Registered and Licensed Dietitian (RD/LD)
I am a registered dietitian, not be to confused with a nutritionist. I went to college for 5 years, and I passed all of the necessary exams to become a registered dietitian. I have yearly continuing education to keep me updated on medical nutrition therapy, nutrition in Eating Disorders recovery and I continue to learn about medical complications related to ED as well as new psycho-therapies involved in recovery.
A nutritionist could be someone who took a weekend course at the local community college.
My entry into the world of nutrition happened after much searching and a few changes in majors. I spent the first 3 semesters of college bouncing around from Elementary Education to Speech Pathology to Undecided. It was strongly suggested that I pick a major, so I chose nutrition. After graduation I worked in gyms, nursing homes, ENT floor, outpatient diabetes center etc. and I didn’t find the right fit. In the back of my head I kept hearing “eating disorders” being whispered to me.
In 1999, my husband and I moved across the country to Arizona. A job at Sierra Tucson opened up just after we moved in. I applied, got the job, and never looked back. Since then, my life’s work has been nutrition therapy for eating disorder recovery. I am currently licensed to work with clients in Missouri and in Illinois.
Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian- Supervisor (CEDRD-S).
Being a CEDRD-S means I have advanced expertise and proficiency in the field of eating disorders. I was the 2nd dietitian in the Midwest to earn the credential. When searching for the right dietitian for you, you don't need to work with a dietitian who has a CEDRD. There are highly qualified dietitians without this credential so don't dismiss a possible team member without asking pointed, direct questions about their expertise in eating disorders nutrition recovery. Not all dietitians are the same and the best person for you may take some time to find. Reach out and ask questions.
However, a CEDRD credential will promise that the knowledge base of the dietitian is extensive, focused and eating disorder specific. A person with a CEDRD has routine education fine-tuning their nutrition education skills for eating disorder recovery.
Being a CEDRD-S indicates a dietitian has shown such a strong proficiency in this field she she is able to offer supervision, also known as mentorship, to other dietitians or therapists who want to learn more about eating disorders recovery.
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
As a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I have been trained and certified by the founders of Intuitive Eating to use the Intuitive Eating principles. I use this education to help people find peace with food and create a healthy relationship with their mind and body again.
Health At Every Size (HAES® ) Expert
As a HAES expert, I have taken the Health At Every Size pledge to practice and advocate for: size inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being, and life-enhancing movement. Check out the Association for Size Diversity's statement of the HAES® Principles here.
Chair of the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group (BHN DPG)
As Chair of this organization, I bring awareness about eating disorders to dietitians whether they work in this field or not. I work with like minded dietitians to increase the amount nutrition resources available. This is a group for dietitians who are interested/practice in the field of behavioral health, eating disorders, addictions and intellectual development disorders.
Secretary of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), St. Louis chapter
I hold the executive position of Secretary for the Missouri St. Louis IAEDP chapter. The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) is the premier organization that brings together eating disorder professionals.
The view from your seat in my office.
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What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite place/comfort place?
What is your favorite weather?
Do you have any secret skills?
What are your favorite activities?
So...where is your favorite place to hike, then?
Read or listen to books?
Sweet or Savory?
Fruity candy or chocolate candy?
Mountains or beaches?
Dog or cat?
Movie night in or date-night out?
Dressing up or casual comfy?