I earned PhD and Masters degrees in Health Education/Health Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin, where I focused on obesity treatment/prevention, and more specifically, nutrition-related behaviors. I completed my postdoctoral training at Cornell University in food psychology. I have a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas Tech University, and I am an American College of Sports Medicine-certified Health Fitness Instructor. Most recently, I completed a Plant-Based Nutrition Certification through Cornell. With over 18 years of experience in the health/wellness field, I bring a unique perspective given my background in industry, healthcare, and academia.
I currently reside in Austin, TX (aka my soul city) and spend my time reading (about 1.5 pages in bed each night before I fall asleep), laughing (I am easily amused), preparing food (might be a stretch to call it "cooking," but always infused with positive energy), listening (to music, podcasts, and people!), and connecting (with nature, myself, loved ones, and strangers). While my preferred activities include running, walking, biking, swimming, boxing, and yoga-ing, I am on hiatus from these as I recoup from some recent health issues. I'm relearning to play the piano and enjoy my volunteer work with Divine Canines, a therapy dog organization.