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My love for food has been with me since before I can remember. My parents have always told me that when I was young, I would go over to my neighbor’s garden and pick green peppers off the vine and eat them like an apple. I started playing t-ball/softball as a child and played through high school. I also picked up gymnastics during high school and fell in love with the bars. Unfortunately, two injuries in high school put me on the sidelines. I went into college playing softball and gymnastics for fun and wanting to become an accountant. It wasn’t until my second semester in college that I heard the term “dietitian”. I immediately decided to switch my major and pursue a career where I could utilize my passions for food and sport.
After graduating, I accepted a job as a cook working in McCallum Place’s kitchens at the residential and outpatient levels of care. I knew I wanted to work more closely with clients and took a role as a dietary assistant at another eating disorder facility at all levels of care. I went on to complete my dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota in coordination with The Emily Program. Upon passing my exam to become a registered dietitian, I worked at several eating disorder, mental health, and substance abuse facilities in Southern California. Most recently I worked at Monte Nido and Affiliates in their PHP and IOP programs. Altogether, I have roughly 7 years of experience working with those struggling with disordered eating and negative body image. I am thrilled to join Gray Area Nutrition to continue supporting others in healing their relationship with food and their bodies!
When I am not supporting others in their recovery journeys, I enjoy cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with my husband and dog. As a military spouse, I recognize the struggles that come along with a constantly changing lifestyle. That being said, one of the best things about moving around is getting to try all the fun foods from those areas!
I am in my final semester of my master’s degree, expected December 2021, and am working on obtaining my Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) credential. Sarah explains the CEDRD credentials well as, “a person [who] has routine education fine-tuning their nutrition education skills for eating disorder recovery as well as having access to education into the medical and therapy side of recovery”.
I practice with a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach as well as utilizing the intuitive eating principles. In short, this means that I focus on an individual’s behaviors and body signals rather than letting numbers (calories, weight, etc.) or outside influences (diet culture, friends, family, acquaintances, etc.) affect the care I provide others.