I was destined to become a dietitian. Before I was old enough to do much reading, the human body book was one of my favorites. When we were young, my sisters and I would read the nutrition facts and compete to see who had the healthiest breakfast cereal. During the summers I would work in my mom's herb garden and we would make salves and tinctures.
When I started collage, nutrition was the clear choice (especially since I get sick at the sight of blood, so I knew that I could never be a doctor). I graduated from Brigham Young University with my bachelor's degree and completed my dietetic internship at East Carolina University in 2006. In 2008, I started my first job as a dietitian working at a dialysis clinic. At first, I was certain that I was going to accidentally teach someone the wrong thing about potassium and it would be my fault when they had a heart attack. But eventually I became more confident and have come to love renal nutrition. This led me to becoming certified as a specialist in renal nutrition as well as to start providing MNT for those with CKD not on dialysis. In 2016 I received my master's degree in nutrition with an emphasis in functional medicine. I also have experience working in long term care, eating disorders, food allergies, and home health- but renal nutrition is my area of expertise.
When I'm not elbow deep in nutrition journal articles, patient education or assessments, I enjoy reading (Jane Austen or other historical fiction mostly. Although I am a devoted Harry Potter fan as well), playing piano, and spending time with my husband Dave.