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 crunchy 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.
Professionally, I come from a compassionate approach with a strong background in clinical nutrition and have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2002, as well as a Certified Dietitian in the State of Washington. I recently obtained licensure in Oregon also. I have also been a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2005. I chaired 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, and provided 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, where we lived for 10 years, 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 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 outpatient work.