As a medical nutritionist and diabetes educator with over 20 years experience, I focus on metabolic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and much more. Using self-compassion and kindness, I guide individuals and groups to discover the roots of their health concerns, which often times have a nutrition base. With these roots uncovered, we create a roadmap for improved health.
I believe that each person is an expert of his or her own life. My philosophy is to guide clients without judgement or pressure - always on your own terms.
I think good health is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece represents a different part of a person's life - including medical history, daily life, and personal preferences. Once we identify the pieces, we can then put them together and see the big picture. At that point, I can offer suggestions and guidelines that really fit the individual. I work collaboratively with other providers as part of a client's healthcare team.
My philosophy is summed up in the Gentle Steps, which I've created as a guide for living a life a wholeness.
Licenses, Certifications, & Memberships
- Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD or RDN) - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the following practice group memberships: Diabetes Care and Education, Functional and Integrative Nutrition, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
- Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) - American Association of Diabetes Educators
- Licensed Dietitian (LD) - Oregon
- Bachelor of Science, Clinical Nutrition - Oregon State University
What's in the name, 3 Peaches Nutrition?
While growing up in Southeast Portland, I had an old peach tree in my backyard. The tree gave few peaches, but they were as big as grapefruits. In late summer, my two best friends and I would climb the tree and pick the most delicious peaches right off of the branch, savoring every bite. These fruits would be sweet, juicy, and warm from the sun. I named my business "3 Peaches Nutrition & Diabetes Coaching" with the conviction that nutrition changes for improved health should be as delicious as August peaches. This philosophy is what I offer to my clients.
Many different paths converged before I realized that nutrition and diabetes coaching would be my calling. I had always been captivated by the sophisticated yet unseen forces that govern the world around us. But it took me years to tie together my interests and values.
I studied ferociously, soaking in unique perspectives from differing schools of thought all over the world. As an undergrad at World College West and Oregon State University, I studied an eclectic mix of biology, microbiology, botany, herbology, and acupuncture, while also exploring various spiritual and meditative approaches to wellness and healing. But no individual course or experience resonated. I could see that the merits and limitations of both western and eastern medicinal approaches. But keeping the two profoundly separate puzzled me greatly.
It wasn't until I was awarded a scholarship to study acupuncture at the Reiji Instutite of Natural Medicine in Kyoto, Japan that I started to recognize how I could forge a holistic approach to health that weighed both western and eastern approaches. I decided to turn down the generous scholarship and set aside medical school, naturopathic school, and chiropractic school aspirations. After many trials and tribulations, unrelated quests, and unexpected life turns, I found my home in nutritional health. A health discipline that is both a science and an art.
Finally, In 1998, after many years of working as an outpatient educator and nutritionist for a local hospital, I had the distinct privilege of founding Three Peaches Nutrition. It brings me great joy to apply my background, experience, and philosophy into a unique and holistic practice that has consistently improved my patients' quality of life in subtle and profound ways.