Joanna Helm

Hello all! My name is Joanna Helm and I am a second year masters student in Clinical Nutrition. I am also a trainee in the Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities interdisciplinary program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.

I was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in the saddle on my horse and bike. Those sports took me to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont before returning me to Colorado to begin my first round of college and a degree in Restaurant & Resort Management. This road was easy and well paved for 12 years until my friend had a baby girl who was diagnosed with Phenylketonuria (PKU). I discovered my true passion in Inherited Metabolic Diseases and decided to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

I completed my undergraduate work at Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver and headed west to OHSU. Food, beer, the ocean and mountains all within an hour- it is a little slice of utopia for me! I hope you will enjoy my posts, have a laugh and learn a bit about life at OHSU. Be well!

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