GET TO KNOW ME
I'm a Saint Louis native with an undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition from Tufts University.
I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a soon-to-be Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), and I practice from a size-affirming lens. My work is informed by components of Health at Every Size (HAES), Intuitive Eating, and feminism. I've been a dietitian for over a decade and I have extensive experience working in higher levels of care with adolescents and adults seeking care for eating disorders. I recently left a supervisory role at Eating Recovery Center, where I was integral in shaping their nutrition program for binge eating disorder.
Like so many clinicians, I was drawn to eating disorders through my own fraught relationship with food. I now identify as a person in recovery, and have a deep sense of gratitude for the “problem” that so profoundly shaped my life. I am passionate about dismantling diet culture, re-centering joy and pleasure in eating, and changing cultural narratives that breed body shame and disconnection.
In session, I center my client’s unique experience and apply strengths-based approaches to support recovery and empowerment. My approach is warm, accessible, and trauma-informed. I integrate strategies from a variety of therapeutic modalities to support behavior change, with a fondness for Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and body-based strategies. Additionally, I regularly incorporate Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) into recovery work, and have spoken at major eating disorder conferences and professional meetings on the topic.
I am also the mama of two very busy little kiddos. Off the clock, I relish in playing with them, slow jogging, sipping coffees, and watching good TV. I have a history of determined attempts to keep house plants, worm-composting bins, and backyard bees, but unfortunately none of the aforementioned survived. I now spend my time enjoying the look and convenience of artificial house plants and store-bought honey. Donuts are my favorite thing to eat, especially old-fashioned ones paired with a latte.
"Food is personal, and it takes courage to talk about it. I am interested in cultivating more brave space for us to talk about the food and body issues that matter most to you. Together, we can change a lot."
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