Why I Became a Dietitian
I often get asked why I do what I do and my answer is simple. I figured if I could make significant diet and lifestyle changes to improve my own health, then anyone could and I wanted to facilitate that process in others. In my early 40s, after having gained 20 lbs over my previously stable adult weight, after feeling sick and tired much of the time, and after getting fed up with chronic indigestion, I decided to hunt down what I could do for myself. And that hunt led me back to school to become a dietitian, and then a diabetes educator. Oh, and yes, I lost the 20 lbs, started exercising regularly, resolved the chronic heartburn with simple dietary changes, and reclaimed my energy and vitality.
I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator committed to helping individuals manage their diabetes, weight, and other nutrition-related diseases. I use a variety of tools to help people meet their goals - including smartphone apps and fitness trackers.
Nutrition education is important since it empowers individuals to make informed decisions about food intake and ultimately, manage their health. I'm a certified diabetes educator, and use an interactive approach to educate groups and individuals about food, healthy eating, and disease management.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in biology and my master’s degree in nutrition from Cornell University. My educational experience gave me an appreciation for how science is conducted as well as the knowledge and skill to interpret published studies. The science of nutrition matters - and I believe that safe and effective care must be evidence-based and as free from bias as possible. I do not sell nutrition supplements nor make money from promoting products or referring clients to products. I use my clinical experience as well as published nutrition guidelines to guide care.
My specialties include: diabetes, pre-diabetes, weight control, heart disease, hypertension, Celiac disease, and disease risk reduction.
Prior Work Experience
Dietitian, Kaiser Permanente
Diabetes Educator, Exempla Diabetes Center
Dietitian, Boulder Community Hospital
Metabolic Dietitian, Inherited Metabolic Diseases Clinic
Assistant Manager of Database Services & Nutrition Software Trainer, The CBORD Group
Personal Trainer & Nutritionist
Fun Stuff I Do
Cooking & baking: I love everything about food, but mostly, I love eating.
Leisurely hiking, biking, and skiing: I enjoy taking my time and enjoying the view.
Swing dancing: I used to dance quite a bit as well as teach many years ago. But now, I enjoy dancing Lindy Hop & Balboa a few times a month.
3 Reasons Why I Can Help You1
I am passionate about nutrition education since I feel that it empowers individuals to take control of their health and thrive. I use an interactive approach to educate groups and individuals about nutrition and weight control.
I provide information and consulting on how to change key behaviors to maximize health and reduce risk of common chronic diseases related to nutrition and lifestyle (such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and certain types of cancer).
My focus is wellness and disease risk reduction via healthful food choices, physical activity, and weight control.
- Dietetic Internship, University of Northern Colorado
- M.P.S. in Nutrition, Cornell University
- B.A. in Biology, Cornell University
- Certified Diabetes Educator, National Certification Board for Diabetes, Certificate # 21210191
- Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration, Registration ID # 951148
- Certified in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR & AED)
- Certified Health Fitness Instructor, American College of Sports Medicine
- Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
- American Association of Diabetes Educators
- Rocky Mountain Association of Diabetes Educators
- Colorado Dietetic Association
- Denver Dietetic Association
- Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
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