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About Lauren

Change is tough. But you want to make a change. Perhaps you want to finish your first race or get a new personal best. Or maybe you want to stop the cycle of all-or-nothing food behaviors. Or perhaps you just want to end the nutrition confusion. Yes, change is tough.
I'm here to help.

My journey to becoming a dietitian was not a straight path - much like I'm sure your journey to your first 5K, 10th Ironman - or even getting dinner on the table on a weeknight - was not a straight path either. Along my journey, I received guidance and support from a lot of folks, and my hope is to do the same for you.

Nutrition information can be overwhelming - it's everywhere, it's's often contradictory! My goal is to take the evidence-based science (what research tells us along with my clinical/practice experience) and translate it into real-world, individualized application for you. I specialize in helping busy individuals find a balanced, practical approach to eating that supports their goals.

I know nutrition is important for health and performance, and I also know there is no "perfect diet" or a one-size-fits all approach. I've worked in several settings where a team approach was used to treat patients or work with athletes - affording me the opportunity to think holistically when working with people. When I work with you, I take the time to understand your life in order to come up with a practical plan together.

I've worked with athletes of all types - youth, adult recreational and elite, collegiate, and pro.

I've worked with individuals wanting to lose over 100 lbs; individuals wanting to just move with less pain; and individuals not wanting to lose any weight but have a better relationship with food.

Regardless of who you are, I'm here to help.

On my way to becoming a dietitian, I served 8 years active duty in the US Coast Guard and retired from the reserves. I was a collegiate rower and swimmer turned triathlete post-college. Today, I do a mixture of lifestyle and planned exercise to stay active and healthy. In my spare time I get in some gardening, bread baking, and relaxation time with my husband.

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  • Doctoral student; PhD, Health and Human Performance, Concordia University Chicago (2021-2025)

  • MSc, Obesity and Weight Management, University of South Wales (2021)

  • International Olympic Committee Sports Nutrition Diploma Program (2015)

  • BS, Dietetics, Eastern Michigan University (2011)

  • BS, Operations Research, United States Coast Guard Academy (2002)

Nutrition Work Experience & Credentials
  • Instructor, University of South Wales, MSc in Obesity and Weight Management program

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus

  • Washington Center for Weight Management and Research, Dietitian

  • George Washington University, Director of Sports Nutrition

  • Consulting:

    • 2019 WNBA Champions: The Washington Mystics

    • The Washington Ballet

    • Gatorade speaker: Camp Woodward, Glazier Clinic (football), YSC Academy (soccer), Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association

  • University of Michigan, Sports Nutrition Fellowship, women's basketball

  • VA Medical Center, MOVE Weight Management Program

  • Ingleside at Rock Creek, Director of Nutrition Services

  • Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

  • Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM)

  • Registered Dietitian (RD)

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