Job: Owner of Garden In The Koop

Favorite foods: Dark chocolate and carrots

Favorite activity outside of work: Spending time in the mountains with my husband and dogs.

Wildest dream: To really make a difference in people’s lives in how they eat, how they live and how they love themselves. Which I feel like I am doing right now!

Biggest challenge: Rewriting MY script to allow me to move forward and follow my passion—sometimes it’s still a challenge.

Nutrition education is important because: I understand the significance of the food we eat and how changing the way we treat our own bodies will change how we treat each other and ultimately the planet.  I really get this! The more we understand the profound impact food and lifestyle has on us and the life of the planet, the longer we will all be here!

What I love about health coaching: I love the ‘ahh’ moments when someone connects and gets it. I love opening the doors for others so they can begin their own journey.

What I love about Integrative Nutrition: They allow for many ways to lead to the same end.  I like the freedom to learn all the theories and then help a client find the right fit. It's an amazing school that, in the big picture of coaching, let's the student find their path and begin the journey!

About My Practice

My specialty: Working with families and children to change how they eat and ultimately live.

The top three results my clients get from working with me are: Understanding that change is a process, knowing where they are now is where they are meant to be and that the results they want will be their doing—I am there to support and encourage.

What my clients love about my program: We work from the garden getting people to connect with the earth and the food.

My favorite juicy question to ask my clients is: If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first change you would start to make?

What I love about what I do: I love that feeling better is something I can share with others and that changing peoples lives for the better is an option.

How I am making a difference in my community: I am working with nonprofits to help them with gardens and fund raising.  My seeds not only allow the organizations to raise money, they also send a message about how gardens benefit health. It’s a very exciting mission!

In the future, I see myself: Creating a “global garden-to-garden network” and connecting the planet through food and the garden.

The message I want to get out: It all starts with a seed. Sharing the seed and the food from that seed is the way to save our planet— and ultimately ourselves.

My favorite inspirational quote:Our children need to learn gardening. The reasons for this reach deep into their mental and emotional, as well as into their physical survival. Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. By gardening our children learn that they constitute, with all growing things, a single community of life. They learn to nurture and be nurtured in a universe that is always precarious, but ultimately benign.” —Thomas Berry

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