“I strive to empower children and families to set goals to reach their optimum health,” says Natalie Damen, dietitian with Providence Pediatric Specialties. “Goals should always be attainable and sustainable so they can be achieved.” Natalie is passionate about helping children manage their health with nutrition and potentially prevent chronic disease later in life. She provides the tools and resources to support families in leading healthy lifestyles “My job is rewarding as I have the opportunity to make a difference for kids early in life so they can grow up to be the future leaders of our communities. Nutrition plays a role in everyone’s daily lives and can affect lifelong health, and our interventions can make a huge impact,” she says. Natalie has always loved science and cooking, and she finds nutrition to be the perfect combination of the two. Her interest in nutrition sparked when she spent a summer teaching nutrition to kids with Type 1 diabetes at Bearskin Meadow Camp in California. Nutrition is an evolving field and Natalie enjoys staying up-to-date on the latest research. Natalie was born in Bellevue, Wash., and grew up in the greater Seattle area. Her hobbies include baking, running, biking, hiking and skiing. She also loves to spend time with her family in the mountains at Lake Chelan and Lake Wenatchee.
Oregon Health and Science University Dietetics
Oregon Health and Science University Human Nutrition