Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University with honors and a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. My graduate research resulted in several publications in peer reviewed journals. I worked as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over seven years. My work at NIH was in the field of epigenetics – the study of how the environment affects gene expression.
With an interest in maintaining optimal health, I began investigating how nutrition plays a role in our gene expression (how well our body works to stay healthy). I furthered my nutrition knowledge as a scientific researcher at an Integrative Health Practice for over five years. Here I investigated the scientific literature making connections on how food and supplements can heal the body.
I am a Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and I continue to stay updated on the latest nutrition trends by attending Nutrigenomic and Integrative Health Conferences. I am passionate about helping individuals maximize their health whether it is a high level athlete looking to optimize their performance or an individual wanting to improve their overall energy and fitness.
I am a recipient of the Department of Commerce 2007 Silver Medal for Leadership and I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I fuel my passions by working out, enjoying nature, traveling and spending time with my husband and son.