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Updated: Sep 25, 2018
Hi there! I’m Beth, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) licensed and practicing in Ohio. I wanted to introduce myself and do a little Beth 101 so you can get to know the real me.
I grew up in Sandusky, Ohio right down the road from Cedar Point, the ‘Roller Coaster Capitol of the World’. I graduated from Perkins High School in 2009 and moved to Pennsylvania where I went to Slippery Rock University on a basketball athletic scholarship. I played basketball for two years and initially studied public health. I always knew I wanted to study food and nutrition, however SRU did not offer a nutrition program and frankly, free tuition sounded pretty good at the time. Playing a sport at the collegiate level was one of the best, yet hardest, experiences of my life. It taught me a TON about responsibility, hard work, discipline, team work and how to get sh** done. However, it also brought a lot of exhausting and lonely days. Looking back, I wouldn’t change it because it was a great, two year life lesson.
After my sophomore year, I decided to transfer to Kent State University to study nutrition. I worked my butt off to graduate on time in May 2013 with my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition.
I found out in April of 2013 that I was matched to the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) for my Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and to complete my Dietetic Internship in Medical Nutrition Therapy. It was a two year coordinated program. I remember match day so vividly. I was too nervous to check myself to see if I was matched to a program so my then boyfriend (now husband) did it for me. I will never forget after 20 minutes of trying to log on (the site crashed), he looked at me and said “you were matched” then 10 seconds later replied “you’re going to Kansas”. I looked back at him and said “Kansas?” in such confusion. To this day, I truly don’t know exactly why I applied to KUMC which makes me laugh. A lot. I mean it’s a 12-13 hour drive from where I grew up. I had no family there. I knew no one there. But I guess if I really think about it, that is me. I love to be spontaneous. I love to live in the moment. I love to experience new, exciting and scary things because that’s what shapes you as a person.
In the fall of 2013, I moved out to Kansas City, Kansas. I met a girl online who was looking for another roommate. We Face Timed once a few months prior to my move. Realistically, I had no idea who my roommates were nor the house I would be living in until I showed up at the door. Luckily, it turned out to be a great situation. My roommates were awesome and the house was great. After 6 months of living there by myself, my then boyfriend moved out there to be with me. We moved to downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It’s pretty cool that I can say I have lived in both Kansas City, Kansas as well as Kansas City, Missouri. I completed my Dietetic Internship in June of 2014. Fun fact: my then boyfriend proposed to me on my last day of my Dietetic Internship! I definitely thought we were just celebrating the fact that I would finally be paid for my hard work ☺ (my internship was unpaid). My rotations during my internship included sports nutrition at the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!; super cool rotation as a former athlete), nutrition marketing at FleishmanHillard with the Food and Beverage team, food service (yay) at Children’s Mercy Hospital and clinical nutrition (main rotation) also at Children’s Mercy Hospital. My preceptor during my clinical rotation at Children’s Mercy Hospital later became a close friend of mine and is a big reason why I am married (I will save that story for another time). I mainly worked with patients who were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I sat for my Registered Dietitian Examination in the summer of 2014. Best.day.ever.
I completed my Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Dietetics in May of 2013. I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for a short period of time before I was offered a full time position where I completed my clinical rotation for my internship. I worked there full time for almost a year.
I lived in Kansas City for over two years. It was truly some of the best years of my life. I moved out to Kansas City by myself. I was proposed to in Kansas City. I became a Registered Dietitian in Kansas City. I completed my Master’s in Kansas City. I met friends and some really good people who became family in Kansas City.
But home is Ohio. Our family is in Ohio. We moved to Cleveland in October 2015. I got married in 2016, we bought our first home in 2017 and I have been working for an amazing healthcare organization as their only Registered Dietitian since.
In terms of my practice, I follow an Integrative and Functional Nutrition approach. I personally follow a plant-based lifestyle (have been for the past +7 years) and I believe everyone, including our environment, could benefit from eating more plant-based foods, regardless of what their specific lifestyle and eating habits look like. I also believe there is no ‘one diet’ fits all. It should be individualized to that particular person and their body’s needs.
With all that being said, I love food. It’s what led me to my career. I am a huge foodie. Food brings people together. Food heals. Food is meant to be enjoyed.
That brings me to Cleveland. I adore this city. It’s a go-getter city. People here work extremely hard for what they have. And the food scene is incredible, which is why I dedicated an entire tab on my blog to all things Cleveland! I feel right at home here. Great people, great food, great sports (well most of them) and just all around great energy.
So anyways, thanks for stopping in. I hope to get to know you all like you now know me. ☺
Questions? Feel free to ask!