Hi! My Name is Jess
"I have been helping women achieve their weight loss goals for over 10 years."
The best title I have? Life changer.
Protein-loving, vegetable-obsessed, wife, mom, Registered Dietitian, marathoner, wanderlusting adventurer. I have a lot of titles. And I love them all.
You see my goal in life is to inspire, encourage, challenge and educate you to push yourself to reach YOUR goals, live your best life and rediscover the joy within yourself.
My passion for nutrition began my senior year in high school. As a sports nut, I was eager to learn more about food and its effect on the body. More specifically my body. I wanted to learn how food (the “right” foods that is) could help my sports performance. So my senior years I completely changed my eating habits.
Gone were the days of cookies, junk food and other processed foods. Instead, I started preparing salads, fruits and lean proteins to take to track meets. I even started doing the grocery shopping and making meals for my parents! That track season, I flew past many of my self-imposed goals and even competed in the state track meet! (PS - I just missed beating the school record for the mile by 1 second!)
That is when I decided to become a dietitian. I knew it was my calling to share how good food can change your life. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2007 with a degree in Dietetics, I began working with the West Des Moines School District. Through a couple of career changes, I gained more connection with my clients as a dietitian for Mercy Hospital, Koch Facial Plastic Surgery and lastly, The Spa at West Glen.
My mission is simple:
Achieving a healthy lifestyle can be fun, tasty, simple and affordable. Using evidence-based nutrition information, healthy, family-friendly recipes and inspiration to live each day to the fullest, let me guide you on your own “expedition” to whole health.
Hi! My Name is Jennifer
I was born and raised for half of my life in San Bernardino. California. My Mom decided to move us to Iowa when I was 14 years old so we can be closer to her family. I have lived in two different states in Mexico, 4 years in Durango MX and 1 ½ in Guanajuato, MX. I really loved it there, it is so beautiful, and the life is so slow paced compared to here in the States. I am married to my best friend and have 4 beautiful children who literally drive me crazy most days.
My love for running and playing sports all started my sophomore year of High School when my new friends talked me into joining the basketball team. Although I wasn’t the best at this sport, I loved how it made me more social and helped me make more friends who then convinced me to go out for track. Track is where I fell in love with running and the adrenaline rush I would get right before a race.
I have always had a passion for trying to maintain an active healthy life but have never been the best at it. It was literally just recently I contacted one of my best friends from high school (A.K.A Jessica Schroeder) to start getting some help on eating healthier so I can achieve my goal of losing some weight and to start toning my body a little. I started on this journey in mid- March of this year (right before the corona virus took over) and have lost over 20 lbs now. Not only did eating healthy help me lose weight it also helped me become more confident in myself and has given me more energy to accomplish more
things in my day-day life.
I have found my passion not only for exercise but I have found my passion for healthy eating and am now very passionate to share my experience and knowledge to others who a struggling with managing their weight and eating healthy.
Hi! My Name is Alex
Hi, my name is Alex Ceryanec and I’m a Registered Dietitian with Expedition Wellness. I’m an Iowa native, I grew up in Cedar Rapids and now live in Des Moines with my husband, Matt, and our dog, Mabel! I have a B.S. in Health and Human Physiology from University of Iowa, a B.S. in Dietetics from Iowa State University, and I did my Dietetic Internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
My background is in clinical nutrition with experience in pediatrics and adults as well as specialty in cystic fibrosis, nutrition support, GI disorders, Endocrine disorders, and weight loss. Like many, as I was growing up I felt like I was constantly inundated with the media’s interpretation of what nutrition should be and it usually felt confusing or conflicting.
During my time at University of Iowa I got a snippet of science based nutrition and fell in love with learning just how feeding our body actually affects our mental and physical health. Once I learned that Registered Dietitian was a career path I jumped on board and went on to study Dietetics as well. I am passionate about nutrition, education, and body positivity.
I believe that everybody is unique and each individual should be armed with the personal knowledge, and confidence, on how to properly fuel and care for their body. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals and finding a sustainable healthy lifestyle!
Hi! My Name is Brittney
Hi, I'm Brittney Heath, a Dietitian Assistant with Expedition Wellness. I grew up in small-town Iowa, but left shortly after college with my husband. After nearly 15 years of living out of state, we returned home with our two young children and are so happy to be back!
Growing up, I enjoyed watching and helping my mom cook. She was always trying new recipes, and wasn't afraid to serve us interesting dishes with out-of-the ordinary ingredients. Around the age of 14, I decided I preferred to eat vegetarian (lacto-ovo), however, my parents and siblings continued to eat meat. I experimented and quickly learned healthy substitutes and alternative protein options for myself.
Now, as the mother of two growing kids, I focus a lot on feeding my family healthy meals that will fuel us all; both physically and mentally. We eat mostly meatless in our home, so we consume a lot of eggs, beans, tofu, and other meat substitutes. I enjoy cooking a variety of dishes from other cultures, and try to expose my children to as many fruits, vegetables, and spices as possible! My goal is to help them build a strong foundation with their diets. I hope they have an expansive palate and an understanding that eating healthy can be fun!
Hi! My Name is Payton
I love all things food, sports and being outdoors! I grew up in Eastern Iowa and now live in Grimes with my husband. My love for food began when I was just a little girl in the kitchen baking with my mom. It wasn’t until I entered high school track that I realized just how much impact the food I ate had on my performance. With this new found knowledge put into action I was able to improve my times each year and ended my high school career qualifying for a total of 10 events at the State track meet and setting 2 school records.
While sports were my initial passion in the world of nutrition, I later realized why I was called into this field when I was diagnosed with celiac disease my senior year of college (this means I can’t eat gluten). While this diagnosis was no easy task to undertake, it grew my passion for nutrition even more. I have learned so much through my experiences and know first-hand how hard it can be to make a big change to your diet. Having celiac disease has given me a great desire to help those who also struggle with GI issues and food allergies or intolerances. It is my ultimate mission to help people realize just how good they can feel when nourishing their body appropriately.
As for my education, I attended Iowa State University where I completed my B.S. in Dietetics. I then moved to Milwaukee, WI to complete my dietetic internship and M.S. in Dietetics from Mount Mary University. Along with being a Registered Dietitian, I am also a Certified Personal Trainer and enjoy teaching group fitness classes. When I’m not cooking or exercising you can find me cheering on the Cyclones with my family!
Hi! My Name is Emily
Hi! My name is Emily and I’m a Registered Dietitian with Expedition Wellness. I grew up in Quincy, IL, but now live in West Liberty, IA with my husband, Mason, and our twin boys. I have a B.S. in Dietetics from Western Illinois University and completed my dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A few of my favorite things include wine, the hawks, minimalism, Hamburg Inn on a Saturday morning, frozen pizza, patio weather, and Taylor Swift.
In addition to Expedition Wellness, I also work as an outpatient dietitian at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. While I love the complexity of managing kid’s tube feedings and I.V. nutrition, I also love helping people to feel more confident in their bodies and food choices. I believe that all foods can fit in your diet and that health comes in all shapes and sizes. Nutrition is not one size fits all and should be tailored to each person’s lifestyle.
So together, let’s come up with a plan to achieve your goals!
Hi! My Name is Becca
Hi, my name is Becca Van Roekel and I was born and raised in central Iowa. I am a Registered Dietitian at Expedition Wellness. I attended Northwest Missouri State University for my Bachelors in Food and Nutrition: Dietetics and completed my dietetic internship and Master in Clinical Nutrition Program from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
My background has been in long term care and clinical nutrition with encompassing many areas. My husband and I live in West Des Moines with our two dogs. We are always on the go whether that be riding horses, hiking, running, gardening, walking our dogs, cooking meals and spending time with family, but I wouldn't have it any other way! My love for nutrition began with learning about the physiology of our body and how the foods we eat play such an important aspect on how we fuel our bodies. I began experimenting in the kitchen as my mom called it with incorporating nutrient dense foods into my family's favorite recipes.
I have continued this love for nutrition and enjoy getting to work with individuals by guiding and educating them toward their individualized nutrition goals. I believe there is no one size fits all and that everyone has their own journey and goals on how to fuel their body but also enjoy the foods that we are eating! I am looking forward to getting to work with my clients to guide them toward their individualized nutritional goals.