Jessica "Jessie" Burgess, RDN, LD
My name is Jessica, but I prefer Jessie. (She/ her pronouns)
I am a dietitian who has been practicing for over 4 years
in a variety of fields with nutrition.
I first fell in love with the science and beauty of nutrition when I competed
in a high school cooking competition. I didn’t know yet at the time what
a dietitian was, but I knew I loved the knowledge of nutrition. It took several
years working as a nurse assistant to discover the path of becoming a dietitian.
I have always wanted to dedicate my career to helping people, but none of my
majors (psychology and nursing) that I had selected felt right. When I discovered
dietetics and nutrition, I knew that this is what I want to do.
There is not one single person that has not been affected by diet culture. I was introduced to it at a very young age and I felt the pressure to be a certain size. I have always been fascinated by how food feeds our bodies, but I felt discouraged with the quick fixes that every diet culture message would say would work. In my journey of becoming a dietitian, I learned how to leave diet culture behind and shifted my focus to health and weight inclusion.
I have worked with a variety of populations and age groups. I helped families of all ages when I work as a WIC Coordinator. In a more clinical setting, I assisted patients with their nutrition in an inpatient and outpatient setting. I have assisted collegiate students and athletes with their nutrition and performance at the University of Central Missouri.
Now, I want to help you meet your goals and assist in with your health through the power of nutrition without the use of diet culture techniques.