Unlike Ann who claims to be a Southern girl, I am not sure what I am. My family is from the Mid-West, I was born and raised on the sunny beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and now I live in Atlanta, Georgia. So, I am not sure what that makes me other than a Mid-Southern girl.
I love to hang out with my three young children and super easy-going husband. My two favorite parts of my day with my family are in the morning when I give each of them a “morning hug” and in the evening when one of them sits on my lap after dinner (with usually a little fighting over who that is going to be)!
I find it important to keep a sense of who I am as a person outside of my children. I am able to weave a nice balance of nutrition and fitness into every aspect of my life. I am an avid road cyclist and swimmer throw in some weights and yoga for good measure. A good Sunday ride with friends is one of the highlights of my week. I am also one of those crazy people who wakes up at the wee hours of the morning to workout. As a indoor cycling instructor, putting my music lists together is one of my favorite activities and keeps me young at heart! I am constantly on the hunt for new music so if you know of any good tunes, send them my way. I am an All American member of the USA Triathlon team and nationally ranked (#3) in my age-group for Aquabike (swim and bike) racing. I have completed all distance triathlons, including Ironman Wisconsin.
I am currently a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist but my professional story began in the corporate world of business. After majoring in Economics at Vanderbilt University, I moved to Sydney, Australia (yippee!!) to open the Australian office of a Florida-based swimming pool and spa manufacturer selling swimming pool heating pumps.
During my two years in Sydney, I saw firsthand the difference between the large, oftentimes processed American diet, and the fresh, moderately sized portions of Aussie cuisine. As a result my interest in wellness began to take form. When I returned to the United States, I attended Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta where I received her MBA in marketing strategy. Upon graduating, I began working at GMAC Insurance but dreamt of following my life-long interest of helping others pursue healthier lives through exercise and nutrition.
With encouragement from my husband, I went back to school to receive my masters in health sciences with a focus on dietetics. While earning my degree, I was awarded the Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year award from the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2009, my master’s thesis titled “Temporal changes in trying to lose weight and recommended weight-loss strategies among overweight and obese Americans” was published in Preventive Medicine
I am currently Past-President of the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have served on the board in a variety of positions since 2006. I am a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the following dietetic practice groups: Sports Cardiovascular, and Wellness, and Nutrition Entrepreneurs.
As President of Balanced Nutrition, LLC, my private practice includes helping individuals and families who are interested in weight management and wellness for children and adults, sports nutrition, and vegan and vegetarian lifestyles and more. I also work with businesses interested in corporate wellness programs.
I am part-time instructor at Georgia State University teaching nutrition courses to our future nurses and dietitian nutritionists.