Hello, I’m Helena! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a health coach, and a mom, and I’ve always loved being active and eating healthy. I have been a dietitian for 10 years and a certified health coach for six years. As a dietitian, I have worked at two outpatient eating disorder programs and two children's hospitals. When getting my nutrition degree, the school I attended was completely vegetarian, so I also have a lot of experience with vegetarian nutrition. I currently live in the Tacoma, WA area with my husband and two sons.
Approach to care
My goal is to help my clients improve their nutrition and health in the most stress-free way possible, using scientifically-backed information. I believe that all foods can fit in a healthy eating plan, that nutrition can and should be individualized, that restrictive diets are detrimental in the long run, and that you can be healthy and enjoy a positive relationship with food regardless of your body size or shape.
I meet my clients where they are instead of coming in with a pre-packaged plan based solely on their medical condition. Setting goals with clients is done together in partnership, designed to gradually move them to where they want to be in a realistic, sustainable way.
What to expect in your first session with Helena?
During your first session with me, I will ask a lot of questions in order to get a really thorough background history. (I am a note-taker, so I will do that too.) That’s because I want to ensure that I have a complete picture of your nutrition and your health!
Once that part is covered, we will talk about the reason you are seeing a dietitian and what you hope to accomplish. By the end of session, we will have worked together to come up with goals that feel both meaningful and attainable. I really enjoy meal planning, so if it’s appropriate, I will try to make sure that you leave session with practical ideas for what to eat.
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BS & MS in Nutrition & Dietetics
In addition to being a dietitian, I have a bachelor’s degree in English and I love to both read and write. I enjoy many different fitness activities, including spending time outdoors with my family. I recently moved to the Tacoma, WA area, and it has been fun exploring the Pacific Northwest. I also really like to craft, mainly sewing and crochet.
When would you like to meet with Helena?
Initial appointments are 55 mins and done over Zoom.