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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 (comprised of course work and 1200+ hours of supervised practice); 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 corporations, school districts, universities, and from home. In those capacities, I’ve provided one-on-one nutrition and wellness counseling and coaching, nutrition and wellness classes and workshops, cooking classes for children and adults, and facilitated support groups.
Since venturing out on my own, I have been given the freedom to take what I have learned works best from my past experiences and integrate a functional medicine approach (“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.” Mark Hyman), create wellness workshops that address gut health to metabolism and incorporate cooking demos, and bring people together to create healthy meals that they can bring home to their loved ones.
- Featured presenter on “Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Change” at the nationwide MentorCoach® Conference 2014
- Recognized as Top Performing Health Coach at Humana
- Venturing out on my own and gaining the freedom to create wellness and cooking classes that aim to strengthen individuals and build communities and to help my clients achieve their wellness visions through addressing root issues and empowering them with lifelong strategies.
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, traveling, learning new things, meeting new people, sleeping (seriously, I love sleep!), finding ways to serve those around me, bringing people together, and empowering people to create sustainable and meaningful wellness changes.