Nutrition is actually my second career; I initially earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a focus in marketing from NC State University in 2007. After graduation, I spent many years in marketing and advertising before realizing I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my work. I decided to pursue a career that was more in alignment with my value of helping others feel their best, and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. I received a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University and completed the dietetic internship at Duke University Hospital.
Experience and Practice Philosophy
I became a Registered Dietitian in 2017 and began working in pediatrics. My career as a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian consists of experience in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Nephrology, Dialysis, and Kidney Transplant. Though it can be difficult at times, I really enjoy partnering with patients and families during a season of life when they are faced with a diagnosis that requires a lot of care and support. Throughout my career, I have witnessed patients undergo tremendously difficult experiences and observed the subsequent impact on their relationships with food and body.
What my experience has helped me come to understand is that my patients are so much more than just a body with an illness. When there is a medical crisis going on, it’s easy to lose sight of the whole person. When we can hold space for someone’s fear, preferences, and all aspects of their lived experience, we can more effectively address barriers to nourishment.
I draw from my strong clinical background, the non-diet/weight inclusive approach, and trauma informed frameworks to meet you where you are as your partner on this nutrition journey – whatever that looks like for you and your family. I recognize the value that your lived experience brings to our collaboration and will always center your voice in our work.