I sure did on the road towards becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I knew that I loved all things food, but a fair amount of my training to become a dietitian didn’t resonate with me and felt incomplete.
So much of what I learned was based on diet culture, food rules, and sabotaging the relationship you have with your own body.
My journey towards becoming a dietitian actually began in high school, with my own health struggles.
At that time, I was plagued with bloating, intense stomach pain, nausea, and dizziness. I tried to “fix” this on my own with different diets but was left with more questions than answers, a poor body image, and a debilitating fear of far too many foods to boot.
Turns out, I had IBS and a thyroid issue; both conditions are very manageable once you have the right diagnosis and support from your healthcare practitioners. What surprised me then was that my healing wasn’t just about food: I learned stress management techniques, yoga, and mindfulness skills that serve me to this day.
In college, we dove into the science of how our bodies thrive with the right nutrition. We learned specific medical nutrition therapy for various conditions. Yet we were also taught the old ways of diet culture - Calorie-controlled diets. Weight management. The weight-centric healthcare model. This never sat well with me, and never worked in the real world with my clients, which is consistent with the research.
This training was robust and difficult, but I still felt that something was missing when I went on to work with individuals.
Beyond my bachelor’s degree and internship to become a registered dietitian, I quickly felt at home with the training offered towards becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Finally! The missing piece of the puzzle for how I wanted to work in the field of nutrition and effect real and lasting change for my clients.
Food is so much more than vitamins and minerals. Our relationship with food mirrors our relationship with ourselves, our self-esteem, and our sense of self-worth. They’re all intertwined. As I work with clients, I take a comprehensive approach to nutrition counseling that includes your mindset, expectations, and history – they all matter!
That is why my clients feel the most whole and happy after working with me; we do the deep work to repair and heal your relationship with food and eating. Just like repairing your gut health improves all of your organ systems, taking a wide lens look at your emotional relationships with food benefits your whole entire life.
I started my private practice so that I can provide the compassionate and judgment-free support that I wish I had been given. As someone who has been through it with my own health issues and food fears, I have intimate experience with the same struggles that my clients do.
You can trust that I am different. I offer trauma-informed, client-centered care in a safe, judgement-free setting.
I look forward to partnering with you on your nutrition journey.
- B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Georgia
- Dietetic Internship at Georgia Southern University
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
- Licensed Dietitian (LD) - North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia
- Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
- Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT)
- Member of the Association of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)
- Member of South Carolina Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (SCAND)
- Member of EDRDPro and INSPIRD to SEEK for ongoing training & education
- Currently undergoing CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist) supervision & credentialing
- Member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Intuitive Eating (IE)
Health At Every Size (HAES)
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
- Music festivals are my favorite weekend activity
- My favorite food is a thick crust, extra cheesy pizza
- I could watch any Will Ferrell movie, again and again
- When I'm not working, you can find me hiking or traveling with my husband and son
- My dog Willow and cats Clyde and Millie are my best buds
- I believe that there is always room for another houseplant
- All foods can fit into a balanced eating pattern
- You are the expert of your own body, I just help guide you to listen & honor it
- The scale isn't an accurate measure of health. Healthy habits & behaviors matter most!
- Nutrition doesn't need to be complicated, boring, or rigid. It should be joyful, flexible, and intuitive.
- No food judgement here: there are no "good" and "bad" foods!
- Diets don't work, and never will work. We aim to focus on sustainable, feel-good health behaviors for LIFE.
- Health is holistic. Sleep, movement, mental health, access to health care, & nutrition all play a role in our health.