ABOUT

Meet the CEO

Brooke Douglas, RDN, CD

Brooke DouglasRegistered Dietitian Nutritionist

Brooke Douglas is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 30 years of nutrition experience. She has 15-year-old twins, two dogs and one old cat.
 
Brooke began her career in 1987, working as a clinical dietitian at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California. In 1989, she moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and for 22 years served as a clinical nutrition specialist at Auburn Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Allenmore Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital. During this time Brooke also maintained a thriving consulting business as a writer, nutrition motivational speaker and consulting nutritionist to corporations such as Boeing, REI and the FAA.
 
In 1990, Brooke created ‘Cart Smart Tours’, an aisle-by-aisle nutrition education program in local supermarkets throughout the Puget Sound area. This small business allowed her to visit 22 countries, fulfilling her passion to see the world.
 
Brooke’s ability to coach her patients toward “practicing progress and not perfection” &  “moderation not deprivation” along with her unique and humor filled ability to motivate clients made her the leading go-to nutritionist in the Washington State media in the 1990’s. Brooke’s success on television was attributed to her unique way of delivering real life, relevant and credible nutrition information in a clever and entertaining manner.
 
Born and raised in the heart of America, Brooke earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1986, from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2008 and 2012, she completed the Commission on Dietetic Registration Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.
 
Brooke is passionate in her ability to tell the “nutrition story” in an easy-to-understand, educational and enthusiastic format. Her two-decade history as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting gives her a depth and insight to medical nutrition therapy and disease management in relation to health and wellness that is unmatched.
 
As a resident of South Hill Puyallup, Brooke started “Nutrition Authority”, in 2007. Today, Brooke has successfully created, marketed and merged her successful nutrition practice by incorporating Medical Nutrition Therapy (diet counseling) with Apple Physical Therapy. Apple Physical Therapy is now offering nutrition and lifestyle counseling in 14 out of its 24 locations in Western Washington.

Renea Smith

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Renea moved to the Pacific Northwest from California in 1982. Ready for a new start in life, she bundled up her two children, packed up all of their belongings and headed North for a new life adventure. Renea has held a variety of titles including secretary, receptionist, and dispatcher – among others. In addition, she spent over 20 years holding various positions in the title and escrow industry. In January of 2013 she retired. Retirement for Renea is wonderful, but being the type of individual she is, she needs to keep active.

One of those ways of staying active is being the proud grandmother of four awesome grandsons. Each of them are truly the apple of her eye. ‘Grandma Renea’ spends as much time with each of the boys as possible. Watching them grow and become their own person is an unmatched joy in her life.

Another way Renea likes to beat retirement boredom is by enjoying the outdoors in Western Washington. Any chance she gets, you can rest assured Renea is camping, hiking or traveling. However, her biggest outdoor passion is caring for and trail riding her two horses, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Nakota’.  Annually, Renea rides in support of the Washington State University Veterinary School. Whenever possible Renea likes to ‘do her part’ by assisting in fund raising. The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the nation’s top veterinary schools in equine medicine and surgery. Renea is very proud that WSU has been recognized as one of the best-equipped veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, devoted to providing exceptional veterinary care for horses in the Pacific Northwest.

Meet the Dietitians

Meghan Jones, RDN, CD

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Meghan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Central Washington University. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. One goal Meghan has is to earn a Master’s degree in nutrition.

Meghan’s interest and passion for food and nutrition began before high school when she witnessed several family members going through different health challenges including severe food allergies, hypertension, and obesity. Meghan’s interest spiked when she saw how food can affect the body. Her interest continued when her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with Celiac Disease; within the following year, Meghan was also diagnosed. Witnessing the positive, and negative, effects of food on the body has given Meghan an insight that can be shared with clients. Meghan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.

The Pacific Northwest has always been considered home for Meghan. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys trying new recipes, working in her garden, and volunteering. She has a long standing history of serving and helping others in her community.

Ruth Vailencour, RDN, CD

ruthRegistered Dietitian Nutritionist

Ruth has been practicing nutrition for many years in the Pacific Northwest, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1984, with a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Her love for nutrition and healthy living began as a teenager, when she ran track as a long distance runner through high school. This, along with family genetics for multiple food allergies, fueled her interest in the field of Dietetics. Once graduated, she has worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings, giving her well-rounded experience counseling people of all ages, stages and walks of life.

Ruth is well-versed in food allergies, gluten intolerance, weight control, diabetes, cardiovascular concerns, gut disorders and wound healing, to name a few. You will find she is a warm and compassionate provider with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom in helping you move toward a healthier life, no matter what your starting point or concerns may be. Ruth has a relaxed, practical approach in counseling her clients, often along with a daily dose of inspiration and encouragement.

When she is not busy helping you live and eat better, she is home feeding and caring for her own family. Ruth also enjoys yoga, walking, birdwatching and reading in her spare time.

Tiffany Gota, RDN, CD

tiffany-gotaRegistered Dietitian Nutritionist

Tiffany graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and a minor in Psychology from Oregon State University. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. After her internship, she moved to Washington to be closer to family.

Tiffany’s interest in food and nutrition began in college while she was enrolled in a Community Outreach class. She has always enjoyed helping others and community gardens were becoming a place to educate children and families on healthy eating while providing fresh produce for those who would otherwise not have the resources. Tiffany’s interest in nutrition continued to evolve as heart disease and obesity affected her family. Witnessing their frustration with dieting and their struggle to continue healthy lifestyle changes she believes in continued support for her clients. Her goal as a practitioner is to help clients feel happier and healthier while providing the support they need to be successful.

In her free time she enjoys discovering new restaurants, cooking for family and friends, creating Do It Yourself (DIY) projects from Pinterest, watching Netflix, and exploring the Seattle area.

Adam Pazder, RDN, CD, Executive Chef

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Adam Pazder is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Culinary Arts and Nutrition.

His experiences as a Chef have taken him all over the world and granted him a unique understanding of food, its culture, and its affect on the body. Adam received his formal dietetics education from the University of Washington where he pursued advanced clinical rotations. Topics of interest include weight management, nutrition for healthy aging, and all aspects of cooking, menu planning and the appreciation of good food.

Adam is passionate about providing nutrition education that is approachable and easy to incorporate into your busy life. Together you will work together to identify the obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your nutritional goals, and build an easy-to-follow plan to help make those changes permanent.

When Adam is not in the office making food recommendations, he is probably at home cooking for his family, spending time with his wife, or exploring Washington State.

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