Education

My education and focus is on weight loss/management, food allergies, digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions, and Sport’s Nutrition.  I have been counseling individuals and families on therapeutic diets to address various health concerns for more than 15 years.  My ongoing clinical training through my independent practice uses a bio individuality approach when working with those who suffer from chronic conditions to help them find their path to healing.  I have a passion for cooking and reconnecting people with their potential to heal using whole, organic and local foods.

I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in Sociology.  With both the theoretical and practical work experience in human and group behavior I continued education through a vast number of nutrition programs:

Most notably I am certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I learned a fresh approach on nutrition and coaching methods such as; bio individuality (no one diet fits all), lifestyle balance techniques (primary foods), and over 100 dietary theories; everything from raw/juicing, anti-inflammatory, vegan and Paleo.  Through the institute I studied under many leading experts:

  • Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • David Katz, MD, MPH, Authority on Preventive Medicine and Weight Management, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health and Bestselling Author
  • Andrew Weil, MD, Bestselling Author and Expert on Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Interactions
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Functional Medicine Doctor, Founder of Blum Center for Health
  • Mark Hyman, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center, Bestselling Author
  • David Wolfe, recognized Expert and Bestselling Author on Superfoods and Raw Nutrition
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University

Additional studies include:

  • Stanford Introduction to Food and Health, Stanford University
  • Psychological First Aid, Johns Hopkins University
  • Nudge-it: Understanding obesity, The University of Edinburgh
  • Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights, Vanderbilt University
  • The Meat We Eat, University of Florida
  • Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UCSF
  • Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome, University of Colorado Boulder & University of Colorado System
  • Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UCSF
  • Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within, The University of Melbourne
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Diabetes: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Opportunities, UCSF
  • The New Nordic Diet – from Gastronomy to Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Economic Issues, Food & You, University of Florida
  • Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0, Stanford University
  • Introductory Human Physiology, Duke University
  • Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials, Johns Hopkins University