We are the

Crohn’s and Colitis Dietitians™.

We specialize in providing top-of-the-line medical nutrition therapy for Crohn’s and Colitis patients.

Our dietitians help people get relief from complex digestive concerns like diarrhea, constipation, persistent bloating, SIBO, acid reflux, allergy, EOE, and much more.

We have been there. We get it.

We understand the things you’re struggling with right now – the pain, the bloating, the constant running for the bathroom – because all three of the dieticians in our practice have IBD!

Over the past few years, we have had the privilege of working with hundreds of patients with digestive challenges, most of them with Crohn’s or Colitis.

We have been able to see the incredible transformations that are possible for people when they get customized, evidence-based nutrition insight and lots of support.

Our Dietitians

Ashley Hurst, MS, RD, LD (she/her) 

Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

When Ashley was initially diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis as a college student, it turned her world upside down. Her symptoms made it close to impossible to work or study, and she had to give up a promising collegiate running career. 

She also felt confused and disappointed by the limited treatment options her medical team offered – so she dedicated the next 10 years to learning everything she could about managing UC symptoms with nutrition. 

Along the way, she got a Master’s degree in Medical Nutrition Therapy, became a Registered Dietitian and opened her own private practice to help Crohn’s and Colitis patients get to symptom remission faster, and stay there longer.

Taryn Mattern, MS, RD, LD (she/her)

Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

Taryn is a dietitian who has lots of experience with digestive disorders, oncology, and post-surgery care. 

She has had Ulcerative Colitis since she was 3 years old, and nutrition and lifestyle changes truly transformed her health.

Once she experienced what nutrition therapy could do in her own life, she wanted to learn more so she could show others that remission is possible, and help them get relief from IBD symptoms.

Taryn received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University.

Christa Smith, MS, RD, LD (she/her)

Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

Christa is a seasoned Sports Dietitian who specializes in providing care for athletes with digestive troubles.

She is a lifelong athlete who also has IBD, so she knows firsthand how difficult and disruptive flares can be. 

Christa was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in her third trimester of her third pregnancy. Even though she is a dietitian, she still felt lost when she was diagnosed. But she knew there were answers out there, so she sought help and began her own research on nutrition as well.

Christa has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Dallas Baptist University and a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

She is currently studying with the International Olympic Committee for her Diploma in Sports Nutrition. 


Our support staff

Rosie Schlaudt (they/them)

Operations Manager

Rosie, our Operations Manager, is a yoga instructor who specializes in trauma-sensitive vinyasa yoga. They are a 2020 graduate of the University of Mary Washington College of Business, and they received their 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in January of 2021.

Rosie’s hometown is Richmond, Virginia. In their free time, they enjoy hiking and camping in the Shenandoah Mountains and spending time with their cat, Ramona.

Cecelia Stephens (she/her)

Client Care Manager

Cecelia is a health coach, yoga instructor, and Certified Sound Healer. She comes to our practice with over 15 years of experience in the medical field, and wants to expand her knowledge around gut issues and the role they play in overall health. She is currently training to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. 

When she’s not in school, Cecelia enjoys spending time in nature with her family and friends.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about how our approach can help you regain control of your digestive health, I invite you to set up a free consultation with me.

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I feel like a whole new woman…

I went to Ashley with severe stomach issues after being blown off by numerous doctors. Within 2 weeks I noticed a difference and now 6 months later I feel like a whole new woman. I recommend anyone and everyone to visit her. She is very knowledgeable about food as medicine. She believes in healing her clients.