Shonali began her love for nutrition at the early age of 15, in Mumbai, India when she found herself overweight, losing hair, and struggling with severe acne. She found out that the reason behind her symptoms was Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a very common yet frustrating condition women face. Since artificial hormones and conventional medicine only caused her further hormonal havoc, Shonali turned over a new leaf and managed the PCOS solely through diet, exercise, and naturopathic alternatives. She soon became fit, healthy and vibrant. While pursuing her Business degree in Auckland, New Zealand, Shonali’s love for wellness and nutrition grew. Upon returning to Mumbai, fascinated by food, its impact on every cell in the body, and science behind it, she wanted to share her knowledge.
In Mumbai, Shonali began working at SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education, Health, Action) for slum women and children in Dharavi, Mumbai (Asia’s largest slum) that was founded by her family. Under the adolescent health and empowerment program, she developed and presented various educational modules covering topics from nutrition to sexual and reproductive health. Over the following three years, this project reached more than 4500 adolescents in Mumbai’s slums. She also worked on an anemia intervention study at SNEHA where she assisted in dietary counseling sessions for parents and adolescents. Touched by the impact she had on them, Shonali knew this was something she wanted to spend the rest of her life doing.
This brought her to New York, where she pursued her Master’s in Nutrition Science at CUNY, graduated at the top of her class, and received awards for her outstanding performance. Shonali worked as a research assistant for research foundation CUNY and nutrition volunteer at the campus nutrition clinic. She gained invaluable experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Maimonides Medical Center and various private practices as a Dietetic Intern. She is now an Adjunct professor of Nutrition science at CUNY and a registered dietitian at Lorraine Kearney Nutrition.
Her goal is to treat the root cause of diseases or ailments via an evidence-based functional or holistic approach. She specializes in PCOS, IBS, diabetes, anemia, weight loss and endocrine health. She believes that the body has the ability to heal provided its given the nutrients and nourishment it needs .