Crystal is a registered dietitian with experience in pediatric nutrition and eating disorders, although her interests also extend widely to include sustainability, public health nutrition, and cultural inclusion. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences-dietetics at the University of California, Berkeley. Then she simultaneously completed her master’s degree in human nutrition and dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University. While completing her master’s degree, she was a LEND (Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Nutrition training fellow.
Crystal grew up with traditional homemade foods prepared the way they were in her parents’ homeland, and she views food as more than just nutrition. She recognizes that food holds social and cultural importance as well. She counsels families of all backgrounds and medical needs with the mindset that food ties in many facets of life and living.
Early in her career, Crystal helped teach dietetic interns and medical residents about pediatric nutrition. She also presented research about cultural practices in pregnancy and postpartum periods among Asian women residing in the United States. Crystal has experience in both acute and outpatient care, so she has cared for hospitalized patients requiring tube feeds or IV nutrition, as well as outpatient families in need of guidance with picky eaters, long-term tube feeders, or those with a GI condition that requires medical nutrition therapy.
Crystal currently works at two of the largest pediatric institutions in the Bay Area, catering to a host of diverse patients and families. She is active in community service and has volunteered in various organizations. She hopes to continue serving the community with evidence-based and practical nutrition education and counseling to promote nutrition and health among the future generation.
In her free time, Crystal enjoys hiking, running, skiing, snowboarding, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.