Kelly was raised in a family restaurant business in Minnesota, where she developed a fascination with the power of food and the profound impact it can have on all aspects of people’s lives, mentally, physically, and socially. No situation had a bigger influence on Kelly’s decision to become a nutritionist than the emotional experience of seeing her father struggle for decades with his weight, which led to several chronic health complications and ultimately to diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.
Kelly channeled that personal experience into a professional mission to dedicate her life to helping people prevent future issues caused by poor nutritional habits. “What I’ve learned after 25 years of experience is that most people don’t make the big breakthrough connections on their own. The role of a nutrition counselor can be the pivotal step people need to problem-solve, make changes, and find their way to a better life.” She is passionate about counseling people on how to reinvent their lifestyle by crafting personalized plans that can help them overcome the unexpected (and sometimes unfair) challenges life or genetics can throw at them. As an experienced nutritionist who’s helped very diverse groups of people with various food-related disorders, and as a thriving survivor of colon cancer herself, Kelly knows first-hand about the intricacies and sensitivities of making big lifestyle changes that help people get the most out of life.
“I have a deeper appreciation for the role food can play as a powerful remedy to the physical, mental and social challenges people can face following a health scare like mine. I also had the privilege of studying under Dr. Marion Nestle, one of our industry’s most iconic voices, who raised my awareness about the impact of public food misinformation and inspired me to always focus on arming my clients with the most reliable information that can lead to the smartest food choices for them.”
When she’s not working with clients, Kelly is the mom of three daughters (including twins!) and enjoys tennis, traveling, shopping at local farmer’s markets, and long walks with her husband and Aussie Shepherd.
Kelly is a licensed nutritionist through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University. Kelly completed a specialized clinical nutrition internship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, followed by a 25-year career in clinical nutrition that has spanned everything from weight loss and pediatrics, to oncology, digestive disorders, and menopause.
Kelly sees clients at the North Oaks location.