I graduated with a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education in 2009. In 2014, I earned my PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech where I studied the role of probiotics on skeletal muscle metabolism. That year, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College where I teach sport nutrition and anatomy and physiology. I’ve dabbled in quite a few sports since the age of 19. As an undergraduate, I was an avid climber, working as a climbing instructor with the Boy Scouts of America. That was also the period of time during which I discovered my love for weightlifting and powerlifting, having won two competitions hosted by local universities. During graduate school, I competed in numerous trail races throughout the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In April 2015 I competed in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition after roughly six months of training, and while I didn’t win, I learned a great deal about pushing myself to the limit! In October 2015, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition at the Lee Haney Games where I won first place in the Open Class A of the women’s physique division. I recently placed 5th at Team Rohr’s 5 Bar Showdown, which was my first powerlifting meet in a decade! I began coaching with Renaissance Periodization in June. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, lifting weights, visiting museums, volunteering, and spending time with my dogs and cats.