Hi, my name is Laura Schmidt the wife, mom and registered dietitian behind Dietitian Laura.
I began my journey in nutrition when I was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 13. Through the process of seeing multiple doctors and running numerous tests, it was such a relief to have a answer to why I was constantly sick.
My daily symptoms included persistent stomach aches and GI issues, an eye stigmatism, joint pain, headaches, brain fog, weight loss and depression. As a 13 year old, these were brushed off by one doctor as part of “puberty” and a desire to make myself sick. After speaking to a family friend, they recommended testing for Celiac Disease due to the symptoms being similar to their brother with the condition. We spoke with my pediatrician and had the testing done that was positive for Celiac.
The only treatment was to make a dietary change to a completely gluten free diet. At the time, there was nowhere near the information or products on the market for a gluten free diet. It took me a while to get a hang of the gluten free diet, as I had minor slip ups with food I didn’t know contained gluten. My symptoms started to improve, so I wanted to continue to learn more about how our diet effects our health. I did lots of research and worked with a local dietitian to create a support group in our area. Through the group, I learned from others about the condition. In a few years, I was leading some of the meetings as a high school student! I continue to participate in this group and lead grocery tours to help people get started on the gluten free diet.
My passion for nutrition continued as I wanted to help others feel their best by fueling their bodies properly beyond the gluten free diet. I decided to pursue my dream to become a dietitian. I completed my undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University with a major in Nutrition and also went to complete my internship at Lipscomb with rotations in the Nashville and Columbia, TN area. I completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice with a wide variety of experiences including clinical, outpatient, dialysis, WIC, pediatric, bariatric, geriatrics and more. I went on to pass the board to become a Registered Dietitian.
I have experience working with all areas periods of life, from pregnancy to geriatrics. I understand how making dietary changes can be difficult, so I would love to work with you to help you feel your best! Let’s find the right balance that works best for your individualized needs!
Call Middle Tennessee Women’s Health Group to make an appointment: 931-381-3030.