Sarah is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist working with patients and corporate wellness clients in the Raleigh-Durham area and online via telehealth. A foodie at heart, behind the scenes she is involved in recipe development and compilation for Summerfield’s social media platforms.
Originally from the Midwest, Sarah completed her undergraduate degree and dietetic internship at Purdue University. She also spent a semester completing nutrition courses in Perth, Australia at Curtin University. This experience made her realize how much she loved to get to know people and cultures. She a spent the summer of 2015 backpacking through Southeast Asia and working with organic farm owners to decipher the research behind what they could and could not claim about their foods or plants.
Sarah’s first job out of school landed her in Boston where her science-oriented mind, and heart for those going through a difficult time, led her to pursue a career in the hospital setting. She started out on behavioral health and medical-surgical units. As she gained clinical knowledge, she in turn accepted the position as the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) dietitian and eventually as the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Carney Hospital. Although her science mind thrived, the ICU and management roles require more time looking at a screen or calculator than connecting with patients. She decided to branch out and became the outpatient dietitian for MetroWest Medical Center Cardiac Rehab Center, as well as outpatient dietitian for Fenway Health Medical Center. She knew she found her niche when her days at work no longer felt like work.
As a high school runner, Sarahbecame interested in nutrition and its relation to performance. Yet at the same time, she saw first-hand how nutrition can be a source of pressure and confusion. Therefore,Sarahloves to work with those hoping to heal their relationship with food and enjoy eating in a way that is life giving and sustainable. One of her favorite things about being a dietitian is being inspired by her client’s strength, resilience, and growth.
Sarahensures adequate time to get to know what truly matters most to her clients so they can partner to move towards their goals. She gets excited to see her clients find confidence in the way patients take care of themselves and their families. She believes that the best ideas lie within the client and she is there to process with, encourage, and educate along the way.