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 22 out of its 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.
Emmilia Smith, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Emmilia graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, where she earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition in 2012. After a year of experience in the nutritional supplements business at a local company, she went on to achieve her Registered Dietitian certification after completing her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Emmilia’s passion for nutrition began soon after she embarked on her own weight loss journey in 2008. After losing a significant amount of weight by eating whole foods, exercising, and keeping herself accountable via a food journal, she found herself bombarded with the question “how did she do it?” on a daily basis. Knowing that every person has unique biological and lifestyle needs, she decided to gain the knowledge and counseling skills needed to help people make sustainable behavior
Emmilia specializes in weight loss and weight maintenance, and molding weight loss action plans to the individual. It’s not about fitting the person to the weight loss program, it’s about fitting the program to the person. She believes that taking small steps when making dietary and lifestyle modifications are key to a lifetime of wellness, and that a lifetime of wellness includes whole foods and happy movement!
Her other interests include preventative nutrition for cardiovascular health, inflammatory diseases, diabetes, stress management, and how all of these chronic diseases weave in and out of each other. She is passionate about empowering her clients to gain the knowledge needed to live a healthy life, and putting the knowledge into action.
Outside of the office Emmilia enjoys exploring Washington State and all it has to offer, playing the piano, running, biking, petting every single dog she meets, perusing the farmers markets for new and delicious produce, and spending time with her family and friends.
Heather Gerrish, MS, RDN, ACSM EP-C
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Heather is a graduate of Washington State University where she pursued a Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science from the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, Washington. Heather is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist as well as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has completed the national requirements to become an Exercise Physiologist-Certified, awarded by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2017. She has a passion for sports nutrition and one day hopes to pursue board certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics as well as continue her experience counseling and sharing nutrition education with the community. She also is a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition focus group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
While completing her graduate degree, Heather experienced a multitude of clinical and outpatient settings including experience counseling patients at Sacred Heart Medical Center as a Nutrition Ambassador and later as a Neonatal Enteral Nutrition Technician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Heather’s interest in nutrition and exercise, which lead her to pursue a dual degree program in dietetics emphasizing exercise physiology, stemmed from her Mother who was a professional figure skater and from her own personal interest as an avid runner and active
Research and development in the field of nutrition and exercise is also an exciting and important component to Heather’s career. She has been involved in multiple research studies, one leading to a peer reviewed publication and travel to the International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain in 2016. Heather hopes to one day pursue a Ph.D. in nutrition and continue learning as a professional in the field while engaging the community in professional development and education. Heather is interested in sports nutrition, weight loss counseling, nutrition therapy for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and nutrition across the lifespan.
As a top student in her graduate program and avid supporter of providing the most recent and relevant nutrition information, Heather is excited to share her knowledge and experience as a member of the Nutrition Authority team.
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.
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.
Sandra Pearce, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Sandra is a dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who loves helping others achieve their goals. She found her passion in people and food and has put the two together, creating a career that brings joy to her each day. “Empowering people is my passion!” Says Sandra, and you can see it whenever you speak with her. She enjoys sharing with others the truths about nutrition and how foods affect our bodies while showing them the grace we all deserve as humans trying to figure it all out in this ever-changing world.
Whatever your nutritional concern is, Sandra will help guide you on your journey to health and wellness by using her knowledge and creativity to assist you in reaching YOUR goals and feeling the joy of improved health.
Sandra graduated with honors from Seattle Pacific University with her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a mother, daughter, sister and friend and loves spending time with all of them. In her free time Sandra teaches nutrition lessons at schools in her local area, finds her way to parks, craft stores, farmers markets and the softball field.