January 06, 2022
A Midwest, donut-loving, Chiefs-cheering, island-dreaming woman found often at the grocery store aka, her study.
Melinda "Mindy" has been a registered dietitian nutritionist for 15 years and a certified diabetes care and education specialist for 9 years. She has worked in primary care with patients one-on-one and in group settings, both in-person and online, for the last 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as a retail dietitian, with Women, Infants and Children and in a federally qualified health center working with patients of all ages and backgrounds.
“Like many of you, diabetes runs in my family. When I learned that there was a profession that specialized in helping people eat to cure or prevent disease, my family’s medical history came to mind. I always liked cooking, trying new foods and learning how food changes the body. I didn’t initially dream of a career in nutrition. I pictured myself in an art field but one disappointing semester as an art major and a chance encounter with a dietetics professor led me to a career in nutrition. You could say it was love at first sight when Professor Piland described the life of a dietitian!
My love of food, cooking and nutrition was unintentionally instilled by my mom and my grandma. They both just happened to make healthy, family meals a priority but never pushed any certain foods as “good” or “bad”. I also credit Rachel Ray’s $40 a Day and 30 Minute Meals; she totally spoke to me and broadened my culinary skills! Thank you Mom, Grandma, and Ray Ray!
I believe in balance- a simple word that can be hard to achieve when it comes to nutrition. My goal is to help you achieve that balance in your life, and be energized and encouraged in the process.”
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