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As part of the YMCA of Austin's intiative of strengthening communities, the YMCA’s goal is to lead the community in creating a culture of good nutrition. Take a moment to meet our dedicated nutrition staff who help to create an enviornment for better eating habits.
Amanda has been a registered and licensed dietitian for over 15 years. Her nutrition treatment spans the life cycle and includes work at a pediatric genetics and metabolic clinic, the ICU in the hospital setting and outpatient counseling for bariatric nutrition, diabetes, weight management, athletes, and allergies/intolerances. Additionally, she is a consultant for many GI doctors around the Austin area. She also specializes in IV nutrition for patients that have serious gastrointestinal impairment. Amanda’s passion in the nutrition field is utilizing food as preventative medicine. She incorporates her personal training certification to help individualize lifestyle plans for clients. Amanda can help her clients reach their health goals by applying nutrition science principles in a down to earth, realistic manner. One of her favorite quotes is by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Currently serves the Northwest Family Y
Carol Paden, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition. She started her career by working for 6 years as a nutritionist/clinical Dietitian in a large trauma / teaching hospital in southern California. She then worked as Manager of Clinical Nutrition for 10 years in a medium-size hospital in Michigan where she received physician recognition for significantly improving the quality of nutrition care provided to patients which resulted in more rapid healing and shortened hospital stays. Her work was recognized by Outstanding Young Women of America and Who’s Who in America. She opted to be a full time mom and homemaker to her 3 sons and while home schooling them became excited about Wellness through Nutrition. Her love for people has been exhibited in volunteer work with Meals on Wheels to shut-ins, directing a weekly food pantry for families struggling financially, cooking professionally for a youth camp in Washington state, and participating in mission trips to Mexico. She is passionate about helping people improve their health and increased their energy and vitality through what they eat.
Currently serves at the Hays Communities Branch.
What is your favorite food?
A warm sun gold tomato from my old backyard garden during the summer. I'd pick a dozen or so, then add fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper.
What do you like most about the Y?
Hands down, it's the community. Whenever I go to work, it feels like I'm just stopping in to say hello to my second family. You don't get that in a lot of workplaces.
Shane recieved his B.S. degree in Nutrition from Texas State University. He has worked in various nutrition fields over the past decade, including: teen, geriatric, community, food service, medical, holistic, and sports nutrition. He applies this knowledge base in easy-to-understand lessons to help you reach your goals through evidence-based nutrition education.
He currently specializes in endurance sports nutrition and has worked with beginners all the way up to professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, ultra cyclists, and ultra runners. Whether you are trying to modify your body composition, change your eating habits, or train for a race, Shane will work with you 1-on-1 to make sure you have the knowledge and skillset to achieve the new you!
Currently serves at the East Communities YMCA.