I live in West Chester, PA with my husband and daughter Josie (age 5). I grew up in Malvern, PA and have also lived in Washington, DC, San Diego, CA, and Greensboro, NC before moving back home so that my daughter can grow up near family. It is a joy to have my daughter see her grandparents regularly!
I love eating good food, cooking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, watching addictive TV shows, listening to podcasts, and laughing. I am very curious about different people, places, and cultures and my favorite people are too.
My Professional Journey
I had a long and winding road to becoming a dietitian. In high school and college I thought that I wanted to be a therapist. I got my degree in psychology at Penn State, but I didn’t feel ready to go to grad school and decided that I would rather work first. I moved to San Diego and found a job where I managed energy efficiency programs. During that time I started getting interested in cooking and reading about food, and I was feeling uninspired by my job. I had a good life in a great place, but I wanted to do something that could help people.
I put together my love of food and cooking with my previous interest in counseling and I decided to go back to school to become a dietitian. I moved across the country and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and completed my dietetic internship. As I dietitian I have worked in outpatient nutrition counseling, corporate office, hospice, and in mental health settings.
I worked with a lot of different people with different nutrition needs, but my passion has become working with people with PCOS and those struggling with disordered eating. I have PCOS and have gone through fertility treatments to get pregnant and I know how isolating and stressful this can feel. I know that people are strongly encouraged to lose weight by any means necessary and I know that this can cause such harm. I feel most gratified when I can help people who are so stressed about food and/or PCOS when I meet them, learn to find joy in eating and feeling well again.