Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, U.C. Berkeley, 1993
Registered Dietitian, U.C. Berkeley, 1993
B.S. Chemistry, U.C. Berkeley, 1987
I joined Saddleback College in 2006 as an instructor in Foods and Nutrition, where I have taught FN 161 (Nutrition for Health Occupations), FN 50 (Fundamentals of Nutrition), FN 164 (Sports Nutrition), FN 169 (Life Cycle Nutrition) and FCS 142 (Life Management). I am currently the Chair of the Nutrition Department as well as the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. I am very passionate about nutrition as it is the key to life, fitness and health; and the perfect intersection of science and application. We all have choices we make every day; in nutrition, those choices will determine your current and future health.
I strive to make my classes interactive including class discussion, group projects, video clips, case studies, active learning and review activities. I believe that the more students engage and participate, they more they learn, remember and apply what they learned.
Prior to joining the faculty at Saddleback I worked in public health nutrition, clinical nutrition, private practice and nutrition research. I do my best to stay on top of scientific research, consumer trends and food industry activities. I bring those areas of knowledge into my classroom for the benefit of my students. There is never a dumb question or a simple answer to a question ... but the more you ask and the more you learn, the better you can take care of yourself, your friends and your family.
On a personal note, I'm a triathlete and love to run, bike and swim, go to the beach, and anything else outdoors. I have 3 daughters and live in Laguna Niguel.
I encourage anyone and everyone to take classes in Nutrition and in Life Management (FCS Dept). We have a family of excellent instructors and a number of interesting classes to choose from that will fit your schedule. Your life and health will benefit ... and yes, you can still eat your favorite foods!