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Inspiring Conversations with Courtney Vickery, MS, RD, LD of Vickery Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Vickery, MS, RD, LD.

Hi Courtney, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My first degree was in Political Science because I thought that I wanted to be a lawyer. After I graduated from the University of Georgia with my Poli Sci degree, I worked in politics for a year. That year taught me that I did not want to pursue a career in law or politics and that I could pursue my dream of working in the health and nutrition field. I decided to go back to UGA and got my BS in dietetics and was accepted to their MS and Dietetic Internship program. Upon completion of the program, I became a Registered Dietitian and started working in a clinical job. I eventually started working in an outpatient and community-facing setting, which was much preferred by me.

From that position, I went on to become a Director of Corporate Health at a large hospital system where my duties focused on serving the community. I really enjoyed my work there but eventually decided that I wanted to get back to practicing nutrition and be able to have the flexibility of owning my own practice. As an eating disorder survivor myself, I also wanted to be able to focus on eating disorders and disordered eating with intuitive eating and health at every size approach. I have truly enjoyed being able to work with so many wonderful clients this past year and to further my education and knowledge with the training I have attended. It is such a privilege to be able to serve my clients and have my business focus on the mission and values that are so important to me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would be remiss not to acknowledge the immense privilege I have to be able to quit my previous full-time job to pursue this dream. I have really enjoyed getting everything set up on the administrative side, such as designing my own website and customer experience. I know not everyone enjoys that side of things, but I really like it! I would say some struggles that have come along with the pandemic is not being able to attend some community events in person. I truly believe that being able to make connections within the community is so important for small businesses.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As the owner of Vickery Wellness, I am committed to providing an anti-diet and inclusive weight approach to nutrition with care, understanding, and thoughtfulness. I strive to provide these services in a space that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, safe for all, and non-judgmental. As part of this commitment, I make monthly donations to Diversify Dietetics and fully support their mission to “increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the field of nutrition by empowering nutrition leaders of color.”

My values are Empathy, Compassion, Authenticity, Integrity, Community & Inclusivity. My goal is to empower adults & college students with an anti-diet & weight-inclusive approach to nutrition, so they can live the fulfilling life they deserve.

My services include one on one personalized nutrition counseling via a HIPAA compliant telehealth platform for adults/college students who are currently in eating disorder recovery, want to stop chronic dieting or just want to learn more about an intuitive eating approach to nutrition. I also offer a monthly virtual body image healing group for women. We meet virtually once a month for 90 minutes and discuss various topics with each other.

What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is that my clients feel that their experience with me is different than any other they have had with a dietitian. Mainly because I want to ensure that I am creating a space that they feel safe, not judged and that they don’t have to worry about feeling guilt or shame. My anti-diet and weight-inclusive approach to nutrition is evidence-based and allows me to focus on all of the aspects of health and wellbeing. My approach takes into account the social determinants of health, which are crucial to understanding when helping clients on their journey to healing their relationship with food and their body.

Pricing:

  • My 1:1 nutrition counseling is $150/hour and I offer packages and payment plans
  • My monthly virtual body image healing group is a subscription based group that is $37/month
  • My Facebook group is free to join! Happy Not Hungry: Stop dieting & start healing (Intuitive Eating based)

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Emily Truax Photo & Design

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