Rebekah was born and raised in Virginia after graduating High School, she served in the United States Air Force as a Special Air Missions Flight Attendant. In 2004, she relocated to Bend, Oregon in 2004 with her husband, David to raise their daughter, Gabriella. In Oregon, Rebekah worked in non-profit healthcare where she became passionate about improving health outcomes in vulnerable populations. She saw firsthand how effective healthcare is not just about doctors visits and medications, but becomes effective when providers get to know the stories and deeply care about community members from all walks of life. After seven years working in a volunteer run free clinic for the uninsured, she wanted to work on larger scale change, and spent a year working for regional leaders in a healthcare collaborative building innovative healthcare access programs.
When she had the opportunity to return to school full time, Rebekah focused on her passion for health promotion and chose to study dietetics as a means to find the root cause of declining health in the communities she loves. She applied for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at University of Idaho due to the program’s excellent reputation and focus in community nutrition. Rebekah hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling after graduation in order to prepare her to better meet the needs of her clients and facilitate lifelong healthy behaviors. Her future career goals include working with patients one on one and in small groups in a clinical setting and eventually in private practice with a focus on chronic disease prevention and management.
Dr. Samantha Ramsay, Professor for the Food and Nutrition program, states that Rebekah is an incredibly bright and ambitious student. She is passionate about helping people and has been involved a in the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades. Her skill set and ability to adapt to client needs will allow her to work in any area of dietetics.