Food is beautiful, colorful, and delicious! I love sharing ideas about how to plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks for busy people and families. I am looking forward to being part of Achieving Your Best. I completed my biology degree at Drake University and went on to earn my Master of Public Health (MPH) in nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
My main interest is nutrition and wellness. I started my career as an outpatient community dietitian at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri. I enjoyed working with diabetes patients, and I was thrilled to take my next position as the Pediatric Diabetes Dietitian at the University of Missouri. This gave me the unique opportunity to work closely with families to help them through the lifestyle changes that diabetes presents.
I went on to work in wellness and nutrition at Forsyth Medical Center in North Carolina. There I organized and taught diabetes classes and provided nutrition counseling for a variety of health issues. I also worked with a team to develop an employee wellness program. Throughout my career as a dietitian, I have enjoyed helping people optimize their nutrition for their particular health concerns.
Everyone has unique nutrition needs and preferences, and I enjoy personalizing plans and creating fresh ideas with food. I strive to live an active life and provide healthy meals for my family. Running with my big black lab, swimming, and gardening are a few of my favorite things to do. I love trying new recipes, and my family tests them for me.
One of my winning recipes is a delicious salsa with peppers and tomatoes straight from my garden. I look forward to creating nutrition ideas and sharing recipes with you!