Meet Tammy, your autism dietitian nutritionist that loves working with kids on the autism spectrum and any type of client that is ready to embrace change.
Tammy received her BS in Nutrition at Arizona State University and completed her Dietetic Internship with Maricopa County Public Health. Tammy’s professional experience includes public health nutrition and weight loss. As a busy mom of four, including one with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tammy is familiar with feeding challenges and pleasing picky eaters!
Tammy’s ideal client:
Tammy loves to work with expectant moms, kids on the autism spectrum and people who are ready to embrace change! She is our autism dietitian expert! She doesn’t really have an ideal patient because she is excited to meet new people and help them face their challenges head on.
I am loving my experience with Tammy Leeper. She goes above with her care for her clients. I love the encouragement she gives along with the nutrition lessons. I’m learning food is not the enemy.
Focus areas include:
- Autism, including healthy growth and food acceptance
- Baby and child nutrition, including pediatric weight management, food allergies, picky eating, transitioning
- Mom health, including healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding support, weight loss after baby, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia
- General nutrition and disease prevention
- Disordered eating, including anorexia, bulimia, and ARFID
Why is Tammy a dietitian?
“This was a rather long journey and so many experiences played a role in becoming a dietitian! I decided to return to school when my kiddos got older but felt I needed to pursue something where I could give back.
Always, I have been fascinated with food, health, and wellness. I became more committed to nutrition when I reflected on my family’s experience with autism and chronic health conditions. There were significant challenges. I decided to be who I needed when I was younger.”
How does Tammy stay healthy?
Tammy practices moderation in all things! She does yoga, walks 3.5 miles 3 nights a week (with her hubs and yellow lab), eats a balanced diet and enjoys a hobby or two. Spending time with family and friends is also a critical component of her healthy lifestyle.
What else should you know about Tammy?
She has lived in the Mesa/Gilbert area for 30+ years, but also lived in California and Illinois. Tammy and her husband have a blended family that includes four kids, three dogs, two tortoises, and a cat…plus two really adorable grandchildren too!