BIO

As a Registered Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, and Certified International Society of Sports Nutritionist, I have worked with many individuals and athletes from grade-school age to professional. When living in CA, I was the Team Sports Dietitian for UCLA Athletics; sports nutritionist for Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS); and clinical dietitian at St. Jude Medical Center. I currently travel (moving every 8-10 months) with my husband for his work, while working as a dietitian with My Sports Dietitian, providing individual consults and lectures on sport nutrition, and teaching as an adjunct faculty member here with Concordia University Chicago as well as Logan University.

I received my BS degree in Foods & Nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona and MS in Human Movement from A.T. Still University, with an emphasis in sports conditioning. Understanding the power of the synergy between nutrition, physical training, and lifestyle, I work with individuals to meet their unique, highly specific needs.

I believe strongly in an integrative and functional “whole person” approach to nutrition and lifestyle–I like to think ‘outside the box’, challenging status quo, and not sticking to the conventional way simply because that’s how it’s always been done. I absolutely respect traditional and conventional ways, especially when supported by quality literature and evidence; yet feel it’s important to embrace new (or not so new) potentials. Using the literature and available scientific evidence to guide us, and appropriately applying concepts and ideas to each unique situation, to each n = 1. Understanding there may be some nuances where the literature and consensus knowledge base is still catching up. Yet always being responsible in our approach and remembering the essential principle “first, do no harm.” Additionally, I thoroughly enjoy education and seeing “light bulbs” go off as individuals grasp and apply new concepts.

EDUCATION

MS in Human Movement: Sports Conditioning from A.T. Still University
BS in Foods & Nutrition: Dietetics from Cal Poly Pomona

COURSES TAUGHT

AES 6300 – Exercise & Sport Nutrition
AES 6340 – Nutrition & Exercise in Weight Management

Research Interests

Energy availability + Carbohydrate availability in athletes

Relative Energy Deficiency In Sport (RED-S)/Female (and Male) Athlete Triad

Nutrient Timing, Nutrition Periodization (From micro to macro level)

Protein (Including needs, metabolic demands and physiologic/health impacts, timing, optimal intake for various goals)

Integrative and Functional Nutrition