Bench Press: 135# (Weight 105#)
Deadlift: 200# (Weight 105#)
Mother of 2 boys (ages 2 and newborn);
National Certified Counselor
Master of Science in Food and Nutrition
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I knew I wanted to be a Dietitian in 7th grade when I started running Cross Country. I was fascinated by nutrition and how my performance was impacted by the foods I ate. I ran Cross Country and Track and Field throughout college and completed my schooling to become a Registered Dietitian. As a child, I played sports from as far back as I can remember. I started Karate when I was 3 years old, and earned my black belt at age 12. I was the youngest student in the do-jo to achieve my black belt. I continued Karate until I left for college at 18. I also played field hockey, and basketball, and was a competitive cheerleader. I struggled with obsessive eating and lifting, restricting eating, and binge eating during my college years. I hit a very low point in which I felt food had control over me. I realized so much of nutrition is related to mental health, which led to me pursuing an additional Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a deep passion for helping those with eating disorders, athletes, and clients who are struggling with finding a balance of healthy eating along with the mental health challenges we face in life.
I battled an eating disorder for many years which robbed me of so many friendships, experiences, and precious time. I felt like I would never be able to just eat food like any other person does on a daily basis. I was deeply depressed, anxious, and completely out of hope. After many prayers and finally seeking God as the only cure, I was able to conquer my battle and finally take back control over food and my body.
I feel called to share my experience with mental health as a way to help others with nutritional struggles that are greatly impacted by mental health. I am passionate about focusing on the bigger picture of wellness and encouraging others to view their health through a different lens than just body weight and appearance.