Hey there, I'm McKenna
Or as some call me, mack, kenn, it's really up to you
Education + Certifications
BS Kinesiology: Western Washington University
Holistic Nutritionist: Institute of Holistic Nutrition
CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist): NSCA
Level 1 Nutrition Coach: Precision Nutrition
A few things
Most days I'd rather be traveling, baking, learning about different cultures, connecting with friends around the world, & eating the foods from those places. After finishing school & considering what was next, I moved to Madrid, Spain & called it home for a bit. In the fall of 2022, I moved to Ontario, Canada to work for a long-time mentor & fellow nutritionist. I quickly called Canada my home away from home.
I was born in the beautiful state of Washington & while it will always be my first home, I believe that the people in our lives are what truly make a place, a home.
Friends & family might say...
I frequently devour food, experiment with sourdough bread regularly, collect jars, whip up nutritious meals (although sometimes a fail), enjoy researching health-related topics, like to learn about photography & design, a bit disorganized, & usually in bed by 9 (although the Spanish lifestyle pushed this back a little).
A bit more personal
In Highschool, I knew I wanted to learn about exercise science as I grew up playing sports but quickly watched my performance plummet. I began struggling with my weight & alongside that, my self-confidence went out the window. Needless to say, I wanted to look better & feel healthier. So, I started.
I started moving more. I started eating more vegetables. I started caring less about what others thought & quickly, things started to change. I didn't have help, I didn't know anything about losing weight, & I had never lifted a dumbbell in my life - but I managed to lose over 30 pounds. This sparked a passion to learn more about the body & how I could help others with something similar.
In 2018, I graduated from Western Washington University with my bachelor's in Kinesiology. I later became a CSCS, worked 1:1 with youth athletes, & began diving into the world of nutrition, where I quickly discovered just how important proper nourishment is for our performance on the field, but more importantly, our health as a WHOLE. In 2021, I graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) - one of the most impactful experiences of my life.
But honestly, those years weren't easy.
In 2017, I began developing severe digestive issues which led me down a LONG path of my own health challenges including; eating disorders, kidney stones, colitis, H. Pylori, Gastritis, SIBO, amenorrhea, hyperthyroidism, autoimmunity, osteopenia, & more. It's been a VERY long journey, to say the least. One that I'm still on & will always be.
But through persistence, finding the right support, many years of studying, & experimenting with what works for my body, I've found resources & made lifestyle changes that have had incredible impacts on my life.
Overcoming these challenges, & understanding that it's a lifelong process, is what led me to become a Holistic Nutritionist. I know what it's like to walk a similar path & my hope is to provide you the support I once needed when I was in your shoes.
Today, half of my time is spent supporting women in their health-related businesses while the other half is spent meeting with clients one-on-one to feel more confident in their skin, navigate chronic illnesses, move with less pain, find enjoyment throughout the process, & most importantly, feel happier.
I couldn't be more in love with the work I get to do, hearing client stories, & being a part of their journey. Whether you're here for the first time, have tried a recipe, interested in sourdough, or want to work together, I hope to soon be a part of your journey too - leaving you feeling inspired, curious, & excited.