My Story 

Seven years ago I was a personal trainer at a big Seattle gym. I loved working with my clients but trainers had to meet sales goals selling supplements. My manager told me to put "nutritionist " on my business cards because “anyone can say they are one”. That didn’t sound right to me so I did some research and… I quit! Instead, I spent two years at the celebrated naturopathic university, Bastyr, earning my Masters of Science in Nutrition, continuing on to become a Registered Dietitian. 

Now I live in Chicago and combine my specialty in natural health and integrative nutrition with cancer care. Whole foods cooking and researching nutrition every day fuels my passion. This blog reflects what I want to spread to the world: the science of nutrition and the truth as I learn it. 
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Education, Certifications, Leadership
  • Registered Dietitian, Licensed in Illinois State
  • President, Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Master of Science degree in Nutrition (Bastyr University, Washington)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English (University of Washington)
  • Dietetic Internship (Edward Hines VA Hospital, Illinois)
  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor  
  • Co-Editor, Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Newsletter
  • CPI committee member, Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Newsletter Bulletin Co-Editor
  • Past-Illinois State Representative, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group

About Dietitians: 
noun     dietitian; plural noun: dietitians; noun: dietician; plural noun: dieticians
  1. an expert on diet and nutrition.
It is not easy to be an RD!  We have intensive nutrition education (bachelors, masters or doctorate degree), supervised practice (1200+ hours in medical rotations), testing, licensing, and continuing education that separate us from all other medical professionals.  RD stands for Registered Dietitian.  An RD can also be called a "nutritionist", but the dietitian credential guarantees specialized education and training.

"When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and it is all one"

M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) Author and food philosopher.

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