Hi! I’m Elizabeth. And like Anna, I also co-own a group practice, Pinney Davenport Nutrition with dietitians who follow the same balanced principals around food, physical activity and body image. We guide our clients and their families toward positive relationships with food.
I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband, our two daughters and our Scottish Terrier, Nessie.
I’ve always loved to cook. My earliest memory of cooking was in preschool when my classmates and I made a lunch of open-faced toasted cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for our parents. I have a vivid memory of standing on a chair at the stove and stirring that tomato soup. I felt such a sense of confidence and calm standing on that chair stirring away!
After graduating from college in the early 90’s, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After some soul searching, I decided I wanted to cook for a living. A few informational interviews with a couple of chefs in Columbus, Ohio later, I decided I wanted to jump in and put my passion for cooking to work. I worked as a line cook and then eventually as a baker. I loved it! I learned so much about food, cooking and creativity during those years. And I had the honor of working with some amazing people.
Eventually, I grew weary of the long hours and low pay. What could I do for a living that would allow me to use my knowledge and love of food? After some help from a friend thinking it though, I decided I’d apply to grad school for a Masters of Public Health in nutrition. I wanted to stay in North Carolina where I had been living since the mid-90s. So, I applied to UNC Chapel Hill and was accepted.
That’s where Anna and I met. We became good friends and bonded over our upcoming weddings and similar philosophies about food. I thought I’d get my degree in nutrition and go to work teaching kids to cook or go into private practice. I also worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. I actually took over part of Anna’s job when she moved.
After having children, I decided to go into private practice and focus on working with people with eating disorders and guiding people back towards intuitive eating. In my home and at work, I promote positive, intuitive relationships with food. I’m so excited to share with you all I’ve learned and continue to learn about food, nutrition, cooking and the quest for work-life balance.