My journey to become a dietitian began over 20 years ago when I saw a Naturopath for my own gastrointestinal (GI) issues. I learned the power of healing through food, coupled with specific supplementation. When our daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease and other food intolerances in 2009, I was prepared to make anything I could to help her experience the same foods her friends could. I began creating my own recipes for things like donuts, graham crackers, pizza crust, etc. Realizing the need for these allergy friendly products in the local community, I founded Soodles Bake Shop in 2011. The bakery was a tremendous success, but I had some nagging health problems that needed my attention. I sold the bakery in 2016, allowing me to focus on the health of myself, as well as my family. In 2017, I made the decision to go back to school and fulfill my long-time dream of becoming a registered dietitian.
While in school, a peer introduced me to nutrigenomics. At the time, I wasn’t exactly sure how genes played into the food equation, but I was excited to explore. Through extensive training, I learned what a game changer nutritional genetic testing can be for patients. Personally, I learned my body is unable to make enough choline on a daily basis. Adding this simple nutrient reduced by psoriatic arthritis joint pain by 75%! Nutrigenomics knowledge is power, and now an essential tool for optimizing the health of all my patients.
I look forward to meeting you and partnering on your health journey!
Fun Facts About Me
I’ve been married for over 20 years to my husband, Adam. We are high school sweethearts, as were both of our parents. Together we have two daughters, now in their sophomore and senior years of high school.
Dogs were my first career and are now a hobby for me. I'm partial to the giant breeds, and we’ve owned many over the years including a Newfoundland, St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mix, Lurcher (Greyhound & Coonhound), and my favorite, Irish Wolfhounds. The photo to the left captures an unexpected moment with our Irish Wolfhounds, Finian (on left) and Claire (on right).
When I’m not hanging with the dogs, you can find me crafting, reading, practicing yoga or Pilates, meditating, zip lining, vacationing at the ocean, or spending time with family.
Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
Capella University, Master of Business Administration
Otterbein College, Equine Science Health Technology
Columbus State Community College, Veterinary Technology
My Certifications & Training
Monash University Low FODMAP Certified