Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
Athletics have been a huge part of my life since I was three years old (that is, if you call a 3-year-old cartwheeling in gymnastics "athletics"). In addition to gymnastics, I grew up playing soccer and lacrosse in a suburb of Philadelphia. I was so drawn to the sports that I pursued a two-sport, DIII college career while completing undergraduate degrees in Culinary Arts and Nutrition & Dietetics. After completing a Masters in Nutrition, I was able to continue combining my culinary and athletic interests by joining the US Ski Team staff as their High Performance Chef. Flash forward to today: I am based at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY and have served as a full-time High Performance Chef & Sport Dietitian for more than 20 sports and 200 athletes within the Olympic movement. This balance of Chef & Dietitian allows me to model to athletes the importance of enjoying and appreciating our food, while also finding the best ways our favorite foods can further our sport performance.
I spend most of my days educating athletes on how to train, compete, and recover at their absolute best by incorporating personalized sport nutrition practices into their daily routines, and I also get the unique opportunity to travel with teams, monitoring health, assisting with fueling and recovery practices, and preparing team meals to ensure athletes are set up for success during key camps and competitions. What started as a simple love for helping and caring for others through food has blossomed into invitations to travel the world with hardworking, appreciative humans chasing their Olympic dreams. One of my absolute favorite things about working with Olympic athletes is getting to know them as people and observing all the ways (much like the Dig Deep program attendees) these athletes are still seeking ways to learn, improve, and creatively overcome new challenges at every level of sport. Some of my other favorite things include eating ice cream, hiking up mountains, petting dogs, making homemade pizzas with friends, reading, and getting (very gradually) better at skiing, mountain biking, and beach volleyball.
Good to be Here!
Nutrition is important for athletes at every single level. I'm excited to be part of the Dig Deep Academy because I love helping athletes of all sports and all levels learn how to understand their bodies and nutrition better, so they can maximize and their health and performance. I look forward to sharing my tips and tricks with you. You'll be fueling like an Olympian in no time!
"What we know matters, but who we are matters more." -Brene Brown
My Advice to Jr Athletes:
You will eat food every day for the rest of your life, why not start doing it on purpose? The right nutrition has the power to help you be more grateful for your food and how it's sourced, stay more mentally and physically healthy, and feel more fueled so you can enjoy sports for years to come.