I provide support, guidance, and education to adults with eating disorders as well as families experiencing feeding challenges with their children. I work with individuals with eating disorders and disordered eating to restore body trust and body autonomy. I teach families how to navigate challenges such as picky eating and growth concerns.
One of my first jobs as a dietitian was with Clackamas County’s WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutrition program. I saw firsthand how frustrations around mealtime can take over families. Helping families find pleasure again in mealtimes is one of my favorite parts of my job.
Working as a dietitian since 2015, I see how many of us struggle with our relationship with food and our bodies. When I learned that 75% of women reported that concerns about their bodies interfered with their happiness, I became passionate about facilitating change by teaching Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size®.
I have two children of my own and can empathize with the expectations versus the realities of feeding a family.
Personally, I enjoy being on or around Mt. Hood. I grew up in the Portland area and am still captivated by the beauty of this region. I love being outside with my family exploring Oregon To de-stress, I like to hike, bake, sew and complete fun coloring books. In my spare time, I love being outside with my family exploring Oregon.
Approach & Philosophy
I believe that it is possible to develop a healthy relationship with food and our bodies, despite living in a diet-centric and fat-phobic society. I embrace the message that all bodies are good bodies, and work by the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size®. With families and children, I utilize the teachings of Ellyn Satter. I enjoy easing parent anxieties surrounding food and mealtimes and believe that the best way to avoid feeding struggles is to foster positive feeding relationships. I work with clients of all backgrounds and believe the best work is done when we listen more than we speak.
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.
In my experience 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, I 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.
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.
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 into eating disorder recovery and intuitive eating. I look forward to supporting you and your family.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Sensory, Oral, Sequential Workshop
Andrea Starts at NWPFN on November 1st and will start scheduling new eating disorder clients (teen and adults) and pediatric nutrition clients.