My goal is to make wellness accessible to everyone at any age. My specialty is as a dietitian supporting people with various learning styles of all ages and stages. I have a background in health literacy and experience supporting people with unique learning styles - such as individuals with special needs of all ages and stages.
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Behavioral Health Nutrition Excellence in Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Dr. Linda Pollack Award, Central Florida Down Syndrome Association. Meritorious Service Award, National Down Syndrome Congress.
I became my own version of a “foodie” when I was four or five years old – with the gift of an Easy Bake Oven. I chose to become a registered dietitian 25 years ago. When I started college, I didn’t know the degree existed. I get to play with food, connect with people, and make a difference. I became involved in issues related to people with Down syndrome and related disabilities 22 years ago with the birth of my son. As we all know, parents of kids with disabilities are involved in the big picture immediately – like it or not! I chose to work in the field of nutrition/health promotion for people with Down syndrome 16 years ago. It’s a choice I’ve not regretted. Today, I focus my work on coaching all individuals and their families to create quality lives, and quality health with a community vision. Including, but not limited to famlies of and individuals with intellectual and deveopmental disabilities. Here’s a snapshot of my academic and professional experiences that have led me to launch. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Kansas State University. In 1995, I became the editor of Disability Solutions: A Resource for Families and Others Interested in Down Syndrome and Related Disabilities. It changed my life professionally and personally. I began researching and implementing nutrition practices that incorporated the best practices published in Disability Solutions through workshops and individual experiences with people with Down syndrome. These experiences led me to focus on evidence-based best practices based in a way that is easy-to-understand and put to use.