Burton combined her passion for wellness with a dream of owning a business to open F45 Training West Athens
Master's in nutritional sciences
During my time in the nutrition master's program, I decided to take my passion for health and wellness and combine it with my dream of owning a business. After years of working as an F45 coach, I decided to bring the F45 Training franchise to Athens and open F45 Training West Athens. F45 Training is a boutique fitness studio offering personal training in a group setting.
I am able to work toward my master's degree, while also running the gym and it has been an extremely rewarding experience. My favorite part of this journey has been the relationships built in the gym with both my members and trainers. I love being able to share my passion for health and wellness with others and watching my members become inspired to work toward their goals, in and out of the gym.
I am also involved in the Student Dietetic Association and work with UGA Dining as a nutrition practicum student. I work under the Registered Dietitian, Katherine Ingerson, helping with various projects in marketing, menu planning and dining hall allergies. I spend my free time baking and cooking for my nutrition food blog, where I post healthy and plant-based recipes.
- Why I chose my major
I decided to pursue my master's in nutrition at the University of Georgia as it is providing me the experience and knowledge I need to continue my journey to becoming a registered dietitian. My passion for nutrition began during my first year at N.C. State. I began my college career with the plan of entering the medical field. It took almost no time at all for me to realize nutrition was the field for me. I love the idea of using food as medicine and fueling our bodies in a way that will allow for a happy and healthy life. The longer I have worked in the field of nutrition, the more fulfilment it brings for me to educate others on the benefits of good nutrition.
- What I like most about FACS
The FACS community at UGA is a welcoming environment that allowed me to prosper as a student and professional. The faculty is here to help you learn and grow in your endeavors and works with you individually to make that happen. I am so grateful to have chosen a program that makes me feel beyond prepared for the next steps in my career.
- Post-graduation plans
Following graduation from the master's program, I will be applying to a dietetic internship program to complete my required supervised rotations. Once I have received the required master's degree and supervised hours, I will take the Registered Dietitian exam and enter my career as a dietitian. My dream is to work in an environment that allows me to work one-on-one with clients providing medical nutrition therapy for various chronic diseases and conditions.