Tina's expertise lies in medical nutrition therapy for a variety of health conditions. She has experience working with a broad range of clients, and has a specialization with those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, emotional eating, negative body image and exercise struggle. Working in the eating disorder field since 2008, her vast experience includes various outpatient practices, as well as both the PHP/IOP level of care at treatment centers.
Tina focuses on bettering her client's physical and emotional health by employing a non-diet approach to meal planning, using intuitive and conscious eating principles. She excels at creating personalized plans of action as well as assisting clients to incorporate nutrition and activity into their lifestyles, all done in a balanced and enjoyable way. Tina's spunky personality adds fun and excitement when talking about nutrition, especially when de-bunking some of those challenging diet myths. Tina always finds ways to incorporate her own enjoyment of food, cooking, and exploring new meals into her client's sessions. She believes that exposure is a great tool in learning how to challenge food fears and the diet mentality. This may include grocery store and restaurant outings, or clients bringing their own meal or snack to eat with Tina during session.
In her free time, Tina has trained and mentored with triathlon and running teams, having completed numerous endurance and adventure races. She finds the balance between endurance activity and nutrition fascinating and believes that genuine harmony can only be accomplished when you are properly nourished and in communication with your body's true signals. That being said, Tina also believes that activity can be a natural part of your life and engaging in those fun activities shouldn't have to feel like a "chore" or an "obligation." As a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Tina holds the expertise to help you design an exercise routine that works for your philosophy, schedule and wellness balance. Whether struggling with exercise addiction or finding that balance between exercise and nutrition, Tina can help.
Tina is a member of The International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She has a bachelor's degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University and has participated in a multitude of trainings. These trainings include but not limited to: Jessica Setnick's Eating Disorder Bootcamp and Advanced Eating Disorder Bootcamp, and Molly Kellogg's Nutrition Counseling. Tina is also certified in Intuitive Eating through Helm Publishing, and has participated in various workshops and webinars on eating disorder nutrition counseling. She has participated in many medical seminars/webinars to advance her knowledge of medical nutrition therapy and eating disorders. She has an advanced understanding of blood work, the physiology of the body and how they all are affected by eating disorder behaviors. Tina is also a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). While Tina will not train you in a gym, she uses this education and training to help you find an exercise routine that is best for you recovery and health. Tina is a licensed dietitian in Texas, Nevada and Missouri. Tina is also the treasurer on the Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists (CTEDS) board and arranges and attends workshops monthly on eating disorder related topics. Additionally, Tina is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Tina's knowledge in eating disorder nutrition therapy is extensive and can help you to your recovery goal.