Growing up, dancing was my life; it was my passion. I took my first dance class when I was 4 and made the competition team at the ripe old age of 9. By the time I was 13, I spent almost as much time in the dance studio as I did in my own house. The studio became my second home; my teacher and competition team became my second family.michelle headshot

Dancing up to 6 days a week for 4-10 hours, I became aware that fueling my body was extremely important. While most girls my age loved going to the mall to buy clothes, I loved going to the grocery store to see what new products were on the shelves, and to compare food labels. I could have spent hours there – if my mom let me!

My interest in food and nutrition continued to grow throughout high school, but for some reason, I went off to college as a Biology/Pre-Med major. A semester in, I met someone in the Nutritional Sciences program, and a lightbulb went on in my head…I was in the wrong program, and quickly made the switch. I soon realized nutrition was my new passion, and it has been ever since.

Today, I’m proud to spend my days representing dairy farmers and the dairy industry as part of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist team at American Dairy Association North East.