Dawn first became aware of fad diets in high school when her parents joined Weight Watchers. She noticed the differences between the changes they both experienced. She has always wanted to work in the healthcare field and found nutrition during her freshman year of college at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
During her undergraduate, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine while working for the Women in Steady Exercise Research (WISER) study. After earning her bachelor’s degree in nutrition & dietetics, she completed a dietetic internship through Central Michigan University. While working as a dietitian in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Marquette General Hospital (now UPHS – Marquette) she saw a variety of patients including those with eating disorders.
This motivated her to choose eating disorders as her elective during her Master’s degree coursework at Central Michigan University. Since leaving her position at the hospital, she has worked in a variety of roles including long term care and teaching college-level nutrition.
Dawn started running recreationally in high school and ran her first half marathon as a freshman in college. Since then she has ran 17 marathons including the Boston marathon, the Chicago marathon & the New York City marathon. She has competed in the Noquemanon 50K cross country ski marathon and also enjoys biking & stand up paddle boarding.
She has experience running & fueling while pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum.
She enjoys reading, knitting, going to the beach and traveling with her family. She and her husband along with their three sons enjoy taking road trips in their sprinter van & being outdoors.
Dawn hopes to share her nutrition knowledge with you so that you can find ease in your relationship with food.
Cutting out entire food groups, dairy, sugar, [insert next diet trend here] won’t improve your mood or your athletic ability, it can lead to restrictive eating which could lead to an injury or disordered eating.
With Dawn’s guidance, you will be able to restore ease in your relationship with food which can positively impact your body image, your athletic abilities and what factors you feel determine your health.