Originally, my plan was to become an occupational therapist (OT) after my grandfather experienced a stroke and suffered numerous complications. I witnessed his transformation undergoing occupational therapy, and the independence he gained from it. This inspired me to want to help others.
However, changes in the OT program caused me to pursue a new major. After doing research on causes of stroke, I found that food and lifestyle choices had a significant impact, so I chose to explore the field of dietetics. Once I got into my nutrition courses, I realized that I could be the one to help people in the community, like my grandfather, by teaching proper nutrition . I could show them how to prevent and treat certain diseases, like strokes, by making simple, but lasting lifestyle changes.
I began my journey in nutrition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in 2013 as a hostess in Nutritional Services. While completing my BS in Dietetics and Nutrition, I continued working at ACH until graduating in 2014. The experience at ACH was a very rewarding one, plus I worked under the supervision of registered dietitians and as part of a multi-disciplinary team: doctors nurses, and others. In January 2015, I began working on my Master's degree and was accepted into the Dietetic Internship at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) . The community based internship provided invaluable experience, specifically in counseling and public education.
After successfully completing the Dietetic Internship and Master's degree, I began working as a Clinical Dietitian at Baptist Health Medical Center. There, I have spent the last 2 years working with patients with a wide variety of medical diagnoses: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, amputation, paralysis, and more. Working with a interdisciplinary team to help patients set realistic health goals, I have helped many patients take control of their nutrition and change their health.
In 2018, I became a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT), and help others identify food sensitivities while building a plan to resolve symptoms of inflammation: IBS, migraines, fibromyalgia, and more. 2019 brought everything full circle, as I begin the adventure into private practice, helping people lose weight, manage diabetes, lower cholesterol, and improve overall health!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family; my husband, Caden, and my baby boy, Wyatt. I also love being outside, shopping, and playing with my niece and nephews!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, or when you are ready to take control of your health. I look forward to meeting you soon!