I have always been interested in nutrition. Unfortunately, from a young age my interest was coming from a less than healthy place. As I’ve grown, I’ve realized that how I eat affects how I feel. As I’ve matured, I’ve become more interested in my health and well-being than in my weight. Now, I’m no complete health nut; I still love my share of pizza but I’ve realized how food makes me feel and how food contributes to my current state of health.
I’m a new mom to two wonderful children. Before moving to the east coast with my husband, I was the chief operating officer for a small business association in Ohio. When we left for my husband’s job, I decided that this was an opportunity to reinvent myself. It took some time and some soul searching but I decided to pursue health coaching. I love food – talking about it, eating it, preparing it, watching cooking shows, etc… and I’ve experienced the challenges people face with nutrition firsthand. Growing up in a family that, at times, was consumed by diets made an imprint on my life in many ways.
I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
I have a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Public Policy/Public Administration. Both degrees provide me perspectives on how an individual’s background and history shape their relationship with nutrition. In addition, I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the policies behind the food and diet industries.