Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) – American Nutrition Association
The CNS credential, as overseen by the American Nutrition Association, requires a graduate-level degree, passing a rigorous and comprehensive exam on the nutrition care process, and completing a 1,000 hour supervised internship in clinical nutrition.
Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics – Bastyr University
The master’s program at Bastyr University is comprised of an evidence-based curriculum that includes but is not limited to coursework in advanced biochemistry, pathology, nutrition assessment and therapy, supplementation, bioactives, nutrigenomics, and the gut microbiota. Additionally, my education included clinical rotations in the Bastyr Center for Natural Health applying medical nutrition therapy for everything from chronic gastrointestinal conditions to autoimmune diseases to women’s health issues to diabetes. I also gained a foundation in herbal medicine making and culinary applications for therapeutic herbs.
Before my FORMAL training in nutrition…
I was already working with food and health professionally! Before earning my Master’s, I was lucky enough to work in a variety of roles where I got to celebrate the both the culinary and health properties of foods and herbs.
One of these was my position on the faculty and staff at a health-supportive culinary school that trained professional chefs to cook for prevention and management of common chronic diseases. It was during this time that I truly discovered the amazing healing capacity of foods. Following that, I was a culinary coordinator at a market in Seattle. My professional experience in the culinary world was reinforced by in-depth education in therapeutic cooking at Bastyr. Because of my culinary background, I greatly enjoy translating nutritional recommendations into delicious and practical meals for others.