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 the 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. To de-stress, I like to hike, bake, and complete fun coloring books.
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.
Education & Training
I graduated from Pacific University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, specializing in Integrative Physiology. I also minored in Spanish. After graduating and living abroad, I worked in long-term care and became interested in nutrition. I completed a Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition online through the University of Alabama. I then went to complete my dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University. I chose OHSU for my graduate education because of their strong focus in clinical nutrition and the program’s concentration in Community Outreach.
Memberships, Awards, Certifications
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group
- Portland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
- Associate for Size Diversity & Health (ASDAH)
- Published as a freelance writer in Women’s Health, Prevention Magazine, and on Bustle.com
Andrea joins the team in November. She Specializes in Eating Disorders (mainly adults), Intuitive Eating, and family eating challenges (picky eating). Click here to schedule an appointment with Andrea.