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A Unique Philosophy

The main force behind Collaborative Kidney Care LLC is a deep desire to help individuals through a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and holistic approach

Started by the drive to helps others around the world in a way that is new and exciting. A different approach to your everyday medical needs!

We are excited to help you personalize your healthcare plan to fit into your life. We support the treatment of the whole patient rather than just treating the illness, we care about you!

Meet theTeam

Who We Are

Dr. Cathleen Burns

Registered Dietitian

A passion for cooking and the thrill of creating food for enjoyment ignited a spark to launch a remarkable journey that would ultimately land me here.  Enrolling at Johnson & Wales College provided me both the technical skill and the discipline needed to stay focused as I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. Opportunity provided me a chance to showcase my new-found skills in the healthcare sector.  Approaching this unique venture with determination to deliver food which was both nutritious and appealing to this special population lead me to understand the connection between food, emotions and wellness. It became my mission to obtain the knowledge that would allow me greater opportunity to support the unique needs of special populations. I returned to Johnson and Wales, completing a B.S in Culinary Nutrition and completed an internship at Marywood University to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. During this internship, I had an exceptional mentor who was extremely knowledgeable in renal disease, upon completion of my program I worked as an apprentice gathering all the information she could provide. I thoroughly enjoyed working with patients inflicted by renal disease and was fascinated by the complexity of the disease and continue to practice in acute and out-patient settings.  Therefore, I returned to school to acquire a deeper understanding of the Pathophysiology of disease obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology.   Intuitive by nature I feel connected to my work. However, I felt disheartened by the model of care that I was practicing in and felt that healing required more than just a prescription, it required a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional, spiritual and socioeconomic barriers that disrupt wellness. Shortly, after graduating I suffered the loss of my Dad due to a substandard level of care.  I channeled my energy into seeking further knowledge.  Treating the whole person and finding the core imbalances has always been my passion. Searching for a new direction I found Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH).  Graduating with a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition with a focus on Integrative health has provided me a foundation to build my dream on. Understanding an individual has unique needs is the message I feel compelled to deliver to health care providers. Working in collaboration with health care professionals will help improve not only health outcomes but Quality of Life. I offer a unique approach acquired through years of education, cultivated by years of practice and a strong desire to achieve these goals. Utilizing a collaborative approach to support individual needs, this is my story and this is my practice. Welcome to integrative health and compassionate practitioners.

Kaitlyn Furtado

 Dietetic Student & Writer

Passionate about health and wellness, Kaitlyn is a welcome addition to this collaboration. Her interest in utilizing integrative medicine to support optimal health was ignited after exposure to chronic health problems in her own family left her feeling helpless as she searched for interventions that could help improve her loved ones' quality of life. Understanding that identifying the root cause of the disease is essential to the prevention and management of chronic health conditions was a pivotal point in her life journey. The impact diet and lifestyle have on the prevention and management of disease was crucial and she followed her ambitions enrolling in a coordinated program to become a nutrition expert. Kaitlyn is currently in her 5th year of a 5-year B.S/M.S dietetic program at D'Youville College. A team player and athlete, she is a proud member of the cross-country team and previously a member of the crew team. Consistently on the Dean's List, she strives for excellence and is always there to lend a helping hand if the need arises. She is a breath of fresh air with her kind heart, creativity, and innovative approach she takes the responsibility of helping me with the many aspects of launching a new business.  She looks forward to creating a blog for the website based on new and interesting material. Your questions or ideas are welcomed to enhance the material in the blog posts that you may want to see!

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Medical Nutrition Therapy

Also known as MNT, medical nutritional therapy is a way of keeping the lead on your health and working together to help you maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle that works for you!