I have been a dietitian for just about 17 years now. I started with a career in banking and soon realized that I’d rather talk about food than money! Soon after completing my Bachelor and Master’s degree in nutrition, finishing my internship and becoming a dietitian in Illinois, my husband and I decided to make a move to become Missourians and lay down our own roots. So here we are, living out in the country where we raise a flock of egg laying hens, tend to a vegetable garden / fruit trees, grow and use medicinal herbs, enjoy the company of a crazy dog and celebrate life with our rock-climbing son.
I have a lot of experience and knowledge working with patients that have complex nutrition/health histories including leaky gut, food allergies, autoimmune disorders (I manage my own autoimmune disorder with nutrition), but also collaborate with patients with regards to weight loss, mindful eating, food addiction and much more. I worked as part of an Integrative Medicine team for many years, which is where I met Kathy.
I’m very much an advocate for nature - looking for ways to live “with nature” and not against it (which means our own bodies as well). This includes the art of natural medicine – studying and working with herbs/spices in their many forms, is one of my biggest passions. I have completed an herbal retreat training in New Mexico with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, studied through Rosemary Gladstar’s “The Art and Science of Herbalism” program and am currently working through programs as part of The Herbal Academy. Part of these studies encompass the use of essential oils. I am a believer in the medicinal qualities of essential oils (and herbs/spices in general); but also respect them. Which means knowing which oils are right and safe for each individual.
In my free time, you can usually find me outside or in the kitchen concocting some kind of herbal.
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