Nutrition has always piqued my interest because of the direct the connection between health and eating. Early in my career I became more focused on how I could support people to create a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. My practice style is based on careful listening and an empathetic approach that understands eating and self-care is deeply personal for each patient. Instead of trying the latest diet plan, I urge my clients to start learning how to focus on internal cues, keying in to how different foods and different amounts of food make them feel.
My mantra—guilt has no place with food and eating—inspires me to teach my patients how to be flexible and practice gentle self-care when it comes to grocery shopping, preparing meals, and packing food for the day. I love to cook, so brainstorming ideas for meals and snacks as part of either a nutrition counseling session or diabetes education is a fun part of my practice.
On my non-work time, I love to spend time with my family, going on weekend trips, out to dinner, or cooking at home. I have great friends and enjoy connecting with them as much as possible.
- Nutrition Therapist, Eating Disorder Specialist, Portland Dialectical Behavior Therapy Institute, Portland OR
- Board member, Columbia River Eating Disorder Network
- Diabetes Educator, Providence Diabetes Education, Portland, OR
- Outpatient Dietitian, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, OR
- Instructor, Providence Health Education, Groovin a New Weigh Course, Portland, OR
- Member, Oregon Dietetic Association Public Policy Team
- Instructor, Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University Extension Service, Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR
- Steering committee, Nutrition in Schools Workgroup, Healthy Kids Learn Better Partnership
- Nutrition Educator, Nutrition Education Services/Oregon Dairy Council, Portland, OR
- Legislative chairperson, Portland Dietetic Association
- Nutrition Program Technician, Sutter Memorial Hospital, Adolescent Family Life Program, Rancho Cordova, CA