The Vail Vitality Center added Penny Wilson as one of our professionals.
As a certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and her services are available to any of our members.
Learn about her and her experience and what all those initials are at the end of her name!
FYI: Before moving to Vail, Penny was the Dietitian for the Houston Rockets and Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league baseball team in Sugar Land , Texas, for two years.
DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO BE HEALTY- VIDEO WITH PENNY WILSON
Why do you like working at the Vitality Center?
The clients and staff. Everyone is focused on being their best as well as nurturing themselves and others.
Where and how were you educated?
- PhD in Kinesiology, 2010 University of Houston
- BS in Nutrition, 2006 University of Houston
- BBA, 1991 University of Houston
Why did you choose this profession?
I changed careers from process and technology consulting because I wanted to do something that would allow me to positively impact the lives of others – to help people live healthier, longer, better lives.
What do you like best about your job?
My clients! My best clients are those who are eager to feel better and to learn about how their bodies work.
What are you most skilled in treating?
I have recently been trained in integrative and functional nutrition. This allows me to look at a client holistically from birth until now to determine the underlying issues of whatever is manifesting at this time.
For example, a client could be feeling tired, have brain fog, or serious gastro-intestinal issues. Rather than looking for a single cause and treatment, there’s usually an underlying cause and multiple symptoms that are being felt.
Together, we explore and look for the underlying cause and treat that rather than treating the symptoms that they are feeling at the time. I also use food as medicine. This means supporting the body’s healing by using targeted nutrition and, when appropriate, supplements. I strive to make food easy. Good food doesn’t have to be exotic or hard to fit into your life.
I’ve also worked with a lot of athletes from those beginning their fitness journey to professional athletes. I specialize in working with endurance athletes, mostly runners and triathletes. With these clients, I help them optimize their daily nutrition and their race nutrition.
Before moving to Vail, I was the Dietitian for the Houston Rockets and Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league baseball team in Sugar Land , Texas, for two years.
What are the top 5 biggest myths about what you do?
- I’m going to forbid all your favorite foods.
- I’m going to ask you to eat foods you hate.
- I’m going to force my food dogma on you.
- I always eat perfectly.
- I’m going to forbid alcohol.
What types/kind of clients that respond the best to your treatment?
I work best with people who are trying to be their best, are curious and enjoy continuous learning. My best clients like to try new things, be active both physically and mentally
What is your favorite activity to reduce stress?
Right now, climbing on the climbing wall at the VAC.
What the most important thing you can tell someone about their health?
You have to believe that your health is in your control if you want to change it. If you don’t feel great keep looking for healthcare practitioners who listen to you and take you seriously and will help you feel great.
How do you explain what you do in 50 words?
I help people who are tired of not feeling great feel great through targeted nutrition. We work together to identify the underlying issues and support the body’s natural healing processes.
What are the top 5 problems you treat?
- Lack of energy and brain fog
- Sports performance improvement
- Gastro-intestinal issues
- Weight loss
- General health and wellness
Who is your role model?
I don’t have a single role model. The people I admire range from Albert Einstein to Sister Madonna Buder, the Iron Nun. I admire anyone who works to improve themselves from the those who are the top in their field to the person who is just beginning their fitness/wellness journey and struggles to finish his/her first workout.
So what do all of those initials mean????
PhD: In Kinesology
PDN: Is a registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
CSSD: Is a board certifies Specialist in Sport Dietetics.
LD: Is a Licensed Dietitian
If you would like to contact Penny Wilson you can reach her at
Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD
Optimal Nutrition, Optimal Results, Optimal Life