Meet the Mindful Eats Nutrition Team

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Nikki Estep


I'm Nikki Estep, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and owner of Mindful Eats Nutrition Counseling.  I have expertise and specialized training in eating disorders, pediatric general nutrition and feeding issues, diabetes, pregnancy, PCOS, and non-diet approach weight management.  

I grew up in Louisiana and moved to Texas when I attended Baylor University for my undergraduate education.  I received my Bachelor's of Business Administration from Baylor University, my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Sam Houston State University, and my Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX.  I completed my training to be come a dietitian through UTSPH and also had the opportunity through UTSPH to complete the LEAH Fellowship, receiving specialized training in treating eating disorders and adolescents.  I currently live in the Houston area with my husband and son.  

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Rachel Cohen


Rachel Cohen earned a BS in Education with a degree in Community Health from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  At UT Southwestern, Rachel’s final research project focused on developing profession-wide guidelines with respect to when dietitians working with eating disorder patients should refer their patient to a Mental Health Professional.   Additionally, Rachel is a founding member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.

Rachel specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating and non-diet approach weight management/intuitive eating. Rachel has experience at the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient level of care as well as in the outpatient setting. Rachel can provide individualized meal plans, nutrition therapy and meal support. Rachel would love to help you break free from food rules and enjoy food again. Rachel believes all foods fit in variety, moderation and balance and would love to support and encourage you on your journey to food freedom. 

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Mary Ellen Phipps


Mary Ellen Phipps is the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) behind Milk & Honey Nutrition. She's also a wife, mom, foodie, and recipe developer. Browse her website and you'll find yummy recipes, helpful nutrition tips, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. She strives to make healthy eating easy, realistic, and most importantly... fun! 

She has expertise in family nutrition, family meal planning, corporate wellness, adult weight management, adult diabetes management, and metabolic syndrome. She grew up in Sugar Land, TX, received her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Sciences from Baylor University in Waco, TX; and her Master's of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX.  She currently lives in the Houston-area with her husband and two daughters

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

An RDN has received specialized training and license to give you personalized nutrition advice regarding disease or condition management, meal planning, cooking, wellness, and eating behaviors. An RDN has a degree in a health related field, completes a dietetic internship with over 1200 hours of supervised practice, and passes a Board Qualifying Exam from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 

How can we help you achieve your goals?

Mindful Eats Nutrition Counseling is here to provide you with the tools, resources, and skills needed to live a healthful life.  We believe in non-diet approach weight management and an all-foods-fit nutrition philosophy.  We are here to help you (and your family) reconnect with food in a way that promotes both your physical and emotional health.