Kathleen Putnam, MS, RDN, CDN

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Kathleen is a Master’s prepared dietitian, wellness and lifestyle coach. Kathleen runs a successful private coaching practice of over 15 years and has served hundreds of patients.

She provides lifestyle counseling and health expertise to clients using data, nutrigenomics, and motivational interviewing to optimize consumer health and wellness.

Currently, Kathleen is a coach in private practice, an online diabetes lifestyle coach, and associate faculty in higher education teaching nutrition and human development. She has contributed to publications, provided professional talks and training, and enjoys mentoring nutrition graduates. 

She serves as Associate Professor of Nutrition in multiple higher education institutions in Seattle and is a clinic supervisor for graduate nutrition students at Bastyr Natural Health clinic. 

She co-founded a nutrition bar under the name “Zing” and worked as a trainer with the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease and a provider with Laurel Mellin coaching using the EBT (Emotional Brain Training) program out of UCSF to end stress eating.

She loves to find creative and effective ways utilizing the latest in behavior sciences to make desired changes that work for each individual. Kathleen is always taking a class and advancing her professional skill set and is thrilled to share all she learns with clients and students alike.

Currently, Kathleen is training as a life and grief coach and death doula. In her downtime, Kathleen cheers her teenage daughter at volleyball tournaments and spends as much time as possible with friends and family.


Professional Highlights

  • Owner, Putnam, Martynowych, Kaplan
  • Co-Founder, Zing Bars
  • Priority Associate Faculty, Health Occupations, PE and Business, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA
  • Health Coach and Mentor, Arivale, Seattle, WA
  • Owner, Nutrition Works, Seattle, WA
  • Faculty, Family Consumer Sciences Instructor teaching Nutrition and Individual and Family Development, Seattle Pacific University
  • Eating Disorder Specialist and Associate Faculty, Seattle Pacific University
  • Health Educator, Consultant, Cigna, Seattle, WA
  • Certified Provider, Emotional Brain Training
  • Senior Trainer, Nutrition Consultant, Healthways
  • Consultant, Nutrition Expert, The Regence Group, Seattle, WA
  • Nutrition Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Dean Ornish Program, Swedish Medical Center
  • Editorial reviewer for Biotechnology Kit, ADA


Professional Memberships

  • Nominating Committee, Behavioral Health Nutrition Practice Group 
  • Nominating committee for Vegetarian Practice Group


Presentations and Publications

  • Professional presentations: WA State Nursing Association, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Starbucks Corp, First Choice Health, Cornish College of Dance, and GSDA (2000 – present)
  • Presentation at Gluten Intolerance National Meeting, LA CA on GMOs (2002)
  • Co-author: Family Health program, Regence (2010 – 2011)
  • Co-author: Cardiovascular Nutrition, Swedish Medical Center (2002 – 2006)
  • Contributing author for Group Wellness Programs for Chronic Pain & Disease Management (2000)
  • Contributing author for Topics of Clinical Nutrition (1998)



  • Named “Go-To Nutritionist” Seattle Magazine, 2010



  • Masters of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Oregon State University
Last modified on: 03-08-2022