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Credentials & Work Experience
I started my college adventure at the University of Hawaii, Manoa with the goal of becoming an Oceanographer. After taking a nutrition class to satisfy a general education requirement it didn’t take me long to realize that nutrition was my real passion. I think reading the text book for fun was my first clue. Being on the track team, I was looking for any way to get an advantage on my opponents and I soon learned that what I ate had a huge impact on my energy levels, recovery time, cramping, and thus performance. The following year, I was on my way to Washington State University to pursue their standout food science and human nutrition program and later their coordinated program in dietetics; both setting me up for success in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
After becoming a RDN, I was trained at American Speciality Health (ASH) and Humana as a work site educator and health coach specializing in motivational interviewing, goal setting, positive psychology, strengths building, visioning and behavioral change in the areas of weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress management, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation. During my time at ASH I also earned my certification as a Personal Trainer from NASM.
I have had the pleasure of working in a variety of settings including hospitals, private wellness companies, school districts, and universities. In that capacity, I’ve provided one-on-one nutrition counseling and education and have led nutrition classes and support groups.
Since becoming an entrepreneur, I have been given the freedom to focus on what excites me most in the nutrition and wellness realm. Through this, I have discovered functional medicine and integrated the approach into my practice. Mark Hyman, one of the leaders in functional medicine today, describes the approach: “Functional Medicine is the future of conventional medicine. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.”
- Featured presenter on “Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Change” at the nationwide MentorCoach® Conference 2014
- Recognized as Top Performing Health Coach at Humana
- Becoming an entrepreneur and dedicated to the personalized needs of my clients
What I love about living a whole foods lifestyle:
Exploring the endless possibilities of what to make, reworking recipes to improve the nutrition and deliciousness, gathering the ingredients (hello farmers market!), jamming out to music while I cook, finding fun ways to involve our little nugget in the process, recruiting help from my man and getting in as many booty grabs as possible, inviting my favorite people to join us for meals, feeling like a million bucks, staying regular (sorry, I’m going to blame bowel movement talk on being an RDN), and supporting the ones I love to be at their very best.
Some of my favorite things in the universe that don’t pertain to food (I know, sometimes I have a bad habit of relating EVERYTHING to food):
Spending quality time with family and loved ones, making time for spirituality and reflection, a good belly laugh, being outside and taking in mother nature’s beauty, almost all outdoor and indoor recreation (getting active!), thunder and lightning storms, star-gazing, all things adventure: traveling, learning new things, meeting new people, sleeping (seriously, I love sleep!), finding ways to serve those around me, learning about what is important and meaningful to people and helping them to infuse these things into creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle.