Meet the yfd team
Hi, I'm Kirsten Screen.
I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian (LD), and Certified Dietitian Nutrition Coach.
I have 20 years of experience in this industry, beginning with my undergraduate days at the University of Florida where I worked at the student rec centers while getting my Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (2001). I then completed my Master of Public Health (2003, also at UF) while working as a Graduate Assistant at the Division of Rec Sports.
While completing my Dietetic Internship in Augusta, Georgia, I worked as a Personal Trainer & Certified Health Education Specialist before completing my national board exam to become a Registered Dietitian (2004).
In my professional career, I’ve worked with active populations of all walks of life. My clients have ranged from everyday gym athletes & weekend warriors to Ironman triathletes, Boston marathoners, former competitive rowers, National Championship track & field athletes, power lifters, football players, and martial artists.
If you've got a body and you move it with purpose, chances are I've worked with someone just like you!
In my spare time I love spending time with my husband & 3 kids, and our dood – who is the very best creature who’s ever lived (prove me wrong). I’m a runner myself and have done all distances from 5k to marathon (the half is my fav). I also love resistance training & have lifted since high school.
My nutrition philosophy is simple. I don’t believe in quick fixes or a number on the scale as a goal to supporting our bodies. Understanding how fuel affects everything you do, and then tailoring your nutrition to support the life you want to live is a process that isn’t completed in a 6-week program or a 30-day challenge. Nutrition change takes time, and nutrition is never stagnant.
I believe the primary goal of nutrition coaching should be to support our bodies in all of the things we ask of them. From the daily family tasks to the once-in-a-lifetime competitions. From a camping trip with friends to a strength-building journey in the gym. From running a marathon to being able to maintain that thrice-weekly jog around the park.
Our bodies are very smart & know what to do. They can achieve amazing things and support all of our adventures, as long as we listen to them and take care of them. A lifetime of health begins & ends with the nutritional foundation we give our bodies. When I can get someone to stop fighting against their body & learn to use nutrition to fuel their body, I’m happy.
Hi, I'm Rachel LEach.
I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech (2016) in Human Nutrition and Exercise, where I fell in love with the connection between nutrition and athletic performance. I then went on to complete my Master’s in Nutrition at Appalachian State University (2019), where I found my love for the mountains and southern food!
I am passionate about empowering athletes, highly active individuals, and anyone who wants to improve their performance, energy levels, and overall quality of life.
My goal is to make your life easier by giving you the tools to figure out what your body needs, so you can go out there and crush your goals! I love coaching others to better understand their individual needs and take away the stress of not knowing how to properly fuel themselves. It’s a win if together we can figure out what’s best for you by creating sustainable habits that work within your individual lifestyle.
Outside of coaching you can find me perfecting my baking skills, trying to get a new PR in the gym, or exploring the local hiking trails.
Hi, I'm Alex Beesting.
I’m the Strategic Assistant at YFD, and I keep all things organized & make sure Kirsten doesn’t lose her mind! I handle a lot of the behind the scenes things that keep YFD running smoothly, and you’ll see me in the YFD Nutrition Coaching group on Facebook and occasionally on the YFD Instagram feed.
I went to the University of Florida for an Undergraduate Degree in Geography and completed my Masters Degree at Florida State University in Urban and Regional Planning. I chose to leave urban planning to focus on my small business passion. I love helping YFD grow and strategizing with Kirsten on the best way to add value our YFD community! For fun, I love to go on hikes, walk my puppy, and travel with my boyfriend. Fun fact: I’ve been to 48 states and will hit the last 2 in the next year!