How many people can say that their job is to help people live longer and feel better? Nutrition is one area where a dietitian can intervene and actually assist people in changing their lives.
I became keenly interested in becoming a dietitian during my graduate school years after taking a medical nutrition therapy (MNT) class. In that class, I learned how significant health benefits can be achieved by MNT in preventing or altering the course of many diseases. I also saw how passionate my professor was when talking about her previous job as a clinical dietitian. So after I got my M.S. in Nutritional and Food Science, I decided to go back to school—I attended K-State then finished the dietetic internship program at KUMC (with an MNT emphasis).
I believe healthy eating should be enjoyable. I love baking and cooking, because there's plenty of room to be creative by experimenting with new things, and I can create and modify the recipes as much as I want. I love the feeling of nourishing myself and my family, knowing that there are no hidden ingredients, and I can also get to control the amount of fat, sugar, and salt while still making things tasty.
I specialize in general nutrition, pediatric nutrition, food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, and GI issues.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
My passion for nutrition came from my own journey of health improvement. After working in professional kitchens for over a decade, I had gained an array of culinary skills and passion for food, as well as some negative health effects from years of poor sleep and unbalanced food choices. I researched ways to improve my nutrition and overall health, which is when I realized I loved learning about these topics. This new
passion carried me through my undergraduate study of dietetics at Kansas State University, and into my internship and graduate work at the University of Kansas Medical Center. There I completed a graduate certificate in Dietetics in Integrative Medicine as well as a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Since becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2018, I have worked in public health and enjoy teaching people about the impact of food on overall health. I strive to work with people to find the root cause of their symptoms, and build a plan together to take steps toward healing. I recognize the importance of factors such as sleep, stress, and food on a person’s physical and mental health. A key component of my practice is to build a strong relationship between client and care provider, which includes meeting people where they are with individualized goals and recommendations.
Using an integrative and functional nutrition approach, my specialties are: women’s health and hormone balance, perinatal nutrition, inflammation and GI regulation, food allergies/intolerances, and teaching culinary skills.