Jamie joined SDRI in 2017. She left her first career as a Marine Biologist after realizing that her passion truly lies in preventive healthcare. Her father’s diagnosis of type 2 diabetes opened her eyes to the pitfalls of the typical Western diet, demonstrating the vital importance of healthy eating and lifestyle in disease prevention. Jamie has dedicated her life and career to mitigating the growing epidemic of this chronic disease, and to improving health outcomes for as many individuals as possible in the community. An interest in community-level change in the healthcare field led Jamie to pursue a Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley.
After receiving her MPH and RD at UC Berkeley, Jamie worked in research, employee wellness, and nutritional counseling at UC Berkeley and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland before returning to Santa Barbara and joining Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. Jamie is thrilled to be working as a Perinatal Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator at SDRI.