Food has become an enemy and a form of self-sabotage for so many, rather than to be used for enjoyment to fuel our bodies. I don't believe there are good or bad foods, though nutrients do feed our brains and bodies in different ways. The more rules we create around food, the more we create cravings and obsessions rather then a sense of peace and control.
While I specialize in treating those of all ages with eating disorders, I work with treating a broad spectrum of other nutrition concerns - from helping those with gastrointestinal issues and guiding women through healthy pregnancy's.
I had ten years of experience working with a treatment team who provided inpatient care to both women and men struggling with eating disorders. In 2013, I began my private practice to better address the needs of my patients. I completed my undergrad at UNC with a BS in Human Nutrition, followed by a Masters in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. I am also a Registered Dietitian.
I developed my nutritional belief system from my grandfather. My grandpa is 93 years old and is "as healthy as a horse". To me, he is the definition of balance and moderation. He eats a donut once a week with his friends at the donut shop, will have a fast food burger once in a while "because it sounded good" whilst at home his crock pot is simmering a lentil stew with carrots he picked from my mom's garden (that he probably didn't wash because "a little dirt never hurt anyone"). I believe that we should eat because our bodies need it, because it tastes good, and because it connects us to the people sitting at the table across from us.
I have worked with patients, at all acuity levels, who have struggled with disease states that have kept them from fully living their life whether in small or large capacities. In my time being a Registered Dietitian, I've gained experience treating a wide variety of medical issues - Gastrointestinal problems, Diabetes, kidney disease, among others. I also consider myself an expert in treating Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, exercise compulsivity and other disordered eating issues. I have a Culinary Arts and a Nutrition degree from Johnson & Wales University as well as a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science from University of Maine.
I'm passionate about healing and helping people get back to connecting with the things that are important to them.
A complete approach to nutrition therapy means considering not only a client’s physical needs but also their psychological, social, and spiritual goals. We are much more likely to sustain our health goals when we take a more balanced approach instead of focusing on eating alone. In addition, nutrition messages tend to focus on mostly negative, over-exaggerated, and even conflicting advice about what is good and bad and what we should or should not be putting in our bodies. This leaves us feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and not knowing what to eat. I will work closely with you to help bring balance back into your life and to feel more comfortable, confident, and even excited about your food choices and your body.
I am a firm believer in a "back-to-basics" approach to eating and will work with you to develop long-term, sustainable strategies for achieving a healthful lifestyle. Food is my passion, and I am a graduate of Bauman College, a nutrition-based culinary school. I like to combine my culinary and dietary backgrounds and can help you with simple food preparation techniques and healthy eating habits.
For more than a decade, I have worked with clients of all ages and at all levels of care, specializing in all eating disorders and excessive dieting. I was formerly Lead Dietitian at the Eating Recovery Center, where I continue to see patients on an as-needed basis. In addition, I have counseled clients in diabetes, cardiovascular health, weight loss, and maternal and pediatric nutrition in some of the top hospitals in the country. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and received my Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University. I completed my Dietetic Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Medical School for Columbia and Cornell Universities.
I am a non-diet registered dietitian specializing in disordered eating and eating disorders. I began in this field in 2011 and have worked with both adolescents and adults at various levels of acuity including post graduate work at Denver Health ACUTE and inpatient through partial hospitalization at Eating Recovery Center. I also have experience working with individuals with ARFID.
A bit about my philosophy/approach- I believe that nutrition enriches our lives by fueling our minds and bodies to do the things we love with the people we love. This harmony is often disrupted by our busy lives, individual struggles, and the overwhelming amount of conflicting nutritional advice out there in the world. I provide compassionate and patient guidance to help you reach your goals by sharing evidence-based information, helping you notice patterns in your diet, encouraging balance and variety, and challenging you to make the changes needed to find a more peaceful relationship with food and your body.
I’m also a Wyoming native, bookworm, gardener, s’more consumer, and when not working can be found out exploring the world with my two young kiddos and rambunctious rescue pups.
My Pronouns: She/her
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science in Physiology/Psychology Minor, University of Wyoming
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, University of Northern Colorado
Memberships: International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP),Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians and Professionals (EDRDPRO),International Federation of Eating Disorders Dietitians (IFEDD) Member, Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Member