Department: Division of Epidemiology
Leslie is originally from the Virginia Beach area, and comes to Richmond via a nearly 20 year detour in Los Angeles county. There she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications from California State University, Bakersfield. She then focused on working, raising her son, and having incredible experiences while she tried to figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She has been working at VCU in the Department of Internal Medicine for over 8 years and really enjoys working with the brilliant faculty and staff the DOIM claims. After 10 years, she has built an eclectic collection of educational, professional, and personal experiences. She now has certifications in integrative health, health coaching, and nutritional therapy as well as a passion for teaching people about food and health. Her focus is on traditional diets and health nutrition and she is on a mission to empower as many people as she can to take control of their health.
She currently lives in the “east end” with her teenage son, an aspiring author and editor, and her four-legged fluffballs. She is working on a project at VCU with a colleague, designed to bridge the gap between physician dietary recommendations and patient compliance. She is also working towards fulfilling her mission through her company, Cultural Revivalists. She doesn’t really have “free time” in all that, but makes time for hiking and brewery hopping in the name of self-care. She is working towards her M.P.H. degree part-time and continuing to work full-time for VCU. Her plans for post-completion are constantly changing, but she has developed a love for Richmond and continues to call it home for some time.