I'm a nutritionist in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and I serve as research coordinator and dietician for a weight-loss study called Diet QuEST (Diet Quality and Education to Stay Trim). I also precept for the Community Nutrition Research rotation for UAB dietetic interns. Working with people who want to lose weight and helping them be successful in the long term is the best part of my job. Food isn't just my job. My dream is to travel the world and write about different foods and restaurants. I love cooking and going out to eat with family and friends. I was born in Millbrook, Alabama, and moved to Birmingham four years ago. I love that Birmingham is big enough to have fun activities and events but doesn't lose that "small town" feel. When I'm not working, I love to garden, spend time with my niece and nephew, and just sit on the deck at home with a cup of coffee and a good, nutritious breakfast.