Q: Why did you choose to work in healthcare?
A: I chose to be a registered dietitian and personal trainer because of
my own struggles. I wanted to find a way to have a peaceful relationship
with food, eating and the scale where worrying about what to eat didn’t
consume every minute of my day. Part of this process of letting go of
food, eating and weight worries was to increase self-care and learn to
trust myself. Now as a wellness professional I get to help patients in
a more holistic way that includes nutrition, physical activity, and self-care
Q: Describe your typical work day.
A: A typical day for me could include meeting with a patient on the Kirby
Wellness Walking Trail to discuss lifestyle changes, teaching a group
class about nutrition or physical activity, or helping create wellness
resources for Piatt county.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I love listening to people talk about their lives and seeing light
bulbs go off when they learn something new about themselves or start to
see themselves in a new way. I love it when people say “I never
thought of that before!” or “I have an idea what would work
really well for me!”
Q: What have you gained from being a part of our Kirby family?
A: “Family” has not always been a positive word in my life
but I’m learning to be more open to the idea of a work “family”.
(I’m like our shy cat that runs and hides every time we love him
too much, but he’s slowly starting to tolerate it and even like
it.) Whether you are a patient or an employee, you will receive love and
compassion from Kirby Medical Center.
Q: What are your Wellness habits?
1. Sleep! This is my number one wellness habit and I don’t function
well on less than 7 hours of sleep.
2. One hot meal a day (and other snacks or cold meals too). Taking time
to eat a hot meal even if it’s soup in a thermos is a priority even
on busy days.
3. Time walking in nature. I have a lot of traits of HSP introverts (https://hsperson.com/,
https://introvertdear.com/news/hsp-things-realize/ ). Being around a lot of people can be a little draining (even though
I like people) and one of the best ways for me to reset is walking outside.
4. Doing nothing! Taking time to purposely do nothing is an important
piece of self-care for me and might include zoning out watching a movie
or reading a fiction novel.
Q: Tell us about your family/life outside of Kirby.
A: My husband and two cats. The cats are a little spoiled and pictured
here enjoying a heated blanket.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of work?
A: Anything creative including art projects or remodeling our home, anything
in nature, and I love learning new information.
Q: If you had an extra hour every day, what would you spend it doing?
A: Mornings at my house with a cup of coffee are the best. If I wasn’t
at home, I would be at a thrift store, flee market, or antique mall searching
Q: Four words to describe you.
A: Quiet, creative, empathetic, my husband says I’m funny (both
when I try to be and … also when I’m not trying)
Q: What are you excited for in 2021?
A: In 2021, I’m looking forward to finishing a wellness coaching
certification through Wellcoaches and hopefully passing the National Board
Certification in Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) Exam.
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