Ana VillacortaClick to play video
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
- George Bernard Shaw
- Job Title Nutrition Advisor
- Degrees/Credentials Dietetics and Psychology UW - Madison
- Place of Birth Lima, Peru
- Favorite Food Vegetable Pad Thai
- Hobbies/Special Talents Dance (used to dance in a Latin American Folkloric Troupe)
- Fun Fact Married to a circus artist, whose abilities include acrobatics and flying trapeze, so together we like to entertain kids with activities in our get-togethers or parties.
Native of Lima, Peru, Ana later moved to New York City, where her mother worked for the United Nations, and she attended the United Nations International School. Her love for helping people came early on, heading school organizations such as Oxfam and Youth for Environmental Action. She then went on to major in Psychology and Pre-Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After taking a Biochemistry of Nutrition class during her last year, she decided to put pediatrics aside and get a second major in nutrition and dietetics.
With over 18 years of experience in nutrition, Ana has worked in a variety of settings, including clinical at Coler/Goldwater Memorial Hospital in NYC, public health at Jamaica Hospital, NY and health and wellness both privately and at different gyms. Combining her love for physical activity and health promotion, she also worked as a personal trainer for over 16 years. Ana has practiced nutrition and personal training in NY, California, Brazil and most recently, Florida.
As a Nutrition Advisor for PreviMedica, Ana enjoys applying her clinical knowledge, cultural background, and passion for helping people promote optimal health.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son outdoors biking, running, kayaking, swimming at the beach and doing acrobatic tricks with her husband who is a trapeze and circus artist.