Welcome! My health journey started at the young age of 12 years old when I woke up day after day with massive stomach pains and feeling sluggish, tired and confused as to what was causing these frustrating ailments. During the next 5 years, I tried many different therapies and visited dozens of different doctor's offices before I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since the age of 17, I have been on a journey towards healing and have marveled in amazement at what true health really feels like. I was so used to feeling sick and tired that I didn't even know how good I could feel!
I have found my passion in working with individuals to restore their own sense of health and wellness, as so many of us forget how energized, alive and empowered we can be! It is our birthright and natural body state to operate in a state of alignment and peace before stress and dis-ease come into our lives.
I believe that we are each unique individuals with our own needs and genetic makeup, and it is my role to help guide you on this path to figure out what works best for your body. I take a holistic approach, knowing that while the food we eat directly affects our bodies, we are also nourished by many other facets of our lives including healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual practice (all considered "primary foods"). I explore all of these areas with clients to help create a menu of true nourishment and transform lives to ones of health and happiness.
I strive to live my passion each day and enjoy a balanced, healthy lifestyle full of delicious nutrient-dense cooking (and baking!), yoga, bike riding, meditating, hiking, rock climbing and appreciating all of the beauty Northern California has to offer.
It is my intention to grow, learn and love each day so that I may help others become their healthiest and happiest selves.
Qualifications & Training:
I studied nutrition at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, where I completed over 1200 hours of internships in local hospitals and in the community before obtaining my Registered Dietitian creditation. After graduation, I served as a member of the Mercy Volunteer Corps for a year and volunteered full-time at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento. Part of my role was to teach diabetes classes to the homeless guests and worked one-on-one helping to empower individuals to take control of their health.
I then worked as a Pediatric Dietitian at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California before returning to the East Coast to continue my work with children in an Early Intervention Program. In this work, I saw many sick children and families and recognized the tremendous need for nutrition education and disease prevention. I also continued my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and received my certification as a Holistic Health Coach (see below for more information).
As a believer in the body’s natural ability to heal itself (given the chance), my next step was to begin working with Dr. Dennis Godby, ND, at the Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center in 2009. I run the weight loss program, counsel patients on specialized diets (Anti-Inflammatory, Food Allergies, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, etc), as well as served as the national volunteer coordinator for The Run: Moving Natural Medicine Forward. I taught "Gluten Free Beginners" and "Sugar Shock" monthly classes at the Gluten Free Specialty Market for several years. I also began working with the Sacramento County Office of Education - Infant Development Program to educate families on how to nourish their families. I currently still am working as a health coach with the Preschools SHINE (Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise) Program.
I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.
During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.