Lifestyle changes do work!

After many years of doctors telling me to adopt lifestyle changes to lower my cholesterol, last year I finally took it to heart. With Allison’s help on eating balanced meals and watching portion sizes I’ve lost about 20 pounds and feeling so much better about myself. I’ve also received reinforcement through a health coach and personal trainer. I now embrace an active lifestyle and am treating my body so much better. The best part is, since I started this journey to wellness, my statin was cut in half, and I’m no longer prediabetic. The change in my blood work numbers was simply astounding! So yes, lifestyle changes do have an impact on one’s health; I’m living proof of that!

Varsity Swimmer

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When I first came to Andrew, I was coming from a year and a half of dealing with two concussions. I was unable to swim full practices for several months, which lead to unwanted weight gain. I’ve been working with Andrew for nearly two years now, and the results I have gotten, and continue to get, are unbelievable. I never thought I’d be able to swim as fast as I was prior to my injuries. Andrew has shown me ways to meet my fueling needs, and how to enjoy myself while I am in the midst of the competition season for swimming. I am beyond grateful for Andrew and Case Specfic Nutrition.

Genetic Direction: Nutrition and Exercise Guidance using your Genes

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There are so many Genetic Testing companies now. Since the completion of the Human Genome project, businesses have been in a rush to enter the market promises the most accurate information to date. For years I have scoured the Genetic Testing sites in search of a program that provided insightful information, was clear about what we can draw from it, and did not attempt to over reach the application to the general population. In my opinion, Genetic Testing will start every nutrition consult in the next decade. As of right now it remains too expensive, and in many cases, the research is still very weak, and requires more substantiation. Genetic Direction is by far the best Genetic Report I have found. After I completed my training with them, and went through the studies they used to come to their conclusions, I was excited to call them the first Genetic Test offered by Case Specific Nutrition!


As a Dietitian, I take clinical evidence very seriously. That is why their 8 pages of transparent links to research for each of their categories peaked my interest. Not only are they making it easy for professionals to interpret, they are quick to highlight when there are limits to the research. This makes this information useful, while not being misleading.


I like how user-friendly the information is. It breaks down the results, and what that means to the individual. I can take the information farther from there and use it to customize eating and exercise recommendations. That said, the 84 page document customers buy has a ton of information they can interpret and apply!



I am very excited by this program! It is the first of its kind to impress me. From the information provided, I can better gauge whether a person benefits more from a carb focused or fat focused diet, how high their protein intake should be, what micro nutrients might be missing (we then test for those), and what type of exercise will be the most effective for fat loss, muscle growth, and changes to blood glucose and cholesterol levels!

We are currently performing the test on clients at our Shadyside and Penn Hills office. The cost is $350, with results in less than 2 weeks! Unfortunately insurance does not cover it yet, but hopefully one day this will be an inexpensive step in all our Case Specific Consults!

For more information please contact Andrew Wade, MS, RDN, LDN at or 412-593-2049!

Lifestyle Counselling

Andrew was of GREAT help to me. I was well advised on eating habits and exercise.
I was given assistance with meal planning as to not get bored and give up on myself.
Even when I faced difficult times, Andrew has been right there to help keep me motivated.
After 6 months I’m down over 30 pounds, I feel much better and have the confidence to continue.
I look forward to keeping up the change in my lifestyle so that I can better manage my
weight and health in the future. Thanks to Andrew for being a GREAT nutritionist and motivator!

Finding the culprit

At 31, I’ve suffered for almost 20 years with stomach problems. They came to a head this year, and after 3 very miserable months I had exhausted all options of Dr’s telling me that it was just my digestive system. After consulting google and some great reviews, I found Andrew. At the first visit, he immediately had a game plan for me and helped me find a way to get to the real problem and still live a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Over the coming weeks, he helped me not only get to the root problem, a wheat intolerance. Don’t be confused by Celiac’s or Gluten Intolerence. My intolerance is with an entirely different protein of wheat and Andrew not only helped educate me on the difference but gave me articles, meal guides, how to safely indulge in my favorite foods, and an action plan to help continue in my 3 months of being symptom free! He has also motivated me to be more active and running my first 5k on Thanksgiving Day!
I would reccomend Andrew and Case Specific to anyone and everyone!

No, your stomach should not hurt everyday…

I am writing this testimonial for anyone who has ever struggled with digestive issues and been too scared or embarrassed to truly get to the root of the problem. For years, I suffered daily from everything from abdominal discomfort to heartburn to excessive bloating. I really didn’t know what it felt like to truly feel well; daily discomfort had become my norm, and so I just accepted it. After finally being diagnosed with IBS, I was hopeful that I had found the solution to my problem. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for IBS, so managing it really is all about a treatment plan.

I tried several rounds of various prescription meds, only to find myself with side effects terrible enough to completely negate any potential upside. I was frustrated, discouraged, and still feeling miserable. Then I called Andrew. I’d be the first to admit that I was skeptical. I was exercising regularly and had healthy eating habits, so I wasn’t convinced that a dietician could fix my problems.

Thankfully, I could not have been more wrong! Andrew took the time, effort and consideration to thoroughly assess my symptoms and pain points. By the time I made it home from my first appointment, I had a customized meal plan waiting for me in my in-box. I needed to be patient, but Andrew was honest with me that I’d likely need to work through some trial and error in order to figure this out. I could tell immediately that he was 100% committed to finding the right treatment plan for me – he was able to engage and motivate me to do the same, which was huge.

At first, we took a less restrictive approach, which was great because it meant it was easier for me to implement and maintain the necessary changes. Slowly but surely, I started to notice small wins in how I felt. Andrew partnered with me to identify what was and wasn’t working – one by one, we starting eliminating symptoms by adjusting the foods in my diet.

Andrew taught me a few basic things. I wasn’t drinking enough water given my activity levels, and I definitely wasn’t eating enough good, healthy fats. Over time, we learned that I responded incredibly well to a low FODMAP diet. I know, I had never heard of it either. Many people suffering from IBS have difficulty digesting certain types of carbohydrates. Andrew helped me to identify my “trigger foods” so that I could reduce their prevalence in my diet. The crazy part is that many of them are healthy foods for those who aren’t sensitive to FODMAPs, so I never would have thought to cut them out on my own. I needed an expert to point me in the right direction. Andrew and his team at Case Specific Nutrition are those experts, and they can be for you, too.

If you’ve read this far, it means you’re thinking about calling for a consult – do it! In partnership with Andrew, I went from barely being able to get myself out the door in the morning to running the Chicago Marathon without digestive distress! I could write an entirely different testimonial on that, but for now, I’ll leave you with one final thought. Working with Andrew completely restored the positive quality of life that I had been lacking for 10+ years. You deserve the same for yourself. Let Andrew and his team help you by scheduling your consult today.

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