My path to becoming a health coach was long and winding, but as I think back on it, everything that came before has only made me more ready for it now! I've always been a science nerd at heart, and majored in Zoology/Biology at Miami University in OH. After college I worked in Research and Development for Procter and Gamble, but eventually landed in a clinical research position with a company called Medpace, where I traveled and worked on pharmaceutical studies for 8 years.
I've always been interested in trying to live and eat "healthy", but when I was younger, I wasn't educated on it, and what I ate was with an inappropriate end goal of looking a certain way (olestra and Diet Coke anyone?!), instead of focusing on how I felt and whether what I put in my body was actually fueling me.
As time went on, I learned more and more about nutrition and just how important it is, for so many reasons. During my years working in the clinical research industry, I saw firsthand that many people were reliant on medications to control their diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and many other common health issues plaguing Americans today. In many of the studies I worked on, patients would partake in a "dietary lead-in" where they followed a basic TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, and I observed that many had incremental improvements in their diagnosed conditions, some to the point where they no longer qualified for the investigational trial. It got me thinking about how what we eat can affect our health in so many ways.
After leaving the clinical research industry, I finally decided to follow my heart and passion, and enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I completed training to become a certified health coach. At IIN, I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I finally feel like I am following a true passion and I hope to share it with you!