Donna Isreal, PhD
Donna Israel received the Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science from Texas Woman’s University in 1982. She also holds a Master of Education and Counseling from the University of North Texas and graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Sociology and History.
During her extensive career as a teacher and counselor, Dr. Israel has been a true innovator and entrepreneur. She served as founder and president of The Fitness Formula, Inc. and Preferred Nutrition Therapists, Inc. The Fitness Formula was a national wellness provider to more than100 companies, including a number of Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she led Professional Nutrition Therapists (PNT), LLC as its CEO. Professional Nutrition Therapists (PNT), a health care organization targeting nutrition intervention for corporate and private clients, developed into an impressive network of professionals statewide and nationwide. Prior to retirement, Dr. Israel held many certifications in her field and was active in numerous professional organizations. She retains her designation as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). While actively practicing, she was awarded numerous accolades, including the national award for Excellence in Consultation and Private Practice Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and was named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014. She was awarded the Texas Distinguished Dietitian award and given a national award from the Public Broadcasting System for a 26-segment series about nutrition, which she hosted. The YWCA of Richardson, Texas awarded her the Women of Achievement Award.
Dr. Israel has provided more than 1,000 lectures and presentations in 42states and most Canadian provinces discussing many aspects of nutrition practice. In addition, she has an impressive list of publications that span her 30-year career. She has contributed to or authored more than 25books on a wide variety of topics related to nutrition and health. Dr. Israel estimates that she has provided mentoring or internship opportunities for approximately 500 students, many of whom have gone on to attain leadership roles in the profession.
Dr. Israel is generous with volunteer time, having served on the Board of Directors for Head Start and the Women’s Advisory Board for Richardson (Methodist) Hospital. She has supported the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Alzheimer’s Association, among other community organizations.