“Jan is talented at motivational interviewing and her expertise is unmatched. She is up-to-date on all the latest scientific research and always provides evidence-based answers to client questions. She also is superb at coordinating care and ensuring the RD is not acting in isolation, rather she sees counseling as a team approach with coordinated care. This was an incredible counseling experience. I am very grateful for the knowledge I gained, much of which is not able to be gained from a textbook. All RDs should learn from Jan and practice as she does.”
-Student Intern, 2016
“Jan Hangen was highly recommended to us by our pediatrician. She inspired our daughter with her calm, insightful, humorous and compassionate approach. She provided us with incredible insight into the nutritional benefits of various foods. She also helped us understand the true calorie requirements for maintaining a healthy weight in an active and athletic teenager. She provided a great plan for daily meals that was easy to follow and practical. It’s also wonderful to consult with someone who lives the advice they give to others, provides common sense as well as the benefits of great expertise and years of experience. My daughter has benefited tremendously from her visits to see Jan and we can’t recommend her highly enough to her future patients!”
“For the past five years, Jan Hangen has been a dedicated and supportive health care partner delivering incomparable nutrition counseling for Boston Ballet School. She is a passionate professional who understands the unique needs of the ballet student and specific rigors of their training. Through collaboration with parents, faculty and medical professionals, Jan provides a 360 degree approach to mentoring students toward developing healthy eating habits. With tremendous care and sensitivity, Jan educates and empowers our students by giving them tools to make healthy choices aiding in their success as both dancers and individuals.”
Director, Boston Ballet School
“I was fortunate enough to have Jan as a preceptor during my Dietetic Internship, and during that time witnessed her encouraging and attentive approach to a wide variety of clients. My experience with Jan gave me a great foundation in counseling, which I have carried with me to my own practice today.”
– Elise Reitshamer, MS, RD
Dietitian in Private Practice
“Jan’s supportive and caring approach made a world of difference in my treatment for an eating disorder. I would not be where I am today – years solidly into recovery – without an as a part of my treatment team. Jan helped me form a positive approach to food and body image which I will take with me for the rest of my life.”
“I cannot speak high enough of Jan – earlier this year, I was lucky enough to work with Jan as an intern during my four-month practicum experience at Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic. During this time, Jan exemplified why she is one of the most respected and intelligent registered dietitians in Boston: she focuses on her clients’ needs and has the experience to back her up. I have never met a more determined and hard working person. As a student, I never could have anticipated how much I would learn from Jan and how much I continue to learn. During the practicum (and after), Jan made the time to give me feedback, knowledge, and support I needed to enter my dietetic internship and future career with confidence. Jan has personally played a role in advocating for me and furthering my nutrition knowledge and career within Children’s Hospital – for that I will always be thankful. I don’t know where I would be had I not met Jan, but thankfully I now have not only a role model to aspire to, but also a career mentor, and friend.”
-Marie Bauer, MS, RD
“As a registered dietitian, counselor and entrepreneur, Jan Hangen is on top of her game. She is passionate about the field of nutrition, her clients, and mentoring students. It is a privilege to work with her.”
-Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN
“I met Jan Hangen, “nutritionist extraordinaire”, over ten years ago, having been referred to her by my childrens’ pediatrician. Both my daughter and I saw her, and benefited enormously. My child sought her advice as a teenage athlete, who was trying to achieve balance in her life; I sought Jan’s help as a mature female, whose needs were changing physiologically and, hence, nutritionally.
Once I became a mental health professional, initially specializing in eating disorders, I knew Jan would be an invaluable resource for my clients. I describe her as so much more than a nutritionist–she functions also as a well-trained therapist. Her finely tuned skills; her non-judgmental, accepting, compassionate manner; her sense of humor; and, most importantly, her individual approach (she doesn’t pigeonhole her clients into preconceived notions of what makes them function….or malfunction), make her a much needed support for clients. Her range of expertise runs the gamut from the needs of young ballet dancers and athletes, to the needs of post menopausal women.
When it comes to mental health, there is no one answer. But if you can build a support team, including Jan Hangen, you have a much better chance of achieving your goal, and not feeling alone on your journey. I strongly believe that nutrition plays a big role in our mental well-being, along with exercise, meditation, yoga, music, journaling, etc.. These more holistic tools can only enhance the use of talk therapy, and medication (if warranted).
The client who is seeking to alter his or her way of eating and viewing food, could not be in safer or in more capable hands than those of Jan Hangen.”
-Constance McCashin, MA, MSW, LICSW
Psychotherapist, Brandeis University
“Jan Hangen was highly recommended to us by our pediatrician. She inspired our daughter with her calm, insightful, humorous and compassionate approach. She provided us with incredible insight into the nutritional benefits of various foods. She also helped us understand the true calorie requirements for maintaining a healthy weight in an active and athletic teenager. “
Jan Hangen is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of practice in nutrition therapy. She works to understand the unique circumstances of each patient, and develop effective and personalized improvement plans to meet their health goals. Jan treats a variety of health issues and disorders with qualified, coordinated care.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”