Put Our Expertise Behind Your Change
We believe you deserve to lead a life of empowered health based on your personal wisdom, experience, values. We commit to walk beside you in your personal health journey with support that is grounded in evidence, respect and a true understanding of your goals.
Our team of registered dietitians trade hype for science-backed wisdom and personal experience. We exchange perfection-seeking plans for simple, human insights. And most importantly, we believe that personal growth can only come when we are curious and compassionate.
Meet Our Team
Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Jennifer is the owner and founder of McDaniel Nutrition Therapy and is the visionary for the direction of McDaniel Nutrition’s evidence-based services. She is a nationally-recognized media spokesperson and co-author of the Mediterranean Table Cookbook.
For each client we work with, our goal is to provide them with evidence-based, credible, up-to-date nutrition advice with a personalized and genuine approach. We go through rigorous training to become a Registered Dietitians, earning a B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics, and M.S. in Nutrition. Our education and countless hours of experience have been priceless in giving us the solid foundation we need to face the abundance of misinformation in nutrition my clients are faced with daily.
We would love to break you free from the roadblocks that are holding you back from achieving your goals.
Nikki Finkenthal, MA, RD, LDN
Areas of Interest: Weight Loss, Medical Nutrition Therapy
My individualized approach will honor your values and have you feeling strong, confident, and grounded. I promise a practice with no rigidity, restrictions, or judgement. I want to be someone you can rely on to help you learn how to nourish your body, learn to look inside yourself, and be mindful of your lifestyle choices and practices. I understand that it’s no easy feat to make lifestyle habit changes so expect endless support, guidance & encouragement every step of the way!
Melissa Brown, MPH, CHES, RD, LD
Areas of Interest: Weight Loss, Intutive Eating, Plant Based Diets, PCOS, Cancer
Melissa uses non-diet and intuitive eating approaches to help clients optimize dietary intake and improve their nutrition status with a focus on preventing or managing chronic disease. She has experience helping clients take charge of their nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment. Melissa practices joyful movement (with a personal interest in aerial arts, acroyoga, and bike commuting), finds joy in eating delicious food, and is a minor contributor to her partner’s large urban garden.
Sophie Puente, MS, RDN, LD
Areas of Interest: Sports Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Weight Loss
I believe in you. I promise to approach our sessions with the intention to meet you where you’re at, listen to your story, and facilitate a space that builds a healthy relationship around your nutrition needs and goals. We’re going to learn a lot and acknowledge progress as we make it. I promise to provide encouragement and support, a judgement free safe space, and guidance as we build a plan for you to have successful outcomes from this process.
Jamie Daugherty, PhD, RD, CSSD
Areas of Interest: Eating Disorders, Sports Nutrition
Jamie has been a dietitian for 16 years and brings many ingredients to the table. She spends her time in a few varied spaces within the food, nutrition and wellness realm – the kitchen, outdoors, and seeking new adventures around every corner. She connects with students and clients to facilitate building healthier relationships with food, nutrition, and movement. In addition to her work at McDaniel Nutrition, she is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Fontbonne University.
Heather Young, MS, RDN, LD
Areas of Interest: Eating Disorders, Family & Childhood Nutrition
Walt Whitman once said “Be curious not judgmental”. As a Registered Dietitian my
commitment is to provide a comfortable space where an evidence based dialogue can be fostered to guide you through a world that is inundated with nutritional information. This can seem daunting and the process of change can be challenging. So, no matter where you are in your journey my goal is to steer you from where you currently are to where you want to go.
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