I'm a masters-level Registered Dietitian (RD) and diabetes specialist (CDCES, formerly CDE) based in Seattle, Washington, working with people virtually all over the world.
Some of my core beliefs about this work:
We are all born with innate wisdom about how to nourish our bodies, and as a nutrition therapist, my job is to guide you back to that wisdom.
I respect and honor a diversity of body shapes and sizes, and my goal is to provide a weight-inclusive space for my clients to engage in interventions for healing their relationship with food and body. I recognize that our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing are all of equal importance, so our work together won't just be about food.
My work is split into two categories:
I spend about half my time in client care working with people managing diabetes and/or eating disorders. The other half I spend equipping diabetes dietitians with confidence and skills through continuing education and direct supervision.
A little more about me
I am a straight, white, currently able-bodied cisgender female (pronouns: she/her/hers).
I continue to do work to identify and acknowledge my own privileges and learn how to better serve those without the same privileges with which I have been born.
If you are looking for a clinician that has similar clinical experience but a different lived experience or identities than me, please check my referrals list here. If you have recommendations to add to this list, drop me a line!
Outside of the office, I love rock climbing in the pacific northwest, cooking with cast iron skillets, and taking too many pictures of my cat.
Coping with a diabetes diagnosis, managing blood sugar and living day-to-day with diabetes can be really tough.
You might have been (ok, let's be honest - you PROBABLY WERE) handed a lot of rules and myths along with your diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis, and trying to follow them can make you feel like you’re falling into a bottomless well of information.
You deserve to live a life free from rigid, suffocating rules about food and blood sugar management.
That's where I come in. I’m a certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) and a registered dietitian nutritionist. I want to be in your corner, helping you understand the ins and outs of diabetes or prediabetes. I offer a compassionate, person-centered approach that could be a game-changer for your health and wellness.
You can have a healthier relationship with food and body while also improving your confidence in managing blood sugar.
This work isn't easy, but it is incredibly rewarding. Using intuitive eating in diabetes management is not the standard approach in the medical community, yet I believe it is the most ethical, evidence-based and healthy practice of type 1 or type 2 diabetes care.
Working with me as your diabetes dietitian, you can expect to:
Manage blood sugar without rigidity or anxiety.
Become calm, confident, and relaxed around food.
Rediscover satisfaction and pleasure around food without feeling out of control.
Feel confident in your diabetes management with technology, medication, food, and exercise.
Improve flexibility with blood sugar and food and free up space in your brain for other wonderful and rewarding parts of life.
What NOT to expect from me:
Giving you rigid diet plans or rules
Focusing on, prescribing, or encouraging weight loss
Making you feel judged or defensive about your past or present eating, weight loss desires, or diabetes management
I believe in non-weight focused counseling, but that doesn't mean we won't talk about your weight concerns. If that is important to you (and I want to acknowledge that it is for many), I definitely want to discuss it. It simply means that the focus of our work will be healing your relationship with food and body rather than focusing on strategies to "fix" your body.
"What if I have an eating disorder and diabetes?"
Then you've come to the right place! I have expertise both as an eating disorder dietitian and a diabetes specialist, so I work with you on caring for your body while you manage both conditions and work towards healing.
Education & Experience
Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPH) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Seattle Pacific University, 2007
Dietetic Internship at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, 2008
Working in diabetes care since 2010; eating disorder care since 2015
Certifications and Advanced Training
Nationally Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN), 2008
Washington State Certified Dietitian (DI60133239)
Nationally Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES, formerly CDE), 2015
Adolescent health fellowship (LEAH Program) and training in eating disorders at the University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital alongside physicians, Registered Nurses, Psychologists, and Social Workers, 2016
Licensed Be Body Positive facilitator, 2019