A mother of two small boys, struggling to stay at her optimal weight, exhausted and battling an underactive thyroid disorder, Danielle knew something had to change. She bounced between calorie-counting diets that lead only to failure and disappointment when a friend shared her successes with the Whole 30 lifestyle. The addition of Paleo-friendly, unprocessed, organic real foods, coupled with the elimination of gluten, began healing Danielle from the inside out. In a short amount of time, the anti-inflammatory diet and her love of fitness, improved her sleep, boosted her energy and enabled her to get in the best shape of her life. Inspired by her remarkable transformation and vibrant health, friends, family and even celebrities began asking her to meal prep for them in her unique healthy, home-made style. Although, Danielle and her partner, celebrated contemporary Chef Thatcher Mills have long since left their home kitchens for a commercial one, she stays true to the boutique business that inspired Plate Therapy’s creation as she continues to interact with clients directly, providing complimentary support, guidance and encouragement.
Executive Chef & Co-Founder
Thatcher Mills found his appetite for the food industry as a young child, washing dishes for his father, an executive chef of a high-end surf-and-turf in Newport, RI. He was drawn to the action and intensity of the kitchen, and worked with him until joining the Coast Guard. He spent 7 years as a heavy-weather search and rescue driver in the North Atlantic. Through his hard work, discipline & determination he advanced quickly to a first-class Boatswain mate. His desire to help others was met, but he still had a craving to please others through food. He returned mainland and graduated top in his class with a degree from the internationally-acclaimed Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. He then worked at several upscale restaurants in Los Angeles where he had the flexibility to experiment and find his style. During his time as Sous Chef at the multi-conceptual restaurant Chez Mélange, it was reviewed one of the top 10 restaurants in the Los Angeles area. He found his sweet spot cooking rustic, clean, healthy food and perfected the artistic world of food presentation. He then transitioned towards personal and private catering working to supply convenience, health and quality to a wide range of world renowned musicians, actors & business executives. This experience instigated a paradigm shift toward ultra-convenient healthy eating. Creating meals that matched the personal health goals of his celebrity clientele set the stage for his role in helping design and implement Plate Therapy. Now Thatcher fuses the convenience of the unhealthy yet ingenious concept of military MREs he once consumed, with wholesome organic foods that please the palate. He enjoys testing his recipe creations on his wife, a fitness professional, & relishes his daddy duty time with his two young children at home.
Chief Taste Tester & Co-Founder
Ryan McPartlin’s motivation to eat well and work out is simple, his successful acting career demands that he often appear shirtless on screen. So much so, that he has been featured in Men’s Fitness regarding his workout and diet regimen. Before becoming a father of two small boys and en route to primetime TV success, Ryan caught the eye of a renowned photographer and landed a memorable campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. It wasn’t long before he parlayed a regular role on the daytime drama “Passions” into a lead role as Fran Drescher’s younger love interest on the comedy “Living with Fran.” Best known as Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on NBC’s hit action dramedy “Chuck”, he also guest starred on series like “Mad Men”, “Community”,“Hot in Cleveland”, CSI: NY”, “Playing House”, “CSI: Miami” and he currently recurs on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”. The husband of Plate Therapy founder Danielle McPartlin, Ryan witnessed his wife’s healthful-eating mind/body/soul transformation - and knew that he found the best and most healthy way to look his best on and off screen. After many years of following Hollywood’s unhealthy dieting trends, Ryan is inspired to share Plate Therapy with his fellow actors and everyone who needs perfectly portioned healthy meals on-the-go. When not on set or coaching his boys sports teams, Ryan manages the company’s rapid growth.
Nutrition and fitness has been a lifelong pursuit for Nadine. In 2008, she was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge and is a National College Exercise Professional Certifying Instructor. Nadine’s specialties include designing holistic nutrition programs to aid in weight loss, weight maintenance, eliminating disease, food allergies, athletic performance, pre/post-natal and meal planning for all ages. Nadine is passionate about avoiding restrictive diets and nourishing a body with the most-efficient combination of nutrients for optimum performance and weight management. Nadine has worked with clients across a wide demographic, from ages 7 to 78, including gym clients, elite athletes and corporate and entertainment-industry professionals.