Hi there, glad you are here!
My name is Jacqueline and I am the latest resident to join WC&NT. I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Houston, Texas. In the practice, through supervision with Jill, I will be working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). I am thrilled to be a part of this team.
It was quite the road to get me here today, a bit long but worth it. I entered university in 2011 knowing I wanted to be in a health profession and started as a pre-med biology major. However, I had a mid-college crisis at which point I was unsure medicine was the path I wanted to pursue. Through some elective courses on health and disease, I realized nutrition played an immense role in wellness and disease prevention. I also became fascinated in the study of behavior change after taking a health and behavior course. With these new discoveries in mind, I found the field of nutrition and dietetics would encompass both. Because of these courses, I also examined my life and my habits and recognized some disordered eating practices and sought to create some healthier habits to provide my mind and body with the nourishment it needed to thrive. At this point, almost done with my degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, I chose to finish it as a health major and biology minor before moving to Houston to attend the University of Houston.
Once in Houston, I was a part time student with a full-time job, fulfilling nutrition course requirements to complete a dietetic internship. Three years later, I completed my dietetic internship at UH and became a registered dietitian. During those three years, I worked full time for a non-profit in community nutrition education. We worked with underserved elementary schools around the Houston area and provided fresh fruits and vegetables weekly to every family. Along with fresh produce, we provided an abundance of simple, nutrition education for healthy eating habits to be implemented at home. I loved this job because it allowed me to work with diverse communities around Houston, mostly from Central/South America and Asia origins. Growing up in a Mexican household, I value incorporating cultural aspects into nutrition practices and as a Spanish speaker I wholeheartedly desire to use my education and expertise to serve communities and individuals in two languages and bridge a gap where resources and practitioners are lacking.
You may be wondering how I landed specifically in eating disorders, right? Before completing my dietetic internship, I had an inclination to pursue a counseling setting, as I mentioned I was fascinated with behavior change and saw through my own experience that establishing a healthy relationship with food took time and resilience. I did a wellness rotation at the Houstonian Club, Resort and Spa and I did my pediatric, clinical rotation at Texas Children’s and spent one week shadowing the dietitian on the inpatient adolescent medicine floor (aka inpatient eating disorder treatment). With those two rotation experiences, I was sure I wanted to pursue a nutrition counseling setting and an eating disorder specialty. The complex nature and inevitable team collaboration of eating disorders and disordered eating challenges me in a way that is unmatched.
Throughout the years three themes resonate the most:
Behavior change is hard, it takes courage and it is absolutely possible
Food and nutrition are not “one way, fits all”- we must lean into our differences, cultures and values
We can find joy in food and nutrition, regardless of what have thought or done in our past or where we are today
As your dietitian, my approach will be to start with empathy, to listen and to come alongside you as we lean into nutrition therapy and creating a healthy relationship with food. I acknowledge that eating disorders encompass psychology, biology, nutrition and environmental factors and I will use evidence-based practices as we work on a plan unique to you. Wherever you have been or are currently, let’s work together and get to where you want to be. Remember-It is possible, let’s figure out your values, “your way” and let’s find the joy. Here’s to doing it together!
A bit about me outside of work- I’m married to a wonderful man and have a precious daughter. We also have two (fur)babies- a white German shepherd, Lana, and a golden retriever, Clark. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, a border town to Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and truly enjoyed growing up in a border town with deep culture, beautiful desert mountains and almost year-round sunny skies. When we are not working our family likes to explore restaurants, coffee shops and go on walks around the neighborhood. We are also involved in our Christian church community and love to spend time with our family and friends.
With kind regards,
Jacqueline Tien, RDN, LD
“Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection