Hi! I'm Hilary Granat, Physical Therapist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, founder of Core Total Wellness and co-founder/co-owner of C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy in Washington, DC.
I am passionate about health, wellness and rehab and have alway been a fitness nut! I consider myself a life-long learner of all things to do with health, the body, rehabilitation, wellness and nutrition. The more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to know. This explains my long and winding career path in health and healing. After starting as a personal trainer in a health club and feeling like I found my calling, I pursued a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. But, soon after graduating, I decided there was so much more I wanted and needed to know that I jumped right back into school to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy, which I have been working as since 2000. Along the way, I became certified in Pilates and now integrate it into rehabilitation with my clients. They love it and I love it! I was fortunate enough to open my dream physical therapy practice in 2006, CORE Physical Therapy, LLC which integrates rehabilitation and fitness all under one roof.
Fueled by my own personal health journey and my passion and desire to learn more about nutrition, I discovered the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and became an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Through my education and experience, I can assess the body from a holistic point of view and provide comprehensive treatment programs. I consider myself very lucky in that I truly love what I do. I wake up every day, happy to go to work as it does not even feel like work to me. I get to help people heal and thrive daily. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), NYC
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Shenandoah University
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT), Marymount University
Masters of Science (MS) in Exercise Physiology, George Washington University
Pilates Certified, Polestar Education in Miami, FL
Bachelors of Science in Marketing/Business, Syracuse University
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2018. In this program I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories: gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:
• Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
• Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in mind-body medicine
• Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
• Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
• Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
• Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
• David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center
• David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
My experience and education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, healing, and prevention. My goal is to help you develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your health, vitality, energy, balance, and happiness.
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HILARY GRANAT, PT, DPT, MS
As with many other health practitioners, it was my own health issues several years ago that led me down the path of nutrition and my own health journey.
So, here is my story….
When I was younger, I could eat whatever I wanted and never gained weight. I never even thought about whether a food was healthy or unhealthy. If it tasted good, I ate it. I also loved being active. I was a huge tomboy and was always running around and playing outside. After college, my lifestyle of constant exercise, being a personal trainer and physical therapist helped me to stay fit. I was also a runner for close to 30 years and have tried almost every type of exercise out there. I’m proud to say I ran 2 marathons back in my younger days and pre-injury phase.
When I stopped eating meat in my late teens, I ate lots of carbs and fatty foods! My go to foods were grilled cheeses, macaroni and cheese, french fries, lots of pasta, cheese, chocolate, nachos (still my favorite), and did I mention cheese? As I grew older and wiser, I added more fruits and veggies into my diet. But, my diet was still not ideal. I was still happy with the way I looked physically, so I had no huge motivation to make healthier nutrition choices in my life.
By the time I hit my 40’s, everything changed for me. I could no longer eat whatever I wanted without noticing my body changing. I also noticed that certain foods made me feel bloated, sluggish and not very good. Around this same time, I struggled with infertility, my cholesterol that was “genetically” high continued to rise, I gained 10 pounds in less than a year, was then diagnosed with hypothyroid disease (Hashimoto’s), and to top it off, I hit pre-menopause! WTF, right?!
I also thought more about my family genes and it didn’t look good there either. My family history includes heart disease, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, cancer and arthritis.
I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and do something about my own health and did not want to go down that same health path as my parents.
Through my own journey, I’ve realized the power of eating real foods and making healthy choices in my own life. I want to get better with age and not buy into the belief that we gain weight and lose energy, fitness and vibrancy the older we get. It is totally possible to get stronger and healthier at any age! I want to teach others that they can take control of their own health and happiness. Health is not a matter of reaching a destination, but a personal and individual journey of progression and growth of the body and mind together.
I believe in empowering my patients and clients by teaching them about the power of nutrition and how it effects healing, inflammation, and living life optimally.