I am thrilled to be your guide on your journey to optimal health. Food and good nutrition has played a central role in my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the foodie culture of Northern California wine country in a multicultural household. I was strongly influenced by my mother’s flare for international cooking, my collegiate tennis coach father, my talented older brother (now accomplished chef/tv host) and my grandmother who lived with diabetes. I saw how important food and nutrition was on many fronts, including but not limited to: artistry and enjoyment, optimizing athletic performance and managing chronic disease. Early on I had a love of science (nerd alert!) and a strong desire to help people. By the time I reached high school I knew I wanted to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). So I set my sights on UC Davis, and then internship and I became a RDN in 2006.
My experience in this field includes extensive work working one-on-one with individuals across a range of ages, body types, backgrounds and diagnoses. I have been practicing medical nutrition therapy in clinical settings for over a decade with additional expertise in kidney disease nutrition, as well as maternal and early life nutrition. As a college instructor I am also passionate about sharing my expertise for nutrition and health through engaging hands-on workshops, lectures and seminars. I am frequently hired to consult in a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities to ensure survey readiness and nutrition related compliance.
I believe that food is both fuel and fun, a healthy diet comes in many forms and I am committed to supporting my clients achieve their unique wellness goals in a way that works for them. I don't believe in rigid diet rules or demonizing foods, and I want my clients to enjoy food and a healthy lifestyle free from fear mongering and misinformation.
When I am not counseling, teaching or consulting, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two energetic sons, going for a run, singing and eating all the delicious food Sonoma County has to offer.
What qualifies me to do this work?
Clinical Nutrition, Bachelors of Science. UC Davis 2005
Napa State Hospital Dietetic Internship, 2005-2006
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission Dietetic Registration 2006
Board Certified Adult Weight Management 2007
Maternal and Child Nutrition, Masters Advanced Study. UC Davis 2015
Certified Coach in Motivational Interviewing 2016