I have spent the majority of my career in geriatrics/long term care in various different roles and more recently also worked in the fitness industry. I have always been interested in nutrition and made the switch from working in a traditional health care setting after seeing over time how the lack of quality nutrition affects one’s health.
I have a supportive husband, 2 wonderful sons and four dogs. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and trail running, cross fit, reading, baking and time with my family.
- Upsala College, NJ: BA in Sociology, Human Resource Management; minor in Psychology.
- Rutgers University, NJ: Masters in Social Work; concentration in Gerontology
- LMSW: inactive status at this time
- Continuing Education Courses for MSW: issues of loss and bereavement
- Bauman College, CO: Nutrition Consultant, graduated with honors
- Member of National Association of Nutrition Professionals
- Member of Wellness Council for Castle Rock, CO
- Notary for State of Colorado
- Active participant in Healing our Youth Organization
- Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
- Herbalist; Certified in Herbal Foundations from Sage Herbal School, Colorado Springs. Training in Ayurvedic herbs in David Crow’s Medicinal Plants program. I continue to attend Herbal programs to further my knowledge on this vast area of learning
- Organizer and member of a Nutrition Professionals Roundtable (where we share new information and share case studies to help one another achieve results for our clients)
- Author of two books on depression
- I am always reading and staying up to date on the research in my field. In addition to this I maintain my continuing education for my Board Certification and for my NANP membership. What this means is, that I am never stagnant, I am able to provide for you up to date health and nutrition support, services and information.
My philosophy is to look at the whole body and listen to what you have to say!
I will make the process as simple as possible for you and/or your loved one in a step by step plan so as to not bombard you with so many changes at once. And remember you are a part of the change!
In this journey I have learned more than I ever expected in my life to learn about physical and mental health. I have seen the effects up close and I understand how dark and challenging of a place it can be not just for the person experiencing these issues but for the loved ones as well who sit by and watch and feel helpless, even exhausted and emotionally and mentally drained.
You may be reading this and thinking, “Hah! My teenager will never give up their soda or fast food habit. We will work in small steps, maybe small to you and I but huge to your child. I have been where you are personally and with my own family members so I know how difficult this can be but we can make it work! It is the child, teen or whoever the client may be, who is actually in charge. This is critical for the teens and adolescents. I will not tell them what to do but rather work with them to find what works best for that individual.
I am more than happy to work with others on your support team. A team approach is best to win this battle as no one player is more important than the other but all disciplines that you implement will have its strengths and benefits. Nutrition is a key player that is often overlooked.
I will support, educate and motivate you every step of the way! In addition to this, if I feel that I am not the right person to help you or your family member, I will let you know; however you will not leave empty handed. You will leave our visit with recommendations and resources that I feel will be of value to you and which will hopefully send you on the direct path to wellness.
Your body and brain is so powerful-nourish it, restore it!