In my work with teens and adults, I provide support and guidance while helping clients learn to advocate for themselves and find autonomy in taking care of themselves and honoring their hunger and satisfaction. I help clients recovering from eating disorders find a flexible, sensible approach to eating and navigate the path of recovery.
After working in an early intervention program, I truly realized how complex the parent/child feeding relationship can be. I feel passionate about helping parents raise intuitive eaters, and coaching parents through the challenges of feeding their children.
Staying home with my own children realized how difficult and rewarding feeding and growing children can be. I truly appreciate the time and care it takes to raise kids to be confident, flexible eaters.
My work at a residential eating disorder center helped me fully appreciate the continuum of care from feeding children to teen and adult eating disorders. Helping people learn to nourish themselves sensibly in their day-to-day lives without stress is one of my favorite parts of my work.
In my spare time, I love being outside with my family exploring Oregon. At home, I love to cook and to sew.
Education and Training
I graduated from the University of North Texas with a music performance degree. I found that I loved teaching and felt drawn to food and nutrition, my other passion. I made the switch and never looked back. I graduated from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed my internship and master’s degree through TWU in Denton. After working at UTMB in Galveston, providing medical nutrition therapy to ICU and bariatric patients, I stayed home to raise our two children. I went on to work at TEIS, Inc, an early intervention program for six years. After my family moved to the Portland area last year, I started working in eating disorder recovery at Monte Nido Portland. Working at the residential level of care gave me great insight in eating disorder recovery and intuitive eating. I look forward to supporting you and your family.
Approach and Philosophy
I believe that food should nourish our bodies and our souls. My work is aligned with Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating. I take a non-diet approach to nutrition therapy while helping clients work towards body neutrality or body positivity. I am passionate about helping people heal their relationship with eating and feeding their children. I use the teachings of Ellyn Satter and the SOS feeding approach when working with children and families. I understand the time and care it takes to raise children and believe that a positive feeding environment is crucial for raising happy, healthy people. My philosophy of working with nutrition clients has been informed by personal experiences with my own children, through my coursework and clinical work, and through the varied dietetic positions I have held.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Sensory, Oral, Sequential Workshop