April Crowley is a Certified Health Supportive Chef & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
I'm pleased to offer one-on-one nutrition counseling as well as hands-on cooking instruction and corporate wellness services, all with a focus on translating your individual health concerns and dietary limitations into an edible plan of action. My goal is to provide each client with a path towards a better quality of life through individualized health coaching, motivational support, and hands-on cooking guidance. I have seen the incredible power that food and nutrition can have on improving and maintaining health and I truly believe that learning to make your own nutritious meals is the key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
I completed the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health-Supportive Culinary Arts in 2009 and had the opportunity to work with families throughout New York City and Long Island as a personal chef. The families that I cooked for all had various health and dietary concerns, ranging from cancer and thyroid conditions to severe eczema and multiple food allergies and sensitivities. I have experience working with many eating styles, including vegan and vegetarian diets, macrobiotic, ayurvedic, raw, and alkalizing.
In 2015 I earned a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and went on to complete my dietetic internship with Sodexo. I began my career as a Registered Dietitian providing nutrition counseling and community nutrition education as a Retail RD in New Jersey. I currently live in Chicago, IL enjoying life with my husband Mike and two boys, Teddy and Leo.
Freelance Private Chef
Education & Credentials
B.S. in Nutritional Sciences
Certified Health-Supportive Chef
Natural Gourmet Institute for Health-Supportive Culinary Arts
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Illinois
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you meet with clients?
I know that life gets busy and finding time to meet with a dietitian isn't always easy. For that reason, I bring the nutrition counseling to you. I will meet you at your home, gym, or workplace at a time that is convenient for you so that you can get started on your wellness journey as soon as possible. Because we will be potentially discussing your medical history and personal health details and I respect the privacy of my clients, I do ask that we meet in a relatively private location where we can expect to not be interrupted during our appointment. (Sorry, Starbucks is a no-go). I'm located in Ravenswood and am happy to serve clients between Edgewater and the South Loop.
How long do you typically work with clients?
The amount of time spent working with each client depends entirely on their individual needs and goals. I offer a variety of Nutrition Counseling and Kitchen Skills packages and I am happy to discuss them in detail with you prior to purchase to make sure that we choose options that will help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals. Because I know that these packages are both a financial and time investment, I offer new clients a FREE 30-minute consultation so that we can ensure that we are a good fit to work together and lay out a general plan.
Can I purchase individual counseling sessions?
Think about it this way: Unhealthy eating habits have usually taken us years to form so changing them is going to take a little time. For this reason I do not offer single sessions. I think that this gives clients an unrealistic expectation of a "quick fix" and my approach to working with clients is to help them gain the knowledge and skills they need in order to transform their eating habits for life. I offer a variety of packages to meet my clients needs and am happy to discuss them with you prior to purchase to make sure you we get you exactly what you need.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not take insurance but I will provide each client with a superbill at the end of each nutrition counseling session. A superbill is essentially a receipt of the services I provided, which you can then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, depending on your personal insurance plan. Any reimbursement would then be sent directly to you. I do accept Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flex Spending Account (FSA).
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards and payment for services is due at the time of the visit. I do require a credit card at the time of booking to hold your appointment. I have the utmost respect for my clients and ask for the same in return. Therefore, cancellations within 24 hours of your appointment start time may result in a $25 cancellation fee. If you fail to notify me regarding cancellation prior to my travel to the appointment, you will be charged an additional $50 for my travel time and expenses, NO EXCEPTIONS. When booking a package, you will be charged for the entire cost of the package at the time of your initial visit.