Welcome! I'm Mia (she/her) and a registered dietitian. I originally pursued nutrition to bring culturally relevant nutrition education to the field, as I didn't find my own Black and Korean family foods and practices reflected in dietetics. My pursuits have led me to work as a fellow with children with disabilities, in the community as a SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, and in government as a nutrition consultant. Through my work in public health, I developed a lens for seeing systemic inequalities and a passion for increasing food access. I believe everybody deserves inclusive care that centers their lived experiences.
I have a special interest in disordered eating and helping clients improve their relationship to food and their body, as well as managing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), gastrointestinal conditions, navigating neurodivergence and food, and other health concerns. I welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds, and especially enjoy working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC, and those with multiracial identities. I bring warmth, gentle curiosity, and a weight-inclusive approach to my nutrition counseling to create a nonjudgemental space. I strive to create a partnership with clients and empower them to be in the driver's seat on their journey to find peace with food.
Outside of counseling, I help create spaces for Black dietitians and dietitians of color working in the fields of eating disorders and nutrition. I serve as an advisor for weight inclusive toolkits and research boards for eating disorders. I also enjoy teaching about cultural aspects of nutrition at MSU Denver.
In my free time, I can be found roller skating, practicing dance moves both on the ground and on wheels, fostering dogs, and singing karaoke (poorly). Although based in Denver, Colorado, I have lived in many places from Baltimore to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and love exploring food anywhere I go.
Qualifications and Credentials
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics - Auburn University
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Nutrition - University of Minnesota
Dietetic Internship - University of Minnesota
Faculty and Instructor - Metropolitan State University Denver
New York Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
Trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) for nutrition and eating disorders
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