Emma Nelson, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer, is a native to Nashville. Emma grew up as a competitive dancer which instilled in her a passion for fitness and performance nutrition. From a young age, she recognized the prevalence of under-fueling in sports, and knew she wanted to become a professional who could help bridge the knowledge gap through nutrition education.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at MTSU, Emma assisted grant funded research on nutrition interventions for injury rehabilitation in college athletes. She went on to complete the 1200-hour dietetic internship at Lipscomb University where she studied health promotion and wellness with a sports nutrition focus. While at Lipscomb University, she conducted more research in the sports nutrition sector.
Emma’s professional experience varies from long term care, inpatient care, outpatient counseling, and community nutrition. Additionally, she has worked as a fitness instructor for over four years. Emma finds that having a fitness background helps better serve clients and patients. She enjoys helping an active person learn how to fuel their body, not only for athletic performance, but also to feel their best across all areas of health.
Using an evidenced based approach, Emma hopes to educate and empower individuals to optimize nutrition to meet their goals for overall health and performance. She emphasizes the importance of having a healthy relationship with food in her practice and prides herself on being an empathetic and compassionate clinician and coach.
As an addition to TOA’s Dietitian services, Emma is available remotely for all things nutrition related, whether it be general nutrition, pre/post op nutrition, rehab nutrition, or sports nutrition. Emma is so thrilled to be a part of the TOA team and looks forward to supporting patients and improving outcomes.
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