Hi, I’m Diana!
I’m a registered dietitian, a mom of two and and New Yorker-turned-Oklahoman. My passion is your family’s relationship with food. I am so lucky to have grown up with a peaceful relationship with food myself and I use these skills to help you break free of whatever stressors your family faces that stop you from enjoying a positive, beneficial, healthy relationship with food.
Some Fun Facts About Me:
- I really love mayonnaise on my hamburgers
- I don’t carry a purse
- My favorite food is tacos
- I once worked for O the Oprah Magazine
- I take my coffee with cream and no sugar
- I do my own manicures
- I’d take the beach over the mountains any day
- I had no intention of running a private practice when I became a dietitian, but here I am and it’s the most fulfilling work I can imagine!
I am a Health at Every Size (HAES®) provider and an anti-diet dietitian. This means that I do not view your or your child’s weight as a problem or something within our power to actively change through non-disordered behaviors. You can learn more about this approach here.
I haven’t always used this approach. I became a dietitian after working in media for several years because I wanted to “fight the childhood ob*s*ty epidemic” and teach kids about making healthy choices.
But my journalism training taught me to always rely on credible evidence. And my training to become a dietitian taught me to understand scientific research and evaluate it with a critical eye. As my career in nutrition has progressed, I came to understand that there really is not strong evidence that weight equals health and that the pursuit of weight loss is ineffective. Moreover, striving to make our bodies smaller generally wreaks havoc on our relationships with food – and protecting that relationship is my number one priority.
Dieting (or witnessing a parent diet) is a major predictor of eating disorders. Elevating some bodies as better than others marginalizes those in bigger bodies. I won’t participate in perpetuating a system that has so much potential for harm.
About My Work
Although many dietitians specialize in either adult work or pediatrics, for me, I can’t separate the two. Too many times, when I’m working with a parent on their concerns about their child’s eating, I realize how much the parent’s own relationship with food weighs on them and the feeding dynamics in their household. And when I’m working with adults, I see how incredibly important it is to them to set a positive example for their kids.
Our children will learn the majority of what they know about food and trusting their bodies from us, so I treat families as a unit in order to help parents and children develop a healthy relationship with food together.
Because the interdependence of our own and our children’s relationship with food is at the core of my work. I’ve pursued additional training to support this specialty, including:
- Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor – The Original Intuitive Eating Pros (in progress)
- ARFID for Dietitians – EDRD Pro (2021)
- Responsive Feeding Therapy 2020 Conference – Responsive Feeding Therapy (2020)
- SOS Approach to Feeding Training Conference – STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (2019)
- Certified Lactation Educator Counselor – University of California San Diego (2018)
- Member, International Baby-Led Weaning Network of Health Professionals (2018 – present)
- Body Kindness Mentorship Program – Rebecca Scritchfield (2017)
And here’s where I went to school:
- Dietetic Internship – Cedar Crest College (2013)
- B.S. Dietetics – University of Northern Colorado (2012)
- B.A. Journalism – New York University (2005)
Thanks for learning a little more about me. Let’s work together to improve YOUR family’s relationship with food.