Meet Our Health Coaches

Our team of Health Coaches offers professional guidance for creating healthy habits. Whether you are interested in increased energy, planning delicious and balanced meals, or fitting more activity into your busy days, our experts can provide the daily support you need to make and maintain positive changes.

Chatting with our Health Coaches is a simple way to help maintain health in between care provider visits, as well as get guidance and support when you need it most – no appointments, in-person visits, or phone calls necessary.

Meet our Health Coaches

We asked our Health Coaches to introduce themselves. Check them out:

Lindsay Allen 

After playing sports most of her life and into college, food was always an important tool. Lindsay decided to pursue dietetics at Virginia Tech and later complete her internship with the University of Delaware to better help people meet their health potential. Lindsay provided nutrition counseling and support to members of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and for over a decade supported local governments with community education including nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and cancer prevention.

Lindsay has worked with Brook since 2016 and enjoys supporting members on a personal level. “It is amazing to see where someone begins and how far they can go with the right tools.” She is a firm believer that each person can succeed by setting attainable goals, being open to trying new things and reaching out for support. With three young children, Lindsay knows the challenges of staying healthy. Brook Health Coaches are here to help!

Outside of work, Lindsay is always outside being active with her family. She enjoys the sunny Florida weather and can be found biking, swimming, or spending time on the beach.

Taisha Bell, RDN

Taisha got on the path to becoming a dietitian by starting school for Nursing. After taking the required nutrition course she immediately knew dietetics was the career path for her. She enjoys creating gluten-free + plant-based recipes for her food blog, doing anything creative, music, hiking, camping, coffee, and dogs, especially her pup Thule! Taisha grew up in Montana and recently moved from NYC after completing her dietetic internship to Seattle.

Taisha’s approach to nutrition believes in identifying and implementing sustainable diet and lifestyle changes with her patients on an individualized level. Her goal is to help the individual enjoy food without guilt or bias while learning new ways to continually nourish their bodies with whole foods.

Caitlin Dunn, RDN

Caitlin realized she was interested in nutrition in the fifth grade after winning a blue ribbon in her school’s science fair for her presentation on heart disease. As her interest in health and nutrition grew through high school, she began looking to see if she could make this her career. She attended Boston University where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition science and has been working in the various aspects of the field for the past 10 years.

Caitlin’s approach to coaching is to meet clients where they are, and she recognizes that everyone has their own path to wellness. She works with her clients to uncover what eating styles work best for them and their lifestyle, so they have the best chance for success.

Karen, NBC-HWC

Karen is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Before joining Brook+, she worked on employer wellness programs for about 10 years. During that time, she was helping launch a pre-diabetes program when she was surprised to learn that she had pre-diabetes. She needed to make some lifestyle changes and a coach helped her discover the changes that were right for her. The coach inspired her to help others, so Karen is now a coach focusing on motivation and lifestyle change. She lives in Napa, California, and enjoys staying active with both tap and ballroom dance, organic vegetable gardening, healthful cooking, and walks with her husband and new puppy.

Heather King, MS, RDN, CDE

After a career as a National Park Service Ranger, Heather switched gears and attended graduate school at Bastyr University for a Master’s in Nutrition. Her grandmother was a summer camp nutritionist, and her mother cooked with tofu long before most people knew what that was, so you could say nutrition was quite literally in her blood. 

After grad school, Heather worked for a decade at local Seattle medical clinics, providing nutrition care to patients and working on her Certified Diabetes Educator credential. She started at Brook in June 2016. She is loving watching Brook grow into such an amazing tool for our members.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys biking and playing outside with her wife and 7-year old daughter, and tending to her backyard veggie garden. 

Tracey Martin, MS, CN, LMHCA

After working as a baker at a gluten-free bakery and creating wedding cakes as a side business, Tracey decided to pursue a graduate degree in nutrition. With her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington in hand, Tracey decided to continue her education with a Master’s in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University.

Tracey believes in a strong mind-body connection. She strives to help others make small changes that impact their overall health. She also enjoys helping others develop a positive relationship with food through the lens of mindful eating. Every individual is unique, and thus she believes that nutritional counseling should be an individualized process.

Outside of work, Tracey continues to bake at home in her spare time. She enjoys going for walks, practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Rashida Mize

Rashida grew up in Houston, Texas and has been an explorer in the kitchen alongside her parents even as a child. Her passion for nutrition was sparked in her teenage years when she began to  make lifestyle changes to improve her health and weight loss.

This did not shy her away from the kitchen at all, rather it ignited a spark in her to create incredible food that is good for you.

“I want everyone to know that eating healthy does not have to be boring, my goal is to help  others of all ages learn to get creative in the kitchen.”

Aside from Brook, Rashida spends most of her free time with her children and expressing herself through every avenue of creativity that she can as a small business bakery owner. She also enjoys swimming, farmers markets, and local vendor markets on the weekends.

Madison Service, RDN

Inspired by her own personal journey, Madison began pursuing her career as a Registered Dietitian while studying Nutrition & Food Science at Colorado State University. After learning about the power of natural medicine and whole food nutrition, she attended Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA for her dietetic internship after graduation. 

Madison enjoys supporting peoples’ health goals in a judgement-free, sensitive, and supportive environment through motivational coaching at Brook. She emphasizes mindful eating and working in partnership with each individual so they can best achieve their unique health goals. Nourishing not only patients’ physical bodies, but their minds as well, makes her job extremely rewarding.
In her free time, she is an adventure enthusiast and loves anything involving the outdoors including mountain biking, summiting peaks, and rock climbing. When not in the mountains, Madison enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, painting, and dancing to live music.

Cami Woomer, DTR

Nutrition wasn’t on Cami’s radar until college, where she started taking intro nutrition courses as electives in her childhood development/psychology classes. After falling in love with the science and application of nutrition, she switched majors and the rest is history. She holds a Bachelor’s of Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Cami is passionate about meeting people where they are and making nutrition accessible and using motivational interviewing techniques to help others achieve sustainable health goals and lifestyle changes. She’s a Certified Wellness Coach from WellCoaches and is eligible for the National Board Health & Wellness Coaching credential. 

Outside of Brook, you can find Cami outdoors hiking, camping, stand up paddle boarding, and biking with her husband and two dogs. She also enjoys expanding photography and videography skills in nature and with food.

Jaclyn Zubiena

Jaclyn always knew she wanted to help people. After getting her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology she went on to get trained as a life coach. When she was pregnant, she was diagnosed as having gestational diabetes. After she had her son it went away, but she was left with the knowledge that she was at a higher risk for developing type 2. With this knowledge, she made a commitment to continue to live a healthier lifestyle and she knew she wanted to help others do the same! She got trained and certified as a Health & Wellness Coach and went on to get trained as a NDPP (National Diabetes Prevention Program) Lifestyle Coach. She believes creating a healthier lifestyle is all about finding what works for YOU and she loves that she gets to help others with this through Brook+. When she’s not coaching, she enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Maria Contreras, BS

Maria started college with a goal of becoming a teacher, but after taking a class in nutrition she changed her degree path and earned a degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. Since then, she has worked in various positions leading health-related workshops, presentation’s and working one-on-one with clients. Maria also has experience developing, implementing, and assessing health promotion efforts. Her certifications include the National Diabetes Prevention Program Certification, Mental Health First Aid Certified and Certificate of Completion for Health Coaching from The Center of Excellence in Primary Care at UCSF. She has been with Brook since 2016.

“I find this work very rewarding and meaningful – it’s a privilege to be able to help people.”

Outside of work, you can find Maria chasing down her two toddlers and enjoying self-care activities like exercise, traveling and reading.

Joelle Malinowski, RDN, CDE

Joelle is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She became interested in nutrition after she fell helpless to that “Freshman 15” weight gain her first year in college. She was originally a journalism major but as she started to get healthier and found she enjoyed learning and talking about nutrition, she quickly switched gears. Journalism is still a passion and one she still pursues as the Media Spokesperson for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She works with the media to develop nutrition related stories and even writes a few articles of her own.

Joelle approach to coaching is client focused and individualized to their specific needs. She will help her clients overcome barriers, while tapping into their strengths to help them achieve their goals and be successful.

She is Originally from Long Island, but now a Saratoga springs/Albany gal. She enjoys staying active with hiking, kayaking, dancing and playing in the yard with her two pups.  However, her true love (beside her husband and pups) is acting and is often involved in community theater.

Elise Wade, RDN, LDN

Elise’s interest in nutrition began in college, when she wanted to learn how to stay healthy while following a vegetarian diet. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Seton Hill University. Elise worked in a clinical setting for almost ten years before making the move to Brook to focus on health and wellness coaching.  

Elise has a passion for nutrition education and counseling. She believes that no one diet works for everyone, but with the right guidance and support, each individual can learn to make healthy choices that work for his or her own lifestyle. Her favorite part of the job is seeing how small changes in eating habits and physical activity over time, can result in major improvements to individuals’ health and well being.

When she’s not working, Elise loves spending time outdoors with her family, camping, biking, and hiking with their dog. She also enjoys dancing, reading, and baking delicious treats for her loved ones.

Rachel VanEarden, RDN, CDN

Rachel grew up as multi-sport athlete and fell in love with nutrition when she noticed how important adequate nutrition is to performance. After realizing there’s so much more to nutrition than she originally thought, Rachel decided to pursue nutrition as a career. Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition from Russell Sage College.

Rachel believes that there is no “one size fits all” when to comes to health and nutrition, as everyone is on their own individualized journey. Rachel’s goal is to help people realize nutrition does not need to be complicated, and we must take care of ourselves in all aspects of health. Rachel enjoys seeing people flourish and enjoy life, all while reaching their health and wellness goals.

Outside of Brook, Rachel is the Dietitian for a long-term care and acute rehabilitation facility, as well as a Graduate Assistant for Russell Sage’s Dietetic Internship. Rachel also enjoys playing with her cat Madonna, exercising, baking, spending time with family, and exploring new restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques in her hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Key:

MS = Masters of Science degree

RDN = Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

CDE = Certified Diabetes Educator

CN = Certified Nutritionist (Washington State)

CDN = Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (State Credential)

LHMCA = Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (Washington State)

DTR = Dietetic Technician, Registered

NBC-HWC = National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach