What is your role at Capernaum?
I am a registered dietitian and see patients for a variety of needs including: food allergies and intolerances, failure to thrive/underweight, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose/fructose intolerance (FODMAP elimination diet/low FODMAP), pre-diabetes/insulin resistance, tube feeding (including home-made blended formula), and vegetarian/vegan diet.
Why did you choose to become a therapist?
Simply put, I love people and nutrition! The complexities of how food fuels our minds and bodies, as well as its cultural significance, are fascinating to me. I especially love childhood feeding dynamics and how food habits are developed. Bridging people to their health needs and goals through nutrition is a journey I feel honored to be a trusted part of.
Schooling and background.
I graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Biology and Health and Human Performance and then from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Nutrition. I completed my dietetic internship with experiences that further propelled my interests in pediatric nutrition and community health. Following my internship, I was employed at Children’s Hospital where I acquired significant training in pediatric nutrition and counseling. Then, in 2015, I started a dual role with HealthPartners Amery Hospital and Clinic as a community health coordinator and outpatient dietitian. This is a role that I currently maintain but that has transitioned to community health program manager for HealthPartners Lakeview Hospital.
What made you desire to become a Capernaum team member?
In my previous dietitian role at Children’s Hospital, I fell in love with pediatric nutrition counseling, particularly in the feeding clinic setting. I love the team approach to addressing childhood feeding concerns, including tube feeding weaning and feeding dynamics, and the opportunity to do this again at Capernaum was a huge draw for me.
What is something you look forward to working at Capernaum?
I am looking forward to being a part of growing a tube optimization program with such potential to positively affect kids and families in an enormous way.
What’s your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?
The perfect afternoon would include something outdoors (on the river or in the woods), cooking and enjoying a delicious new recipe, tinkering with a sewing project, reading a cooking or nutrition magazine on the deck with a cup of tea, and ending with board games.