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
She Specializes in Eating Disorders (mainly adults), Intuitive Eating, Diabetes, PCOS, and family eating challenges (picky eating).