I actually started out wanting to be a nurse.
Growing up I spent a decent amount of time in the healthcare setting due to a genetic disorder. I had frequent broken bones and back problems, and I REALLY started to fear hospitals.
But each time I needed care, there were nurses who went above and beyond to cheer me up and make me feel comfortable. So, when I graduated high school, I thought becoming a nurse would be a great way to “pay it forward.”
I went to Missouri State University to pursue a nursing degree initially. One of my required classes was “Introduction to Nutrition,” and I fell in love with it! I was amazed at the impact that nutrition could have on preventing chronic diseases.
That's when it clicked for me! I still hated hospitals, so why not become a dietitian and spend my career keeping people out of them? I couldn't do much about my own condition, but there were people all around me who were suffering from preventable diseases. Nutrition could be part of the answer!
So, I quickly changed my major to dietetics and had no regrets. I later completed my internship and master's program at Cox College in Springfield, Missouri. It was during my master's program that I discovered a passion for nutrition research.
Since becoming an RD, I've worked in private practice, started a blog, and now I work as a research assistant for Erica.
I'm still looking for my niche, but I LOVE researching and writing about nutrition!
- Due to my genetic disorder, my scleras are pale blue instead of white.
- Ice cream is my weakness, and my favorite flavor is a tie between peppermint or mint cookies & cream.
- My initials used to spell my first name, but then my husband had to go and ruin that 😉
- In my free time, I like to play acoustic guitar, especially John Mayer songs.
- I live in Springfield, Missouri which is known for Springfield-style cashew chicken.