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Maggie Mills, MS, CN

Maggie mills, MS, CN

Nutritionist, Co-Founder, Clinical Nutrition Director

If your body could speak your language, what would it ask for? How does your body’s unique
constellation of characteristics and needs influence food choices? What role does pleasure play
in nourishing your body? I love exploring these questions and others like it with clients looking to
heal their relationship to food and body.

Like so many of us, I was indoctrinated into diet culture at a very early age. I learned that my
body’s ability (and inherently wise propensity) to hold onto weight was a problem that needed to
be fixed. This message was reinforced into my adulthood by a medical system that pathologized
weight and encouraged or prescribed disordered eating behaviors as a means of fixing what
was never broken. Unknowingly, I struggled with an undiagnosed eating disorder for decades,
simply because my body did not look the part.

In 2000, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa,
OK. My original plan to take a year-long break from school before returning (and eventually
becoming a mental health therapist) never came to pass. Instead, I worked as a professional
writer until 2014, when I moved across the country to pursue a Master of Science in Nutrition
from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. While it wasn’t possible for me
to undo the harm anti-fat bias had done to me and my body, I could help educate healthcare
providers on the importance of weight-inclusivity and compassionate care. After graduating in
2015, I entered the non-profit world of medical education to do just that.

As part of my professional development, I completed the Center for Body Trust’s Body Trust®
Provider certification program in 2016. During the course of that life-changing experience, I
realized how critical it was for fat people like myself to see themselves reflected in their
providers. So, I began working part-time at an eating disorder treatment facility, where I gained
invaluable experience working with folks in active stages of healing from various eating
disorders. In 2018, I cofounded Liberating Jasper, with the vision of creating a group practice
focused on outpatient eating disorder care, body liberation, and community healing. In 2020, I
left both the corporate eating disorder and medical education environments to focus my energy
solely on Jasper and my work as an outpatient nutritionist.

Today, I enjoy working with folks who are at the intersections where disordered eating overlaps
with neurodiversity, queerness/gender identity, digestive health, autoimmune conditions, and life
after intentional weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). As a provider, my approach is informed
by a trauma-informed, harm-reductive, Health at Every Size® (HAES) framework that centers
on personalized and attuned nutrition interventions.

The human experience is complicated, and our relationship to food and body is often times a
large part of that. Being a queer, fat, neurodiverse person, I know firsthand how these identities
often impact one’s ability to access our intuition and feel safe living a fully embodied, fully
nourished life. At the same time, my identities do not erase the many unearned privileges I
have—namely being white, cisgender, and able-bodied—which I continue to examine, address,
and unlearn things about every day.

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