Aside from my credentials, there are a few pieces of personal information that I share openly. I am a cancer survivor; I weathered the storm and have been cancer free for 12 years. I understand and have lived through my own personal health crisis. In addition, a few years ago, an osteoporosis diagnosis led to the discovery that I have celiac disease. I have had to tailor my own diet and create solutions for myself. I am passionate about finding creative winning solutions for you.
I have always been fascinated by fitness and nutrition. As a teen, eating pizza, ice cream and my favorite UTZ potato chips, my weight started to climb. Early on I decided this was not a path I wanted to live. I had to take matters into my own hands and I chose to start educating myself by purchasing a calorie book (no internet in the 1980s!). I studied the book and portion sizes and slowly figured out what worked for me. At the same time, I started running with my parents. I opted to major in Dietetics at the University of Maryland – this was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I fell into a field that I love that returns dividends on the investment in health and wellness not only for me, but for my family and now my clients.
After University of Maryland, I decided to pursue my Master’s in Nutrition at New York Medical College. I did a 6-month work experience at White Plains Hospital and then successfully passed my RD exam. I was finally a Registered Dietitian.
After a small stint as a hospital dietitian, I took a job with a major food service and vending company. I stayed in the food service arena for 32 years. During this time, I gained kitchen skills and training I never dreamed I would experience. There were weeklong trainings at the Culinary Institute of America NY and Greystone and customer service training at the Disney Institute. I traveled the country learning from award-winning chefs. What I did not realize at the time is how much the chefs also gained from my nutrition perspective.
My last project was at the National Institutes of Health. My mission was to make healthy food delicious and popular. I successfully collaborated with NIH chefs for over 15 years to make substantial and impactful changes to provide fresh, delicious and healthy food to the NIH campus. In addition, I had the privilege to work with the Institutes on programing for our customers. This was life changing and gave me a new appreciation for food and the limitless possibilities where food expertise can change the way you feel, look, and impact your health and achieve happiness.
My ultimate objective is to use my depth and breadth of experience and boil it down to simple and easy solutions for my clients, linking it to health, wellness, and happiness.
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