My Professional Background
My goal has always been to do exactly what I'm doing now - to work in a private practice setting with individuals who are motivated to make changes and improve their health. In the 15 years leading up to opening my private practice in 2004, I was fortunate to gain experience in a variety of settings. I worked several years at an endocrinology / internal medicine practice where I had the opportunity to do extensive group and individual diabetes education. I was introduced to an innovative non-restrictive approach to eating early in my career, and have been using this approach with clients for over 20 years. I also spent time working with the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program as well as working in a preventive wellness setting for a county wellness program. I worked for 10 years combined at St. Luke's and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Boise, providing nutrition education in a variety of settings, primarily individual and group education as outpatient dietitian.
- Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, California State University, Chico, 1987
- Dietetic Internship (44 weeks), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1988
- Master of Science in Adult and Organizational Learning, University of Idaho, 2005
- Certified Diabetes Educator since 1992
- Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian since 2012
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy:
Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists
Diabetes Care and Education
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
- International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians
- American Association of Diabetes Educators
- Association for Size Diversity and Health
I attend education conferences and workshops regularly. The events that I've participated in most recently are:
January 30-31, 2015: Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference: The Art of Individualizing Care: Crafting & Mixing the Best Treatments Available, One Patient at a Time, Orem, UT.
November 14-16, 2014: Renfrew Annual Eating Disorders Conference - "The 'Practice' of Practice", Philadelphia, PA.
May 16-17, 2014: Oregon Diabetes Educators Annual Conference: "Supporting the Future", Sun River, OR.
April 24-26, 2014: Binge Eating Disorder Association Annual Conference: "Pathways Toward a Paradigm of Health, Body Acceptance, and Quality of Life", Denver, CO.
March 14, 2014: Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: "Reclaiming the Body", Concord, CA.
January 31-February 1, 2014: Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference: "Helping Patients Change from the Outside In and the Inside Out", Orem, UT.
May 2-3, 2013: Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, Boise, ID.
February 1-2, 2013: Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference: "Eating Disorder Treatment at the Core: Body Image, Self Connection and Identity", Orem, UT.
November 8-10, 2012: Renfrew Annual Eating Disorders Conference - "Exploring Controversy, Building Collaboration", Philadelphia, PA.
June 21, 2012: Helm Publishing Self Study Course: "The Dietitian's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Disease".
March 29-April 1, 2012: Advanced Eating Disorder Boot Camp for Dietitians, Fort Worth, TX.
January 27-28, 2012: Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference: "Creating Success in Recovery: Wise Navigation in the Continuum of Care", Orem, UT.
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