I’m a West Coast girl, through and through. My youth was split between the PNW and So. Cal and in 1989 I moved to Seattle after graduating from Brush Prairie High School near Vancouver, WA. I am gleefully married to an Ohio native and mom to a twenty-four year old daughter who is talented beyond belief.
My journey into a nutrition and wellness career came from a love of food born from my grandparents’ kitchens and gardens, working in restaurants and a desire to connect with and serve community (a family tradition of sorts).
I began my education to become a nurse, worked as a nursing assistant in a hospital and quickly realized that I wanted to help people stay on the other side of health. I continued to work full time in health-care while I finished my pre-requisites for the nutrition program at Bastyr University where I eventually earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition. During this time, I took a farm culinary workshop at Quillisascut Farm which deepened my commitment to local food and the power of community and ignited my passion to cook and cook a lot. I later went on to get certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association.
When you start learning about health and the physiology of the body, you start leaning about yourself too. My education in nutrition prompted me on a journey of self-discovery that uncovered a ton of ignored symptoms that I’d had for years. Anxiety was the recurrent theme, but I’d grown up with a depressed mom and a dad with anxiety, so my own experiences had paled in comparison. My normal was tinged with anxiety but I was unaware.
I went decades without realizing that anxiety was driving my blood sugar regulation, creating hormone imbalances, contributing to migraines, producing food cravings, affecting my mental health/brain fog, promoting weight gain and creating overall inflammation. Finally understanding the signs from my body and responding to these messages has changed my life.
After living in Seattle for twenty-five years I now live on a small farm in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with my husband, three cats, four dogs, three goats and twelve chickens. It's a dreamy place where I can grow my own food and cook until my heart’s content.