Meet Nikki registered dietitian nutritionist.
Erika “Nikki” grew up in Southern California and has been an Arizona resident since 2020. Nikki graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with her B.S. in Nutrition and from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where she completed both her M.S. in Nutrition & Metabolism and Dietetic Internship. She believes in an “all foods fit” approach to nutrition and enjoys working with patients to find food freedom in their lives.
Nikki’s ideal client:
Nikki’s ideal client: She enjoys working with individuals who have the motivation to improve their overall health and wellness. She educates using realistic approaches and helps clients achieve their health goals. She uses a non-diet approach to help others prevent or treat disease.
Her ideal client is willing to embrace a non-diet lifestyle and is open to practicing a mindful/intuitive eating approach towards nutrition.
Focus areas include:
- Eating Disorders
- Other-Specified Eating Feeding or Eating Disorder
- Breaking the Diet Cycle and Intuitive Eating
- Medical Nutrition Therapy/General Nutrition
- Heart Disease
- Men’s Health
- Women’s Health
- Weight Loss
Why is Nikki a registered dietitian nutritionist?
I chose to go into the field of nutrition and dietetics because it combined my interests of working with people and learning about the science of food and how it impacts our lives. I started my educational career in Psychology and began to understand how better to work with people and through continuing my education, I became a Registered Dietitian. Being a Registered Dietitian meant that I could continue to learn how best to work with people and find their motivations for achieving healthier lives along with the ability to provide education and information about how to do so. I chose to become a Registered Dietitian because I know that navigating the world of nutrition and health can be difficult; I strive to help make that learning opportunity a little bit easier for any and every person I work with.
How does Nikki stay healthy?
Nikki stays healthy by honoring her body’s cravings through intuitive eating and incorporating mindful and enjoyable movement. She enjoys swimming, taking her dog Kona for walks and group fitness classes like kickboxing and HIIT. Nikki believes that health incorporates not only physical wellness, but mental wellness as well.
What else should you know about Nikki?
When Nikki is not working, she enjoys reading, baking, or spending time with her friends and family. She has one dog named Kona who loves playing fetch with a tennis ball and could play all day. Other fun facts about Nikki is that she re-reads the Harry Potter book series every summer and one of her favorite places to go is Trader Joe’s!