MS, RD, LD
Growing up, my mother always told me to "do whatever it is that you love". I love food, I love to cook, I love to eat; more importantly, I love to help other people by sharing my love for food. My interest in nutrition started with the simple fact that everyone needs to eat in order to survive; a basic concept that becomes complex when intertwined with the notions of health and wellness. The intricacies of what, why, and how to eat sparked a fire of curiosity within me that eventually lead me to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics.
In 2009 I took my first group fitness class at O2 Modern Fitness in Tucson, Arizona. The connection between what I ate and how I performed in the gym slowly began to develop, and I began to realize that food was more than just something to eat. From gym member to group fitness instructor and nutrition coach, I was able to share my affinity for food and fitness with hundreds of individuals at a variety of fitness facilities throughout Southern Arizona. Teaching group fitness classes and offering nutrition coaching gave me the opportunity to help transform bodies and lives with a whole foods approach to eating and a fun, motivating approach to fitness.
My interest in nutrition and fitness ultimately led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Dietetics Emphasis from the University of Arizona; however, it was my passion for sharing this knowledge with others that motivated me to become a Registered Dietitian and later graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a Master of Science in Dietetics. Nutrition is evolutionary, not revolutionary. I am dedicated to continuing my education and advancing my knowledge in order to better serve my clients and my community.
My nutrition career has been largely shaped by my time spent in the fitness and community settings where I have enjoyed guiding others to better health and a richer appreciation for food and fitness. I also have a strong background in clinical nutrition from my time serving as the Food Service Director and Clinical Dietitian for The Manor at Blue Water Bay, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located in Niceville, Florida.
I strongly believe that the key to achieving optimal health and wellness is through education and accountability. I am very excited to join Emerald Coast Diabetes and Nutrition Center where I look forward to empowering individuals to take control of their health in an encouraging, motivating, and supportive setting.
My personal interests remain closely connected to my professional interests, and I pride myself in leading by example. I spend much of my free time running the streets and beaches of the Panhandle, sweating in hot yoga, and volunteering my nutritional services in the local Fort Walton Beach community. I also enjoy (read: love) to grocery shop, try new recipes, and cook delicious plant-based meals for my meat-loving husband. When I finally sit down at the end of the day I love to snuggle up with my English Bulldog, Bailey, and fierce hunter-cat, Moses.