I grew up in a family with a deep appreciation for health, which inspired my own interest in healthy living. In high school, as I was exploring "what I wanted to be when I grew up," I was able to find a career that incorporated the things I love: health, helping people and, of course, good food.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, in 2005. I then completed my internship, a requirement to become a registered dietitian, at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During that time I had the amazing opportunity to intern at CTCA in Tulsa. I saw firsthand the impact nutrition can have on a patient's well-being.
In 2008, I started my career as a program coordinator at the Indian Healthcare Resource Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While leading a grant on child and youth diabetes, I worked with children at risk of developing diabetes. Through that experience, I realized that I wanted to help patients on a deeper level.
I began working at CTCA in 2009. I served as the Diabetes Program Coordinator during my first two years. Since then, I have enjoyed guiding patients with nutrition support to help them make lifestyle changes and manage their symptoms after treatment.
While at CTCA, I continued my studies to become a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. This education has allowed me to better serve our patients.
I am passionate about improving patients' quality of life through the simple components of nutrition and activity. These strategies apply to everyone, not just patients with cancer. I believe that everyone can make changes to prevent cancer.
I look forward to contributing useful information to help people undergoing treatment and those who are not. I LOVE food and hope to share some great healthy ideas with you, as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!