Safia Buh, RD, WFIM-CP*
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Specialized in Women's Health
“In witnessing the struggles of my family and friends dealing with PCOS, I found profound reward in realizing how simple changes can transform your well-being.”
In high school, I struggled with strong body image issues, feeling dissatisfied with my appearance. I resorted to restrictive eating and excessive exercise, shedding over 20 pounds. However, my discontent persisted. When it came time to choose a college major, my father suggested studying nutrition—an idea that resonated with me. I thought, finally, I could “fix” my body.
Moving to the United States as an international student, I pursued a double major in nutrition and public health. During my first nutrition class, I discovered that nutrition extended far beyond surface-level aesthetics. The beauty of understanding how our bodies work gradually eclipsed my concerns about their appearance. Simultaneously, in my first semester, I began experiencing inflammatory episodes in my ankles, which would hinder my ability to walk.
After collaborating with several providers to identify the root cause, I learned that my inflammatory markers hinted at a potential rheumatoid disease, though they weren’t sufficient for a diagnosis. Similarly, I received a Hashimoto’s diagnosis based on lab markers and family history predicting future complications. Each time I inquired about preventative measures; the response was to wait until symptoms needed medication. That’s when my focus shifted, and I recognized the significance of nutrition and lifestyle, leading me to the realm of functional medicine.
Fast forward several years, I graduated from my dietetics training, completed over 1000 hours of practice, and underwent specialized training as a dietetic intern at a women’s health functional medicine practice. It became clear to me that this level of care was what I desired and intended to provide for my future patients.
In witnessing the struggles of my family and friends dealing with PCOS, I found profound reward in realizing how simple changes can alleviate symptoms and transform your well-being. Working with this patient group brings me immense joy. I thrive in supporting individuals dealing with PCOS, metabolism concerns, and those navigating pregnancy and fertility.
Beyond work, I’m all about exploring the fascinating world of human nutrition and behavior, diving into self-help insights, and enjoying activities like weightlifting, Pilates, and yoga. Cooking is a passion, and I love immersing myself in the diverse flavors of different cultures. I’m also currently on a Duolingo journey with Spanish, and I’m fluent in Arabic and French. Traveling is another love of mine; I’ve had the chance to explore five continents. I’m always seeking that perfect balance between curiosity and relaxation!
Education & Licensure
B.S. Nutrition & Public Health
M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics (in progress)
Integrative & Functional Medicine Trainings:
Foundational Herbal Medicine Training Program
Foundational Herbcraft – Jim McDonald
Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Certification Program (WFIM-CP)*
New Medicine for Women Institute – Dr. Aviva Romm, MD (*in progress)
Licensure & Registration:
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)
- Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition (BS)
- English, French, & Arabic