About Kathryn

My Background

I have loved being a mother to my three boys, and fully understand the joys but also the challenges of a busy mom life and just trying to survive. I think of myself as a simple natural homemaker. I see life as a journey and each day as a gift to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. I believe there is no absolute right or wrong with food or breastfeeding, or many other choices, and no one right answer for everyone, but highly individual.

 

In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano or other instruments, birding, traveling, planning parties, playing basketball or soccer, games, gardening, creating new recipes, socializing, reading the Bible or other religious material, and caring for my pet chickens! :)

Professionally, I graduated magna cum laude from Loma Linda University after three years of college in the Chatanooga, Tennessee area, and come from a compassionate approach with a strong background in clinical nutrition. I have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2002, as well as a Certified Dietitian in the State of Washington since 2013. I obtained licensure in Oregon additionally in 2021. I hold a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, and I have also been a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2005. It was my privilege to be appointed as the chair of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee, which is a global initiative to help improve breastfeeding, at the Guam Memorial Hospital where I worked for over 7 years. This included providing inpatient lactation services to patients and providing staff training, as well as 24/7 hotline services for ongoing lactation/breastfeeding issues post-discharge.

 

I have worked as a clinical dietitian as the pediatrics dietitian and covered the PICU, NICU, nursery, L&D, OB, Med-Tele/PCU step-down units, and surgical units. I also developed a Diabetes Self-Management Training Program on Guam and served on the Guam Diabetes Advisory Body. I have had the privilege of giving numerous public lectures on a variety of topics ranging from Food and Mood, Lactation/Breastfeeding, Diabetes, Children's Nutrition, Heart Disease, Physical Activity, Vegetarian Diet, Optimal Diet for Longevity, and numerous other nutrition topics, to many different audiences, both professional and lay. My most recent clinical experience was working at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA. I have also had work with kids 0-5 in both Head Start and ECEAP as well as work experience exclusively in enteral infusion working with babies and special-needs children, as well as adults, many who were fighting cancer.

 

I am passionate about helping people meet THEIR goals with a non-judging approach, and especially enjoy the individual focus time and follow-up that is possible with private practice.

I am a registered dietitian and lactation specialist, but I have had my own journey with health challenges. I did a lot of things wrong. I wish I had known better when I was much younger, but as the saying goes, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today." We learn and grow over time. I am thankful to have learned what I have and how to be well, feel well, and eat without guilt, to get rid of brain fog, and to live to my best potential. I spent most of my career working in hospitals (clinical nutrition), but I longed to help people more than what a one-time quick encounter could accomplish, and while people are so sick they may not even remember the visit.

So I started my private practice in 2017. It was a dream come true for me! I love being able to offer premium services that make life-changing differences for my clients! So many people--especially women and moms--prioritize everyone else first and themselves last. I like to help my clients feel appreciate their own value and invest in themselves! When we feel well, we can more effectively care for and serve others around us. 

I have a home-based office in Kennewick for consults, and also work via video sessions/telehealth. I go to homes or the hospital as needed for people locally, and even in the middle of the night for my lactation clients. I am licensed in Washington and Oregon to better serve the needs of those around me. I offer comprehensive service packages as well as smaller package options depending on your unique situation, whatever it takes to help you reach your goals! I am results-focused and have enjoyed seeing my clients achieve great results and in their words, "get my life back!" It is a joy to see my clients go from being barely able to get out of bed, feeling awful and hardly functioning, to working full time, achieving significant weight loss, better moods, and feeling great! Watching people go from frowns, pain, and misery to energy and smiles is why I am in this career and is extremely rewarding to me.

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