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 gut health and skeletal muscle metabolism. That year, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College where I teach sport nutrition, introductory exercise science courses, and anatomy and physiology. In 2017 I became certified as a sport nutritionist (CISSN) with the International Society of Sports Nutrition. That was the year I began one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, joining Renaissance Periodization as a nutrition coach. I’ve coached a multitude of men and women to their performance and aesthetic goals, from Crossfit competitions to obstacle course races and enhanced muscle definition. I take a holistic approach to coaching, encouraging changes that benefit not just performance and appearance, but mental and emotional health.
Over the past decade, I’ve dabbled in quite a few sports, running the gamut of endurance to power. 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 bodybuilding and powerlifting, having won two bench press competitions hosted by local universities.
During graduate school, I competed in nearly a dozen trail races throughout the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where I ran countless miles. In 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! Later that year, 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.
In 2017 I shifted my focus to powerlifting, and competed three times in six months in two weight classes, even winning Best Female Lifter in my second meet. I worked hard to cut weight while increasing my strength, and I plan to compete again this year with an even better total!
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, lifting weights, visiting museums, volunteering, and spending time with my dogs and cats.