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I am a Registered Dietician with Master's degrees in Education and Nutrition. Having a love for food and a concern for children, I started my career in nutrition by cooking at a Seattle child care center and a kitchen catering to child care centers. I worked for 10 year as the Nutritionist for the Infant-Parent Lab at Bellevue College and 6 years at the Jewish Community Center's Parenting Center. Previously I worked with child care centers in greater Seattle consulting with center staff and parents for Seattle-King County Health Department and as a private consultant.
I am an experienced teacher and speaker having presented at many conferences and taught classes at numerous colleges, schools, and child care facilities including Bellevue College Parent Education Program, North Seattle Community College, Bastyr University, Vegfest Seattle, Northwest Conference of Food Service Workers, The Little School,Faces East, Bright Horizon Corporation, YMCA of Seattle, Hilltop Child Care, The Woodinville Toddler Group, Redmond Cooperative, Redmond Toddler Group, Moms and Me, The Jewish Community Center Magnolia Moms, EMOMS, Kirkland Cooperative Preschool, The Montessori Children's House, Thriftway Foods, PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) Puget Consumer Cooperative, Stroller Striders, Seattle Conservation Corps, Open Window School, Wonderland Development Center, Swedish Hospital and Puyallup Tribal Health.
I have written a book to guide parents who are interested in creating healthy eaters. It is titled "Simple and Savvy Strategies for Creating Healthy Eaters." I am also a featured expert on many blogs including www.drlaura.com/,www.parentsconnect.com/,www.diet.com/ www.seattletimes.com/
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After 17 years of practice I have observed thousands of children eating in different environments and enjoying a wide variety of foods. This has given me a realistic understanding of infant/child eating patterns and behaviors. I have also had opportunities to hear the personal and emotional frustrations some parents experience around food and meal time issues. In 2012 I worked and trained at the University of Washington's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, where I acquired the skills to specialize in the assessment and treatment of children with special healthy care needs.
Just as importantly, I am a mother of 2 children. I eat with them, grocery shop with them and cook with and for them. They have taught me the lessons that text books can not contain. I understand parental struggles to insure a healthy diet. I too have been subjected to the excuses, negotiations and power struggles that children engage us in. I know how hard it is to get a meal on the table and the feelings of sadness and defeat when no one wants to eat it. I will believe you when you tell me your child won't eat anything that feels too or looks too... (your adjective here). But we can work together toward a solution that accommodates you and your children.