Dr. Brandau attended and graduated from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Mediine in 1989 after having previously worked as a Physical Therapist for a year. Thereafter, she completed an Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at Jefferson Stratford Hospital. However, she subsequently chose a career in correctional medicine, serrving the needs of the incarcerated population of Connecticut for over 20 years. In preparation for retirement from the state, she obtained a Master of Public Health degree in 2017 and Obesity Medicine Certification in 2018 in order to pursue her lifelong passion of nutrition and holistic wellness. Upon her retirement from government service, she started a career in Obesity medicine [sic] in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. During that time, she realized that treating obesity required an intensive lifestyle approach, which prompted her to obtain her board certification in Lifestyle Medicine in 2020. Her interests in cooking, nutrition, and holistic health and medicinal herbs led her to pursue both the CHEF coaching certification and the Culinary Medicine Specialist program. She is currently teaching a healthy lifestyle skills course at Keene State College in New Hampshire where she is incorporating culinary medicine and cooking skills in the teaching kitchen as well as healthy lifestyle behaviors in the classroom. She hopes to expand her teaching kitchen education on a community level.
She is enjoying her semi=retirement pursuing her passions of homesteading, gardening and fiber arts/crafts as she builds a hobby farm in New Hampshire.