I was born and raised in the Bay Area where I also earned my BS degree in nutrition from University California Berkeley in 2001. I briefly lived in Southern California where I completed my dietetic internship and earned my MS degree in nutrition from California State University Long Beach. It was here where I realized my love for children and passion for nutrition education could be combined. In 2003, I completed my thesis on Childhood Obesity.
During the beginning of my eight years at Children’s Hospital Oakland, I was part of the team that founded one of the nation’s first multidisciplinary childhood obesity clinics in 2004. Having a growing family history of diabetes, it became ever so more important for me to pursue becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). After having worked for some time in the Diabetes Department, I successfully became a CDE in 2007.
I know first-hand the toll a chronic disease can take a person and their loved ones. My approach to nutrition and diabetes education is easy going and sensitive to the patients’ and families’ needs. I have been a member of UCSF and The Madison Clinic team since 2013 and I am honored to be part of an institution that I hold near and dear to my heart.