My philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious. Nothing boring, super restrictive, overwhelming or scientifically unsound. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and a Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, my goal now and for the last two decades has been to empower people to grab control of their health.
As a speaker and writer, I engage and entertain while informing. My audiences and readers – whether consumers or healthcare professionals – are energized to take action and get results. I’m the author of four books and regularly contribute to a number of publications including Environmental Nutrition, Food & Nutrition magazine, Diabetic Living, Kid’s Eat Right, The DX and Today’s Dietitian. I am honored to sit on the panel of experts that reviews and ranks diets for US News & World Report.
Before I went back to school to study food science and human nutrition, I worked in public relations. So today, I combine my food, nutrition and health expertise with my public relations and communications skills to help industry clients such as the Egg Nutrition Center, the Norwegian Seafood Council and The Dairy Alliance position their brands with a health advantage. I also have tons of fun chatting with various anchors on live or pre-recorded TV.
I spent more than 20 years working one-on-on with clients to help them make lasting behavior changes for better health and feelings of well-being. I'm currently taking a break from all individual counseling.
Be sure to check out all four of my books
I belong to these professional organizations
- American Association of Diabetes Educators
- American Diabetes Association
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association)
- Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Tidewater Dietetic Association
- Nutrition Entrepreneurs
- Food and Culinary Professionals
- Diabetes Care and Education
- Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition
- Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
A More Personal Glimpse
I didn’t start out promoting good food and good health, but I did begin my professional life in promotion. After earning a degree in advertising from the University of Florida, I worked in marketing and public relations at the Kennedy Space Center and for a financial institution. It wasn’t long before my love of food and all things nutrition pulled me back to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I earned a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition.
If I’m not counseling and coaching clients, consulting to some of my favorite food brands, tethered to my computer or otherwise working, you’ll likely find me in the kitchen cooking up something nutritious and delicious. Or perhaps I’m out jogging, keeping up with two beautiful daughters, letting my dog in and out, (and in and out again and again) or simply trying to sneak some quiet time with my husband. And whatever I’m doing is likely to involve dark chocolate, strong coffee, fragrant tea or peanut butter.