A little about me: Courtney P

Hi! I’m Courtney Puidk, a registered dietitian with a passion for travel.

I took a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Illinois – Chicago then went on to earn my Master’s in Holistic Nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle. I never wanted to work in the clinical/hospital setting and was drawn to the culinary emphasis in the program at Bastyr, as well as the education on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). It was here that I got involved in policy as the Public Policy Chair on the Nutrition Student Council. This led me to Washington, DC for a Public Policy Workshop in 2013 just before graduation. I fell in love with DC and moved there a few months later, rotating through various internships in the food/nutrition policy world before beginning my dietetic internship (which I completed through Lenoir Rhyne University as a distance student living in DC).

I sat for my exam in August of 2015 and passed with flying colors 🙂

Now, that’s a lot of school! I paid my bills by bartending/waitressing, and working at gyms. First in customer service at the front desk; then, I caught the ‘group exercise’ bug and went after certifications in both Pilates and cycling. I am a Stott Pilates instructor, trained to teach on all of the equipment, which is quite an endeavor (as well as an international certification… so if I decide to stay in Europe, there’s that!). I’ve always worked hard.

Other passions and interests include public health/policy, cycling, cooking (which I personally believe should go without saying if you’re a dietitian), sustainability/the environment, travel, and writing.

So here’s how I’m going to start making all my interests come together… Traveling, and writing about all of the above!

I have also just been appointed to the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Nutrition in Washington DC.

You can find my resume and available services (including telehealth nutrition counseling) on my website, www.courtneypuidk.com