I earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. If you just did a double take, don’t worry you’re still on the same webpage. An unhealthy obsession with food led me to back to school to earn a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition. I had no idea what a dietitian was when I was thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up, but after having experienced what was likely an eating disorder that went undiagnosed for years, I decided that I wanted to help people improve their relationship with food, body image, and health. Even though I didn’t follow through with becoming an actual engineer, I try to keep that spark alive by putting everything I can into an Excel spreadsheet.
The bulk of my career has been in nutrition and health communications and food policy. At the beginning of my nutrition career I had the opportunity to teach sports nutrition at the George Washington University as an adjunct professor and I fell in love with teaching. I also developed a passion for the topic of sports nutrition. In 2016, I jumped back into nutrition counseling focusing on sports performance. Since then, I have practiced nutrition in the outpatient setting and have experience with a variety of chronic diseases and health issues.
I believe nutrition is an important piece of what makes up a strong foundation for good health but it’s only one part–there is no-one-size-fits-all prescription that dictates how someone should eat. I do believe strongly that diets do not work. I practice nutrition with a weight-neutral lens and I believe in and teach the principles of Intuitive Eating. I believe in providing individuals with the education and tools they need to trust their own body to make their own choices that best suit their values and needs, while offering guidance and support without judgement along the way.