Graduating Summa Cum Laude at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, her
bachelor’s degree is in Hospitality Management and Dietetics. She was born in Nashville
and raised in Hendersonville, TN. Jan is an identical twin and thinks this is the
most defining aspect of her life. She became interested in nutrition after her twin
developed an eating disorder. That opened the door to nutrition for Jan, and she has
been hooked ever since. Her interests include exercising with her dog, reading, cooking,
and learning…yes, learning. She is a member of Kappa Delta, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and
Order of Omega. After completing her Master’s and internship, she hopes to get a job
in Memphis or Nashville. Her interests in the field include oncology, pediatrics,
gastroenterology, endocrinology, nutrition support, and trauma. Eventually Jan plans
to open up a consulting dietetic practice specializing in gastroenterology, oncology,
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Kristi Edwards graduated Summa Cum Laude from
the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in Dietetics and a minor in Business.
She received the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award her senior year. Nutrition and
its affect on one’s health and performance had always interested Kristi, and at the
start of college she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She
quickly learned that a career in nutrition and dietetics would be the perfect fit.
Growing up, Kristi stayed active and involved in sports, work, and academics. She
carried this motivation with her to college, where she became involved in several
professional groups on campus and held leadership positions within her sorority. Kristi’s
interests lie in nutrition education, pediatrics, and business dietetics. She wrote
two nutrition articles for the Paris, Tennessee, Post Intelligencer. Her experience
with business internships would contribute to her success in a management position
or in her own private practice. She looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience
throughout this program which will contribute to her future endeavors of motivating
others and changing lives.
Eddie Han grew up in Memphis, TN, and he currently lives with his wife and daughter
in Cordova, TN. He graduated from Rhodes College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor
in Chinese Studies in 2009. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career in swimming.
However during that year, a food incident that occurred during a swim clinic in Shanghai,
China, caused him to realize his true calling – Nutrition! Afterwards, he decided
to pursue Dietetics full-heartedly and enroll at the University of Memphis. As an
undergraduate, he served as President of the University of Memphis Student Dietetic
Association and as Web Manager for the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
He chose this program because he felt that it would best prepare him for the future
as a registered dietitian, especially in the field of Pediatrics. Among his many accomplishments,
Eddie has traveled globally working with FINA during their World Swimming Championships.
During his free time, Eddie enjoys swimming, traveling, and spending time with his
Jessie was born in Hong Kong and came to the States to pursue her education in 2007.
Since young, Jessie had a great interest in food, and she spent her childhood cooking
with her mother. During high school, Jessie began overeating because of stress, and
as a result, she gained a significant amount of weight. It was then, she realized
the importance of healthy lifestyles, and this incident sparked her interest in becoming
a registered dietitian. Jessie graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor degree
in Dietetics and minors in Food Science and Animal Sciences. In college, she was involved
in multiple volunteer positions because she wanted to experience the different areas
of dietetics. Through volunteering, she learned that different types of communication
are very important in order to communicate with different individuals. She especially
enjoys working with children and older adults. Jessie hopes to be a clinical dietitian
working with cancer patients because her family members suffered from the disease.
She wants to find ways to provide cancer patients with a nutritious diet as well as
to improve their quality of life. Outside of class, Jessie loves cooking, hosting
potluck parties, learning different cultures, traveling and being outside when the
weather is nice. Jessie is very excited to be an intern at the University of Memphis,
and thinks the experiences will prepare her well for her future career.
Originally from the Sunshine State, Jennifer and her family relocated to Memphis in
2001. After graduating high school, Jennifer was awarded the Paul P. Piper Full four-year
Scholarship to Crichton College. She received a Bachelor of Science in Bio-medicine
from Crichton College in 2008 and in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
from The University of Memphis. She’s looking forward to pursuing a Dietetic Internship
and Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition, with a goal of becoming a skilled Registered
Dietitian. Jennifer is a dedicated student who loves to learn. She also enjoys staying
active as a runner and completing the occasional Marathon. Jennifer shares her love
for health with her husband Patrick, a soccer coach, and their furry companions Jethro
(canine) and Lady (feline).
Michelle was born and raised in a small town in rural Idaho. Growing up in a low-income
household with no health insurance, her family focused on nutrition and supplementation
to keep healthy. She loved the idea of not relying so heavily on pharmaceuticals,
but was frustrated by the lack of evidence-based guidance available to the general
population. Michelle started her education at the University of Montana but quickly
transferred to Idaho State University when she learned of the dietetics profession.
She aspires to use her education and skills as a dietitian to work in a private holistic
clinic focusing on chronic conditions. Michelle loves reading, cooking, and anything
that involves spending time in the great outdoors. She hopes to use her love of cooking
to inspire people to spend more time in the kitchen and less time in the drive-through.
She chose the program at UM because she feels the education she will receive there
will prepare her to excel in the field.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Amy Schiller earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree
in Biology from the University of Memphis in 2006. She then completed her DPD coursework
at the U of M in 2013 where she also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the SDA.
Amy recently participated in the Nutrition in Florence program where she had the opportunity
to train in the kitchen with head chefs and learn about Italy’s progressive food culture.
She is a Specialty team member at Whole Foods Market where she enjoys learning about
all natural and organic eating. After becoming vegetarian at the age of 18, Amy saw
a huge improvement in her health and lifestyle choices, which paved the way for a
future in nutrition education. She is passionate about community nutrition and the
role of plant based diets in disease prevention. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending
time with her husband and two children, family walks with their dog and vegan baking.
Allyson Sy was born in San Francisco, CA and graduated with a B.S in Clinical Nutrition
from UC Davis. Allyson’s interest in nutrition was almost instinctive; since she was
young, she always gravitated towards healthier food options even though it wasn’t
the norm in her Chinese-Filipino family. As a self-described “omnivorous foodie,”
she believes that a balanced and healthy diet is not only the key to happy eating,
but also a happy life. In addition to surrounding herself with food, Allyson loves
to surround herself with people. She especially enjoyed working with her patients
at Imani Clinic, a student-run clinic founded to serve primary care to underserved
African-Americans in Sacramento, CA. She now credits cultural responsiveness as a
crucial foundation for any career in healthcare. Coming from a low-income family herself,
she understands the difficulty of trying to navigate through the medical establishment
while facing social, cultural, and economic adversity. Using her Tagalog and Spanish,
she plans to bridge ethnic divides and help minority patients overcome language barriers.
Allyson was able to incorporate both her passion for nutrition and her flair for teaching
by interning with the UC Davis Nutrition in Schools, Shaping Healthy Choices Program.
She independently created a MyPlate-based curriculum that is now being implemented
in various elementary schools and hopes to pursue similar endeavors in the future.
As an RD, Allyson plans to work in clinical settings and use nutrition education as
a step to preventative care. Living abroad in Argentina and the Philippines gave her
the confidence to move away to Memphis TN to pursue these goals and she is excited
to experience firsthand what “Southern hospitality” is all about.
Perrin Tamblyn is from Mobile, Alabama. She completed her undergraduate degree in
Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics at Auburn University. She served as the
Community service chair for Auburn University’s Student Dietetic Association from
2011-2012, and served as the Vice President from 2012-2013. She is very interested
in the areas of nutrition relating to oncology, renal, pediatrics, and epidemiology
as it relates to the rise of obesity and diabetes in America. She worked as a high
school youth director during her undergraduate years, and thoroughly enjoys working
with children. In her free time she loves traveling, running, camping, and spending
time with her friends and family.
Erin Tobey, a native Memphian, graduated in 2010 from the University of California,
Davis with a major in Nutrition Science. Erin grew up in a health-centered home and
is naturally drawn to the field of nutrition. After 4 years at UC Davis where many
hours were spent working at a food Co-op, volunteering in a healthy kids program,
and interning in a WHNRC kitchen, her passion for healthy living grew into a desire
to pursue a career in nutrition. After graduation, Erin enrolled in the University
of Memphis to finish her DPD requirements and maintained her full-time job as an office
assistant an Orthodontic clinic. Now, she is excited to embark on the journey to becoming
a Registered Dietitian. After successfully completing the dual MS/DI program at the
University of Memphis, Erin hopes to work in sports nutrition and wellness, where
she will be able to incorporate both her fervor for fitness and her passion for nutrition.
Anna Tuttle, a native Memphian, is excited to start the dietetic internship program
at the University of Memphis. Anna is a second-career student who holds a B.S. in
Biological Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. in Biology
(with a concentration in wildlife management) from the University of Memphis. She
worked in research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for three years before
taking the plunge into dietetics. Anna was interested in the field due to her struggles
with weight as a young adult and her newfound love of running. She has currently run
22 marathons with the ultimate goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. Anna also
enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, reading, gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Although Anna’s main interest when starting DPD courses was community/sports nutrition,
she now has a great deal of interest in clinical dietetics and lactation consulting.
She looks forward to learning more about the broad spectrum of nutrition and dietetics
to help her become a skilled registered dietitian.
Amanda was born and raised in Chesapeake, VA. She received her Bachelor’s in Human
Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a concentration in Dietetics from Virginia Tech
in May 2013. During her undergraduate career, she pursued her passion for children
by working as a children’s gym instructor, camp counselor, babysitter, and Walt Disney
World cast member. Originally a civil engineering major, she completed an internship
at The Walt Disney World Resort in Spring 2010, where friends led her to her true
calling of nutrition. She conquered her own health condition through an elimination
diet that alleviated all of her symptoms. After learning how closely related health
and nutrition are, she wanted to prevent diseases for others through nutrition too.
Upon completion of the program at the University of Memphis, she hopes to combine
her passion for nutrition and children as a pediatric clinical dietitian in a hospital
setting. Her nutrition interests are pediatrics, chronic disease, and research. In
her free time, Amanda enjoys going to Zumba, baking, and visiting Disney World.