I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. The older I get and the more I travel, the better appreciation I have for the wonderland that is in my own backyard. Long-distance cycling is one of my favorite ways to see the world (from road biking to mountain biking to bike-packing). My ideal day would be biking around Europe with my friends and eating delicious sandwiches along the way! I am a lover of language learning. In my free time, you can probably find me conjugating French verbs or learning a new song on the piano.
Sports nutrition has woven its way through my entire career. In my early years as a registered dietitian I worked as a Sports Dietitian and NASM certified physical trainer with collegiate and recreational athletes. I'm continually drawn to the nitty gritty research of exercise science and I love finding creative ways of integrating cutting edge fueling strategies into our athletic pursuits -- whatever they may be!
Athletes, as a population, are highly vulnerable to eating disorders and disordered eating, body shame, body dysmorphia, and exercise addiction. Working closely with athletes has given me a unique lens into the spectrum of eating disorders and what it looks like to truly heal, and become a more embodied, empowered, well-fueled human.
Throughout my career I have worked in all levels of eating disorder care. I spent several years working in Residential and Partial Hospitalization for Eating Disorders at Remuda Ranch in Arizona. In 2011, I accepted a position at Western Washington University overseeing their Nutrition Program. I taught university classes in exercise science, psychology, and human nutrition, and counseled students through the Student Health Center. In 2016, I opened my outpatient private practice Flourish Food and Body.
Today, I have been counseling in the field of Eating Disorder recovery for more than 12 years, and have worked with thousands of individuals (children, adolescents and adults) in recovery from disordered eating. I am recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), as well as approved supervisor for dietitians considering this certification.
I counsel from a weight inclusive standpoint, meaning I am not for weight loss, and I am not against it. I believe that if we honor the body's signals and practice self care, our weight will settle at a place that is unique to each individual. I incorporate principles of Intuitive Eating® and Body Trust into counseling sessions. I work with clients to understand their relationship with food & body, and to restore food to it's rightful place as a source of nourishment and pleasure, and merely one aspect of a full and flourishing life.