Welcome to Gypsy RD! I hope you will find my blog both fun and inspiring. I became a Registered Dietitian officially on February 14, 2014 after passing my examination. I was beyond thrilled and relieved and could not wait to begin putting my knowledge to work!
To back-track a bit, I briefly want to touch on my schooling and how I became passionate about nutrition. When I entered college the fall of 2006, I did not know what I wanted to pursue. I, like many fresh college students, was overwhelmed and focused on just doing well in my initial courses. I had become interested in cooking with my then boyfriend (now fiancé!), and over time, I developed a greater interest in nutrition. I wanted to understand the food that I was preparing and consuming. After speaking with a well-known RD in the community, I decided that I wanted nothing more than to pursue nutrition as my career. After completing my general coursework at a local community college, I transferred to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville August 2008 and never looked back. I proudly graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition with a minor in Food Services System Management. It was not until my senior year that I realized a Master’s Degree would be needed to complete the Dietetic Internship, thus allowing me to take the exam. With a great deal of support from my family and friends, I managed to complete the program, present and pass my thesis defense, and graduate from the internship – all at The University of Tennessee.
I am so very thankful to be where I am today and to have discovered my passion so early on in my young adulthood. I never questioned it, and I continue to be inspired by so many people. I feel fortunate to be able to pass along my knowledge to others in a variety of ways. I look forward to doing so on this platform!
Below are some of the most incredibly important people in my life- my twin sister, Kaci, my fiancé, Matt, and my family – who have supported me all along the way, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Also, we have three adorable purr-babies that make life so much richer plus my sweet pup-nephew!