My name is Laura Disharoon (she/her/hers). I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN) with over thirteen years of clinical nutrition experience and a passion for digestive health. I also live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) myself, and I am all too familiar with the discomfort, embarrassment, and anxiety that digestive issues can cause.
I became a dietitian because of my love of science, people, and food. I hold a BS in Biology from UCLA, as well as an MS in Nutrition and Applied Physiology from Columbia University Teachers College. I completed my dietetic internship at San Francisco State University in 2008. I have a solid foundation in clinical nutrition and education, having worked extensively with clients one-on-one as well as in groups (in person and online). I consider myself an extrovert, and I love engaging with people in these different forums.
I completed the Monash University "Low FODMAP Diet for IBS" online training course for health professionals in September 2020. I've also attended trainings with Kate Scarlata RDN and Patsy Catsos RDN, renowned FODMAP diet experts in the United States. In 2015, I had the good fortune of attending Monash University's Gastrodiet conference in Prato, Italy! I love learning about nutrition and IBS, and I am committed to staying up to date on this topic.
I live in the quaint town of Petaluma, California, located in beautiful Sonoma County. In my free time I enjoy yoga, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I care about the environment, and I try to make choices in my daily life that support the health of our planet. I am committed to social justice and learning more about the history of racism in the United States as well as what it means to be white or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in this country. I welcome feedback on how I show up as an ally, even if it feels uncomfortable for me.
I am a single mama to my three-year-old son Miles, with a supportive co-parent, family, and friends who are my "village." I know how challenging it can be to balance work and parenting while also trying to find time to prepare foods that agree with me. Covid-19 added another layer of stress, uncertainty, and parenting duties that were once unthinkable, and I am finding that community is now more important than ever.
Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me. Please contact me today if you are interested in joining my group program!