“Relationships with food can be complicated, and they’re often mixed with emotion—it’s important to break it all down and share your feelings in a safe place.”
What was your path to becoming a nutritionist?
As a teenager, I developed an unhealthy obsession with food and calorie counting. Toward the end of high school and the beginning of college at the University of Delaware, I realized that food was meant to be habitual nourishment instead of something to track and count—and I decided to become a dietitian. For me, developing a healthy relationship with food took practice, and it ultimately drove me to want to help others struggling with a dieting mentality. After over five years of working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, it is my goal to help others develop healthier and easier relationships with food.
What should someone know about working with you?
In session, it’s all about you. We may talk about the big picture of food and how it plays an overwhelming role in your life, we may talk about a specific meal or snack, or we may discuss nutrition education. Relationships with food can be complicated, and they’re often mixed with emotion—it’s important to break it all down and share your feelings in a safe place. Sessions with me can be that safe place for you to continue to challenge yourself and learn about how food can play a more positive role in your life.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In addition to being a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, I am currently training to become a certified health and wellness coach through a credentialed program. This certification will give me the ability to partner with you in focusing on the more challenging things you want to change when it comes to nutrition, health, and wellness. By creating specific and achievable goals, we can work closely together to make long-lasting changes and help you develop a positive relationship with health and wellness.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about nutrition counseling who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
There are many preconceived notions about dietitians telling you to try the latest diet fad and eliminate certain foods from your diet forever. I will never tell you to follow any specific kind of diet or tell you that you can’t eat your favorite foods. Nutrition counseling is about finding the balance and not going to any extremes with food. Together, we can navigate finding the right nutrition plan for you.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Collaborating with other providers is an important part of nutrition counseling. Whether it’s with a primary care provider, therapist, or another type of provider, working on an interdisciplinary team can make a big difference in providing clients with the best care. Each provider specializes in something different and brings a diverse perspective to treatment. Working collaboratively with other providers can make a large impact on the client’s overall experience.
“I will never tell you to follow any specific kind of diet or tell you that you can’t eat your favorite foods.”