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Part-Time Instructor, Applied Health Sciences

Health Sciences Campus

  • As a registered dietitian, I have a few different roles, which is one reason I love my profession. I work with Proviso Partners for Health, a community-driven coalition focusing on policy, system, and environmental change. This coalition supported my dream of starting a nonprofit, Real Foods Collective, which mobilizes the power of food, community, and connection. I work in the School Based Health Center at Proviso East providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education and programs to high school students. When not teaching or working, I love cooking for my family and friends and traveling as much as possible!

    Special Interests

    My interest areas include building and supporting equitable food systems and interprofessional education through community based experiential learning. 

    • BS in Nutrition, Bradley University
    • MS in Dietetics, Loyola University Chicago

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    I love teaching in the Parkinson School because of the opportunities to work with and learn from different disciplines, community partners, and organizations. Loyola supports experiential learning opportunities across programs to train public health professionals to work together using evidence based best practices in real-life situations to support community health and disease prevention.

    What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting or important?

    I tell students that this field is exciting because there are so many opportunities and focus areas dietitians can work in, all centered around one of the basic human needs - food. All aspects of dietetics are explored at Loyola, allowing students to discover what area they get excited about in preparation to become registered dietitians.


    What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

    I was called to work at Loyola because of the significant, life changing effect the Loyola Dietetic Internship had on me in 2001. The program shaped my professional career path and strengthened my personal commitment to social justice. I was drawn to the community focused program and Jesuit mission then, and I am honored to continue to share those values with my students now and in the future.