Meet the CEO
Brooke Douglas, RDN, CD
Brooke Douglas is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 30 years of nutrition education and coaching experience. 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 Pacific Northwest and for 22 years served as a clinical nutrition specialist at Auburn Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center 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 in Washington state, 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 ATI Physical Therapy. ATI Physical Therapy is now offering nutrition and lifestyle counseling in 27 out of over 50 locations in Western Washington.
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
Adam Pazder, RDN, CD, Executive Chef
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.
Ruth Vailencour, RDN, CD
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.
Dana Ruch, MS, CN
Dana came to the world of nutrition from a different path. She is a recent master’s level graduate from University of Bridgeport in Human Nutrition. Her Bachelor’s degree, however, is in Psychology and Communications. She has spent the last 16+ years working in inpatient Psychiatry. Along her journey,
Dana has always been passionate about health and wellness and in her 20’s got different fitness certifications and taught group fitness on the side for fun. However, at the age of 25, Dana was hit by a drunk driver and her fitness and further school aspirations were put on hold while she recovered both
mentally and physically. New passions arose for Dana during this recovery period, and she found healing in yoga and deepened her self-study of nutrition to help manage residual side effects from a brain injury. Dana ultimately pursued getting certified to teach yoga and holds a 200-hr YogaFaith training
certification and taught yoga for several years before Covid hit. She also pursued certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which again opened her eyes to the beauty and power of food. Dana knew she wanted further education in nutrition and decided to change the direction of her career from
psychiatry and pursued graduate studies in Human Nutrition.
Dana is passionate about fueling our bodies from the inside out and learning to love the amazing vessels that we have so we can help our bodies function optimally to live life to the fullest. Her approach to nutrition involves finding practical ways to make improvements that make sense for everyone. She does not approach nutrition with a one size fits all method, but takes into consideration everyone’s unique needs and lifestyles, to meet them where they are, to find improved ways to eat and live better for the benefit of our minds, hormones, digestion and so much more. She is a wife, a mom of two active boys, and a dog mom to her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. In her free time, she loves to be active either through yoga, hiking, lifting weights, or simply playing catch with her sons.
Mariah Lenker, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Mariah graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor in Food and Nutrition Science with an emphasis in dietetics and sports and exercise science. She completed a distance internship in the greater Seattle area through Keith & Associates that focused on business and entrepreneuring. Eager to apply her dietetic education and knowledge, she started counseling individuals in nutrition and healthy eating at Nutrition Authority.
Mariah’s interest in nutrition began in high school when she started to eat healthier to improve her overall health and performance in sports. Experiencing the power of nutrition and exercise in promoting her own weight loss and body transformation, she continued training on her own and pursued her education in dietetics. Her weight and health journey has not been without challenges, but this is a valuable asset to her rigorous dietetic education and understanding the struggles individuals face when trying to improve their health and bodies through changing how they eat. Mariah is passionate about nutrition combined with exercise and seeks to empower people to transform their health through balanced, sustainable nutrition that promotes lifelong wellness, energy, body confidence, and optimal performance; and that’s tasty too!
She is a self-proclaimed gym-nut as an avid weightlifter who loves lifting iron to test her strength. She continues to learn and apply proper biomechanics to her training and does various forms of exercise to balance hard training with functional movement and promote longevity. As a Washingtonian she loves the outdoors, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, kayaking on occasions, swimming and simple walks with her dog. She also loves cooking, experimenting with recipes, DIY’ing everything and hanging out with her family.
Madison Service, RDN, CD
Madison Service, RDN, CD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who graduated from Colorado State University with honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. After completing her education, she attended Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA to complete her +1,200 hours of supervised practice required of the Dietetic Internship. She believes the right kind of foods can be the most powerful form of medicine. Madison is committed to the success of her patients and strives to implement sustainable, realistic, and enjoyable dietary changes to enhance their quality of life.
After her Dietetic Internship, Madison enhanced her counseling and education skills while providing nutritional guidance at the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle, WA. As someone who has personally experienced the debilitating effects of IBS, Madison particularly enjoys working with people who have digestive disorders and embraces the challenge of navigating restricted diets. Working in partnership with the patient, she develops custom nutrition plans and menus tailored to meet individual needs of the client.
Inspired by her own personal journey, she enjoys supporting peoples’ health goals in a judgement-free, sensitive, and supportive environment through motivational coaching as a Diabetes Prevention Program Health Coach and User Support Expert for Brook Health, Inc. In this position, Madison supports those implementing lifestyle behavior changes for a number of health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and more. She emphasizes mindful eating and working in partnership with each individual so they can best achieve their unique health goals. Nourishing not only patients’ physical bodies, but their minds as well, makes her job extremely rewarding.
In her free time, she is an adventure enthusiast and loves anything involving the outdoors including mountain biking, summiting peaks, and rock climbing. When not in the mountains, Madison enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, painting, and dancing to live music.
Britta Storm, MS, CN
Britta Storm holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is in the process of becoming a Certified Nutrition Specialist® and has a goal to achieve that by early next year.
Britta believes in the many principles within the emerging field of Integrative Health which looks at as many aspects of a client’s life as possible in addition to diet including lifestyle, environment, social life, and stress levels. Integrative Health also utilizes the community of health care professionals in your network and works closely with them as a team of care whenever possible. The education she received stressed the importance of personalized nutrition for every individual based on many variables such as
age, lifestyle, diagnoses, lab results, allergies, and sensitivities.
Her passion for achieving great health through nutrition came from experiencing rapid weight gain and having chronic pain since she was a teenager. She always thought she was eating healthily growing up to support her active lifestyle as a high school basketball player and later as a professional snowboarder. As it turned out, she was doing the opposite of eating healthy as she followed the many fad diets out there such as the fat-free diet. Through self-education, she was able to learn the basics of nutrition and found a way of eating that worked for her which eliminated pounds and lessened her pain. She also had to figure out how to eat egg-free after discovering they caused a skin reaction. After her experience, she wanted to understand more about the science of nutrition and now has a strong desire to spread that knowledge to as many people who are willing to listen. Whether you have a desire to lose weight, improve your energy, improve blood glucose levels, decrease blood pressure, improve digestion or need
help adapting recipes for food allergies or sensitivities, she will do everything she can to help you on the journey to your best health.
Britta grew up in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely loves all it has to offer from the fresh seafood to the breathtaking views. She enjoys cooking healthy, delicious food for her family, going on hikes in her neighborhood, riding stand-up paddleboards, swimming in the sound, and riding her bike.
Meghan Jones, RDN, CD
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.
Christa Fonda, RDN, CD
Christa graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2001. She successfully completed her internship at Madigan Hospital in both clinical and food service management. Christa was hired as the Food Services Director at the Seattle SeaMar Community Care Clinic and maintained food service oversight of the assisted living facility and child care development center. After five years at SeaMar, Christa worked in a double capacity as the Clinical Dietitian Manager at Park Rose long term care facility in Tacoma and as a Clinical Dietitian at the Franciscan Medical Center in Federal Way for another five years. After a career break caring for her children Christa was hired as an Out Patient Dietitian at ATI Physical Therapy in Bonney Lake where she enjoyed working with children and assisting patients with implementing customized nutrition plans to meet their disease management/prevention and weight loss/maintenance goals. Christa lives in Buckley with her husband, twin boys, and a labradoodle gunner. She loves to hike and spend time with family and friends.