Twelve years ago I was a personal trainer at a big Seattle gym. I loved working with my clients but trainers had to meet sales goals selling supplements. My manager told me to put “nutritionist” on my business cards because “anyone can say they are one”. Unfortunately there is no license for dietitians in Washington State so the public is not protected from people who have no nutrition training but practice anyway. That didn’t sound right to me so I did some research and… I quit! Instead, I spent two years at the celebrated naturopathic university, Bastyr, earning my Masters of Science in Nutrition, continuing on to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I moved to Chicago to complete my dietetic internship at the rigorous Edward Hines Jr Veterans Hospital and ended up staying in city for five years.
Now I live in Seattle, write about nutrition and health, blog, and am a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I work at Arivale, a nutrigenomic company, but this website is a personal one and is not reflective of Arivale’s policies or beliefs. I specialize in plant-based diets, supplementation, social media and cooking. A background in English literature inspires me to write about nutrition for magazines and on-line platforms. Professionally, I have worked as an inpatient dietitian at a level I trauma center in Chicago, opened a bariatric surgical program as the team’s only dietitian, and specialized in oncology at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. I love to eat and travel.