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.
A graduate from Wichita State University with a BBA in Marketing and Management, I moved to Lawrence from Wichita nine years ago, and have worked in the retail and radio industries. My past experiences include a career in the marketing/advertising/communications industry where I worked with clients on strategy, planning and executing media campaigns, coordinating events, as well as publishing a women’s lifestyle magazine. I also served on several boards that work with persons with developmental disabilities and victims of domestic violence.
My passions include reading, road trips and traveling when I can, binge watching streaming networks, listening to live music, supporting local businesses, the arts, charities, and spending time with my family and friends, especially my two granddaughters (Madeline and Grace). I also like to cook and bake in my spare time and have recently joined a book club.
I’m excited and grateful to join the team here at Free State Nutrition.