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I combine my knowledge of nutrition and motivational interviewing techniques to facilitate behavior change and in clients pursuing healthy lifestyles and performance goals. I am a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College and hold a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech as well as a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. As an ACE-certified Health Coach with both Monash Low-FODMAP and ISSN Sport Nutritionist certifications, I provide client-centered coaching and consulting telehealth services via Vitamin PhD Nutrition. Additionally, I provide 1-on-1 e-mail coaching with personalized nutrition recommendations through Renaissance Periodization.

As a board member of the Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, I collaborate with a selection of colleagues to guide discussions and change toward best practices in the online nutrition coaching industry.  I believe in the importance of flexible dietary approaches in addition to regular, enjoyable physical activity and cognitive exercises as part of a sustainable lifestyle free from the chronic dieting mindset. When working with individuals experiencing gastric distress, I apply a practical, personalized, and evidence-based approach to modify diet and lifestyle factors which can contribute to improved digestive comfort. I’m proud to have transitioned from years in academia to years as a full-time coach, having guided hundreds of clients (and students!) to their long-term goals. As an assistant professor, I taught a variety of courses related to nutrition for performance and health, physiology, and macronutrient metabolism. In addition to formal training in motivational interviewing and a fellowship in the science of learning and motivation, my experience stems from years of appreciative advising to help undergraduate students identify their unique strengths and obstacles in the pursuit of their academic goals.

In addition to my teaching and mentoring experience, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to share evidence-based recommendations in international seminars, podcasts, and contributions to magazines such as Shape, Oxygen, Reader’s Digest, and InStyle. I am currently completing requirements toward the Registered Dietitian credential as a participant in the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway of the Dietetic Internship Program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time with my dogs, and lifting weights.

Education

PhD – Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2014)

Dissertation Topic: Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Metabolic Dysregulation During High-Fat Feeding

Graduate Certificate—Preparing the Future Professoriate, Virginia Tech (2014)

Graduate Teaching Scholars Fellowship, Virginia Tech (2012-2014)

BS – Exercise, Sport, and Health Education, Radford Virginia (2009)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Georgia Gwinnett College (2014-2018)

Co-Chair, School of Science and Technology Curriculum Committee (2017-2018)

Assessment Coordinator, Exercise Science (2016-2018)

Faculty Co-Chair, Exercise Science (2015-2018)

Faculty Advisor, Kappa Omicron Nu and GGC Lifting (2015-2018)

Instructor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech (2013)

Certifications & Memberships

Nutrition Coaching Global Mastermind, Board Member (2020)

Foundational Motivational Interviewing (2020)

Monash Low-FODMAP Certified (2019)

Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (2018)

Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition (2017)

Current Participant: Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) of the Dietetic Internship Program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2018-Current)

Seminars

UEBC Wireless (May 2020)

CO-FIT 19 (March  2020)

Muscle & Diet MBA (September 2019 & January 2020)

Train8Nine Diet Rumors and Resolutions, Miami, Florida (November 2019)

Renaissance Periodization Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 2019)

SDSC Dublin Seminar, Dublin, Ireland (October 2019)

Train True Official Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Seoul, South Korea (September 2019)

European Powerlifting Conference, London, England (August 2019)

Ultimate Evidence-Based Conference (UEBC), Melbourne, Australia (June 2019)

Physique Code Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Perth, Australia (June 2019)

JPS Education Seminar, Melbourne, Australia (June 2019)

Warrior Performance Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Sydney, Australia (June 2019)

Valhalla Strength Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Brisbane, Australia (June 2019)

Anytime Fitness Enoggera Renaissance Periodization Seminar, Brisbane, Australia (June 2019)

Revive Stronger & Renaissance Periodization Seminar, London, England (May 2019)

Stronger Experts Series, New York, New York (April 2019)

Kentucky NSCA Strength & Conditioning Conference, Standford, Kentucky (April 2019)

Evidence-Based Personal Training Summit, Helsinki, Finland (March 2019)

Renaissance Periodization Israel Seminar: Program Design and Nutrition, Tel Aviv, Israel (January 2019)

Juggernaut Training Systems Seminar, Newport Beach, California (October 2018)

Teaching Experience

Nutrition in Health and Exercise

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Introduction to Exercise Science

Introduction to Foods, Nutrition and Exercise

Metabolic Nutrition

Training Experience

3rd place, 57kg (Raw Open), USAPL Georgia State Championships (2018)

Best Female Lifter, USAPL Atlanta Winter Smash (2018)

5th Place, 63kg (Raw LW), USAPL 5 Bar Showdown (2017)

1st Place, Open Class A, Women’s Physique, Lee Haney Games (2015)

Additional experience in gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, climbing, and numerous 5K-10-mile trail running events