MEET THE TEAM
If you are ready to fuel your body for better health and let go of rigid food rules, then it's time for us to meet!
MICHELLE WEINBENDER, RDN (she/her)
FOUNDER & REGISTERED DIETITIAN
JACIE VAN BLARICOM, RDN (she/her)
TEAM ASSOCIATE & REGISTERED DIETITIAN
I graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, and completed my dietetic internship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have been a Registered Dietitian for 7 years, working with a variety of clients, largely in rural health communities.
My interest in nutrition began when my youngest brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11. After years of learning alongside him, I became passionate about food and how it affected his health. My motivation to learn continued when my second brother was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, 7 years later. I enjoy connecting with clients through individualized care- helping heal their relationship with food and their bodies, and to make healthful eating a natural and fun part of their lifestyles.
Currently credentialed with Premera Blue Cross, Regence, and Kaiser Permanente (Core and PPO plans).
I have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for over 25 years. Having grown up in the 80's, I am now very aware of the weight conscious society I lived in back then. Even today, success is tied to being thin while being overweight represents a lack of will power.
I attended Central Washington University majoring in Psychology hoping to work as a school counselor. Once I took a nutrition class as a basic requirement, I was hooked on the concept that weight and nutrition could be managed at a biological level. I added a nutrition degree to my diploma and left CWU ready to take on the world teaching about healthy eating.
After working in several settings of food and nutrition, I have settled on the practice of non-diet approach and health at many sizes. My training in clinical nutrition is the backdrop for my treatment approach to disordered eating and chronic disease.
Credentialed with Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, Regence, Kaiser Permanente (Core and PPO plans), Aetna, Asuris, Cigna, United Healthcare, Molina* Community Health Plan* Amerigroup* Coordinated Care*.
MEGAN WEINBENDER (she/her)
I'm a natural people-person and enjoy thinking outside of the box. I am the billing administrator for Michelle Weinbender Nutrition and I want to help make your experience with us as memorable as possible. I love what I do because I love helping people. I am here to handle all of your billing needs and answer your insurance questions.