASA - The Art of Healthy Living Center, Istanbul 2005
    Founder and manager, counseling clients in nutrition

  • St. Vincent’s Hospital in affiliation with NYU, New York 2002-2003
    Applied different diet plans for patients with various health problems

  • Van Itallie Center for Nutrition and Weight Management, St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, New York 2001
    Attended nutrition counseling sessions
    Researched various factors related to obesity

  • Bariatric Surgery Department, St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, New York  2001
    Counseled patients after the surgery and followed-up with their nutrition status 

  • Virgina Department of Health, Virginia 1999
    Performed nutritional assessments of pregnant/breastfeeding women, infants, and children for WIC Program (Women, Infants, Children)

SPEECHES AND TALKS

  • Ustay Construction, Istanbul 2017
    Talked about the truth behind the media and the environmental effect of the food we consume with Pinar Dogan. 

  • Rotary Club, Istanbul 2017
    Talked about food perception management by giving various detailed examples with Pinar Dogan

  • Bosphorus University, Istanbul 2017
    Gave a presentation to the Professors of the Bosphorus University and the teachers of the kindergarten at the university. Talked about infant-child nutrition.

  • SAYASA, Istanbul 2017
    Performed a special presentation to 30 mothers who have babies aged between 4 and 12 months about transition to solid foods with Pinar Dogan

  • United Nations, Istanbul 2017
    Talked about nutrition and its effect on the environment. Prepared the presentation with Pinar Dogan who is a dietitian as well

  • TEDx IKU, Istanbul 2017
    Participated as a speaker which Istanbul Kultur University organized. The subject was “Obese Media” The video is on youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxbU09ZKJu8 

  • CNNTurk, Special Agenda , Istanbul 2017
    Attended a programme with Prof.Dr. Mehmet Ali Yerdel, Dr. Aydin Ugur, Dr. Aysegul Coruhlu, Psychologist Serap Duygulu that Deniz Bayramoglu presented. Discussed  new trends in healthy eating habits and the importance of colon as the second brain. Also mentioned the importance of psychology in before going on a diet and going through the bariatric surgery.  

  • ZUBİZU Kids Bazaar, Istanbul 2017
    Talked about the importance of childhood nutrition. Mentioned the mistakes that most parents make when feeding their kids. Warned the parents about the mistakes of the  mom bloggers and children's cookbook writers and that they shouldn't take their advise. Highly emphasized the importance of our cultural cuisine. 

  • Suadiye Haci Mustafa Tarman Anatolia High School, Istanbul 2017
    Talked with Pinar Dogan about how media and social media affect teenagers’ nutritional habits and change their perception of food.

  • TVNET,  Health Report, Istanbul 2017
    Answered the presenter Aysenur Asuman Ugur's questions about how cartoons affect the way kids eat and the unhealthy subliminal messages they give. Also talked about the importance of parents as role models. 

  • Atakoy Ataturk Middle School, Istanbul 2017
    Presented with Pinar Dogan to middle school parents. Talked about the basic principles of healthy nutrition habits. Talked about the negative effects of media and social media by using visuals such as videos, photos.

  • Atakoy 60.Yil Middle School, Istanbul 2017
    Presented to middle school children with Pinar Dogan the negative effects of media on healthy nutrition habits. Also emphasized that there shouldn't be any advertisements of any kinds of food since. Its not ethical.

  • Sehit Muhir Alkan Science High School, Istanbul 2017
    Talked with Pinar Dogan about how media and social media affect teenagers’ nutritional habits and change their perception of food.

  • Gurpinar Azime Yilmaz Elementary School, Istanbul 2017
    Talked with Pinar Dogan about the basic principles of nutrition to primary school students and their parents. The negative effects of media and social media are discussed by using visuals such as videos and some photographs. 

  • Kastamonu University, Kastamonu 2017
    In the “Dietitians do not only help you lose weight” presentation, the roles of the dietitians from a different perspective were discussed.

  • FMV Isık High School, Istanbul 2017
    In the “Should we eat or not to have a six-pack and a zero-fat body?” presentation with Pinar Dogan, the negative effects  of media and social media in teenagers’ nutrition habits and physical appearance were discussed.

  • Maltepe Hasan Sadoglu Middle School, Istanbul 2017
    Talked with Pinar Dogan about the effects of social media in child nutrition and food advertisements by using examples

  • Pinar Karsiyaka Basketball School, Istanbul 2017 
    Talked with Pinar Dogan about the basic principles of sports nutrition in teenagers; especially, the side effects of synthetic protein supplements.

  • CNNTurk, Istanbul 2017
    Discussed about various reasons of obesity and alternative solutions with Faculty of Medicine Assistant Professor Oytun Erbas, General Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Ahmet Turkcapar, Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Yavuz Yorukoglu, Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Gurkan Kubilay, Heart and Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Murat Kinikoglu and Dr. Fevzi Ozgonul in a live TV programme hosted by Deniz Bayramoglu.
    http://www.cnnturk.com/video/tv-cnn-turk/programlar/gundem-ozel/didem-kanca-ustaydan-annelere-dikkat-ceken-uyari?utm_content=buffer5ae64&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRqnNx9Ys_w

  • PUMA, Istanbul 2016
    Presented a talk with Pinar Dogan about the basics of sports nutrition and nutrition in general.

  • Bosphorus University, Istanbul 2016
    Gave a presentation to the Professors of the Bosphorus University and the teachers of the kindergarten at the university. Talked about infant-child nutrition.

  • Gumushane University, Gumushane 2016
    Talked about the basic principles of nutrition.  Also mentioned how the media affect the way people eat and why they should not believe everything the media say with examples from real life.

  • Beykent TV, Interview with Isilay Gedik, Istanbul 2016 
    Talked about what to watch out for after a month-long fasting during Ramadan and afterwards during the Eid. Also highlighted the importance of danger of open-buffet during the holidays
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FEtz3_nMCY

  • Beykent TV, Interview with Isilay Gedik, Istanbul 2016 
    Main points to watch out for when fasting during Ramadan. The importance of how to introduce solid foods to the babies when they are ready and the major mistakes mothers make. 
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FwWAKpLBTzQ

  • Fox TV, Morning news with , Ismail Kucukkaya, Istanbul 2016
    Presentation of the book called "I Will Start My Diet Tomorrow'

  • TV5, Interview with Ishak Beyazay on TV, "Reflection from the screen", Istanbul 2016
    The fatal effects of weight loss pills, the negative effects of food advertisements, baby health magazines that are not controlled by the Ministry of Health which leads to blogger writers who don't have scientific background and give wrong advice to parents

  • Georgetown Alumni Club of Turkey, Istanbul 2016
    Presented Georgetown alumni the negative effects of big food industries on food choices and the importance of eating with awareness. 

  • Koc (Koç) Schools, Istanbul 2016 - Presented with Pinar Dogan, dietitian
    Informed students about the possible job opportunites at the "Career Day" after they get a nutrition degree in college 

  • Beykent TV,  Interview with Isilay Gedik on TV "The Two of Us", Istanbul 2016
    The important mistakes people make while losing weight. The essential points on child and pregnancy nutrition
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhRhCJeDj_M
     
  • SAYASA, Istanbul 2015 - Presented with Binnur Zaimler, astrologist
    Talked about the effects of a person's astrological chart in terms of her eating habits and the importance of consuming natural/organic food
                                                                       
  • Koc (Koç) Schools, Istanbul 2015 - Presented with Pinar Dogan, dietitian
    Talked about eating disorders, vegetarian diet, the effects of high dose of protein supplements on the body, the importance of consuming natural/organic food, mindful eating, unhealthy addictions (alcohol, cigarettes and so on...), the negative effects of social media in teenagers in terms of unhealthy eating habits and the importance of outlook
     
  • Aci (Açı) Schools, Istanbul 2015 - Presented with Pinar Dogan, dietitian
    Talked about eating disorders, vegetarian diet, the effects of high dose of protein supplements on the body, the importance of consuming natural/organic food, mindful eating, unhealthy addictions (alcohol, cigarettes and so on...), the negative effects of social media in teenagers in terms of unhealthy eating habits and the importance of outlook   https://www.facebook.com/AciLise/photos/pcb.1664774257122869/1664774043789557/?type=3&theater

  • Cine5 - Interview with Rana Cetin on TV "The Real Deal", Istanbul 2015
    The advantages and disadvantages of detoxing and low-calorie diets
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRtVzn868lo

  • Show TV - 8 pm News with Ece Uner on TV, Istanbul 2015
    Quick weight loss and pilates sessions 3 weeks after pregnancy
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhZnjEmqKSM

  • DeltaRubis, Istanbul 2014
    Offered healthy options for the employees who work in office buildings and making their lives easier in this aspect

  • NTV - Interview with Sedat Kucukay on TV "Vegetarians & Vegans", Istanbul 2012
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-3q5ywvjPU

  • Keystone International Schools, Istanbul 2012-2013
    The good effects of preparing & serving "healthy meals" at school

  • Sabancı University, Istanbul 2011
    The mistakes that are made when dieting and their effects on us both pyscholocigally and physically  web.sabanciuniv.edu/oryantasyon/news_detail/37300

  • Finansbank Headquarters,  Istanbul 2010
    Offered healthy options for the employees who work in office buildings and making their lives easier in this aspect

  • Plus International School,  Istanbul 2009
    The good effects of preparing & serving "healthy meals" at school

Certificates and Training:

  • Academy of Nutririon and Dietetics, USA, Boston 2016 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo - The latest clinical research and developments in the area of nutrition science around the world. 

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA, Colorado 2016
    "Hearth to Health" Teaching food as medicine

  • First 1000 Days - From Infancy to Childhood & Pregnancy & Child Nutrition, Turkey, Ankara 2016

  • World Summit on Pediatrics - Probiotics, Functional & Baby Food Edition, Bulgaria, Sofia 2015
  • 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, USA, California 2013
  • Stott Pilates instructor training certification program, USA, California 2013
  • 11th Nordic Meeting of Dietitians, Finland, Helsinki 2011
  • Ist International Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Congress, Turkey, Antalya 2011
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA, Connecticut 2010
    'Field to Plate' Interpreting the Journey from the Farm to the Plate
  • 28th American Overseas Dietetic Association Conference, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 2009
  • 9th Nordic Nutrition Conference, Denmark, Copenhagen 2008
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA, Hawaii 2006
    Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
  • Formmed Healthcare, Germany, Frankfurt 2005
    The International Distributor’s Meeting for Imupro 300 Food Intolerance Test
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA, Virginia 2005
    Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  USA, Virginia 2005
    Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA, New York 2003
    Commission on Dietetic Registration, Registered Dietitian
  • International School for Colon Hydrotherapy, Inc, USA, Florida 2003
    Certified Colon Therapist

Weight Loss and Detox Centers Attended & Evaluated:

  • Canyon Ranch, USA, Arizona 2014
    Healthy nutrition supported by both outdoor and indoor physical activities and personal enhancement programmes
  • Czapielski Mlyn, Poland, Gdansk 2012
    Low-calorie diet and detox programme accompanied with various spa treatments
  • Heilsu Hotel, Iceland, Keflavik 2011
    Follows vegan detox programme
  • Capri Palace, Italy, Capri 2010
    Low-calorie Mediterranean Diet accompanied with an excellent spa program
  • Buchinger Klinik, Germany, Koln 2007
    Follows an organic vegetarian fasting program
    Has a special program for diabetics
  • Incosol, Spain, Marbella 2005
    Applies a weight loss program together with special theraupetic spa treatments
  • Hippocrates Institute, USA, Florida 2004
    Specializes in a diet consuming only raw organic vegan food and juices
    Helps sick individuals to stop taking medication and improve their health
  • Green Mountain at Fox Run, USA, Vermont 2004
    Focuses only on diabetic women and women with weight concerns
  • Structure House in affiliation with Duke University, USA, North Carolina 2004
    Applies a weight loss program for diabetic people and individuals with weight problems
  • Pura Vida, Costa Rica, Alajuela 2003
    Intense yoga program to relax the body, mind and spirit accompanied with healthy natural foods