Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out the way you imagine. 2008 wasn’t the best time to be starting a career as an artist. I was, however, inspired by the food culture here in Oregon and how accessible nutritious food was. I grew up like many of my patients with the traditional meat, vegetable, and starch on the plate. My curiosity and passion for delicious food got me hooked on nutrition and when I discovered that I could do it as a career- that was it!.