About Me

Hello!  My name is Kendra and I am a health coach, Pilates instructor and professional dancer living in NYC.  I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition*, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.

I established The Balanced Palate in 2011 to support busy individuals looking for support in reaching their personal health and wellness goals. While establishing my career in dance I struggled with the juggling act of working on Wall Street by day and rehearsing at night. I worked in various stressful odd jobs that left me stressed, tired and frustrated! I was overworked, tired, eating on the run and making poor food choices full of caffeine just to get by.  Until one day I decided to make some changes and find a better way of living.  I began to make small changes to reduce my stress and find the right nourishment for my mind and body to support this busy lifestyle.  Not only did I feel better but I looked better and was happier too.  If you'd like to learn more about my work and if I can help you.  Email me today for a consultation!


Kendra Dushac McCarthy has a BA in Dance and Gerontology from Slippery Rock University, formerly studied Dance Education at Kent State University and trained with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Point Park College and The Governors School for the Arts among others. She graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011 and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Kendra is currently a principal dancer with The Mosaic Dance Theater Company, specializing in dance styles of the Mediterranean cultures. Kendra is also dancing for Tina Croll and Company, a modern dance company. 


Kendra is certified in Pilates Mat, Integrative Nutrition, Tahya Technique-Healing Dance Therapy and is currently undergoing certification in Essential Oils, Advanced Holistic Remedies and Holistic Remedies for Beauty and the Household. She has performed with the Verlezza Dance Co., Ursula Payne, LE Therapy Salsa Dance Co.,The UN CultureProject, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Princess M’hoon Cooper, Teena Custer, Sue Hewitt and CheckitDance NYC. In addition, she has taught various dance styles and healthy-living workshops in New York City, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, PA, Wilmington, DE and Cleveland, OH, where she also taught for the Cuyahoga County Board for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to performing she is also a choreographer and has presented work here in the states and abroad.  


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