I just love my job. Do you want to know why? Because when I meet parents the process of feeding their kids is beyond unpleasant. They are so sick and tired of the negotiations, bribing and drama around food in their homes. Mealtime is no fun. And this makes parents, especially mothers, very upset. In a matter of an hour, and then a month of follow up support, I am able to transform the way parents think about feeding their kids. With this realization, and behavioral management techniques I teach, kids begin to eat better and meal time behavior improves dramatically. Families become healthier and happier. I doubt there are many more jobs more rewarding then mine.
If you have a picky eater, food allergic, underweight or overweight child, make the appointment to see me. Teaching your kids what and how to eat is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a parent. You want to get it right; I can help you make it happen.
As a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 1998, I spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center working in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. I also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.
I’ve had the honor of presenting at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). I’ve been invited to speak at many MOPS groups (Mothers of Preschoolers) as well as local elementary schools.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center soon after. I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, and the International Lactation Consultant Association.