- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
- NCAA Division I Track Athlete
- Two-time national raw powerlifting champion
- Coach of four national and four state powerlifting champions
Living in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas my entire life I have witnessed first-hand the Hispanic population struggle with unhealthy behaviors. Becoming a Dietitian has allowed me to educate and lead those who want make a difference for themselves and their families.
Along with my extensive athletic and power lifting backgrounds, I have experience in the clinical and community settings as well as the private sector of consulting and meal planning. During college I gained a wealth of knowledge integrating nutritional care into various food-service and healthcare systems with the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and Knapp Medical Center. At UTPA I worked with the Office of Border Health to secure grants from the Aetna foundation for the CHECK Project (Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids) which focuses on childhood obesity, community wellness, and healthful choices. I acted as the Chief Financial Officer for the UTPA 2014 Health Fair named “Generation Under Transformation”, and I’ve worked with the WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) government program, Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, and the Hidalgo Independent School District’s Food Service Management department. After graduating I began to pursue my certification in strength and conditioning to better understand the physical activity component of health and wellness.
I am currently working as a clinical and corporate Dietitian at the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. To put myself in the position to have the largest effect on the members of my community I am pursuing graduate school and a Master’s degree in Health Administration.
- Master of Science: Kinesiology
- Cancer Exercise Specialist
- Clinical Weight Loss Advisor
- NCAA Division I Strength & Conditioning Coach
- 10 years Certified Personal Trainer
My fitness and wellness journey started before high school with athletics and outdoor, recreational activity. Growing up in the cornfields of Indiana left me with little choice but to play sports or to get outside and be active. This became a passion for movement and exercise that grew as I watched my dad struggle with health complications due to obesity. My dad was my athletic coach for years but was simultaneously using food as comfort for stress. He was diagnosed with type II diabetes at 38 and has spent more than fifteen years of wrestling the effects of obesity.
After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in fitness and human movement I took an internship at St. Vincent Hospital’s Sports Performance Center in Indianapolis. I worked with many elite-level athletes in strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and sports nutrition. I was exposed to a variety of sports enhancement and injury prevention programs amidst NBA and NFL athletes, Indy car drivers, Olympic gymnasts, swimmers, and divers, Olympic track and field athletes, and various collegiate and youth athletes. My particular work with the 2010 NBA Pre-Draft group led to my first position as a sports performance coach in Florida where I trained collegiate athletes and college-bound prospects at a basketball-specialized preparatory academy. I attended graduate school on scholarship as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at UTPA where I oversaw the performance training for men’s and women’s golf, tennis, basketball, track, cross country, and dance teams.
While pursuing my Master’s degree at UTPA I saw the undeniable need for health and wellness education in the general population continue to grow. I relocated to the mecca of health, fitness, and recreational activity in Northern California to learn more about how to build a balanced, enjoyable lifestyle. In addition to my sports performance and personal training background I have experience in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, clinical weight loss and weight management, and have been a clinical guest speaker for pre- and post-operation bariatric and metabolic disease programs. I am currently working for a non-profit as a Cancer Exercise Specialist, helping cancer survivors take back control of their bodies and lives.