KATE PETERS, MS, RD, LD
I am a registered dietitian born in Austin and raised in Round Rock, TX. I graduated with a B.S. in nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin and completed my masters in nutrition from Texas Woman's University with a focus in eating disorders. I enjoy working with all ages including children, adolescents, young adults, and adults along with couples, families, and sports teams. I believe every single person has the ingredients to develop a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and their bodies, but sometimes need guidance and support to discover that ability within. I take a non-diet approach to nutrition and weight management and help my clients reduce the power they give to food that determines whether their day is "good" or "bad". Freedom from yo-yo dieting is possible and it's time we throw out the long list of food and exercise "rules" that run our day-to-day choices and lives.
Before transitioning to private practice in 2012, I worked for almost three years as the full-time dietitian at a treatment center for eating disorders. There I was able to expand my training and develop a therapeutic approach to nutrition where I empower my clients to re-connect their minds and bodies to meet their physiological and emotional needs free from guilt and without being restrictive. I use an evidence-based approach to help my clients see they can eat in a balanced way while still enjoying their favorite foods regularly.
As a former athlete, I understand the importance of fueling for sports performance and love working with athletes to help them take their training to the next level. I also work with several club and school sports teams to provide educational talks for in-season and off-season training. Please contact me for more information on how we can work together to help your entire team excel!
STERLING BITTENBENDER, RD, LD
I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where I received my BS in Nutrition. I am a registered and licensed dietitian currently practicing in Austin, TX.
Throughout my time at UT and in my professional career I have worked in a variety of settings pertaining to nutrition, including non-profit organizations, athletic performance testing centers, weight management clinics and eating disorder treatment facilities.
In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to go to Namibia, Africa to develop a nutrition education program for underprivileged youth. The main focus of this program was utilizing solar energy for means of nutrition. The implementation and execution of this program was successful and six years later is still in practice at the center.
The experience I gained while working with adolescents in Namibia inspired me to work with families a little closer to home. For the past three years I have worked as a full-time registered dietitian at an eating disorder treatment facility in the partial hospitalization level of care. Working in this environment allowed me to understand not only the connection between nutrition and physical health, but also the connection between nutrition and mental health as well. I strongly believe food can heal both your body and your mind. My skill set has expanded to focus on nutrition counseling because having a balanced relationship with nutrition and your body is more complicated than just learning about the food.
I believe in a freedom from dieting approach. I am privileged to be joining the KP Nutrition Therapy team and am excited to help people reignite their relationship with food and their bodies.