The Full Story
It was clear that nutrition was my calling from an early age – I began cooking dinner for my family at eight years old and sat at the edge of my seat in biology courses. This interest in food and the human body blossomed and slowly shifted how I approached taking care of myself as I navigated adolescence with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Around the same time, I was becoming frustrated by the lack of tools and treatments available to help manage symptoms like chronic joint pain, digestive discomfort, fatigue, and lethargy that were everyday obstacles to leading a normal life. I began to apply what I was learning about nutrition and the human body to my own life and discovered how life changing it can be, even for people like me who have minimal pharmaceutical or treatment options available.
After finding complete relief from the chronic stomachaches I suffered with for years and seeing improvements in joint pain and energy levels, I knew I wanted to help others accomplish the same. It was clear to me that becoming a Registered Dietitian would be the best and most fulfilling way to help people like me feel better. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, then pursued a coordinated graduate program at Dominican University where I earned a Masters in Business Administration and completed 1200 hours of supervised practice as a Dietetic Intern. A portion of my dietetic internship was dedicated to practicing under a Registered Dietitian who specializes in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Mast Cell Disease.
As a Registered Dietitian, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to share my evidence-based expertise and personal experience with my patients and help fellow bendy folks find relief from their symptoms.