Laurie Osier, RD, CDE Laurie Osier, RD, CDE, graduated with "highest distinction" from Colorado State University with a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She completed her post-graduate internship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Laurie provides inpatient and outpatient nutrition and diabetes consultations at AVH. Her career in the valley has included moderating numerous weight management and healthy eating groups, teaching nutrition classes at Colorado Mountain College, and consulting to a variety of healthcare institutions, agencies, and private practices. She has a specialty credential as a Certified Diabetes Educator and was co-developer of the Diabetes Education Center at AVH. She is certified in adult weight management.
Laurie works with a broad range of client needs including weight management, wellness, digestive disorders, cardiovascular health, and diabetes. Her passion is helping patients improve their health with nutrition in a supportive, coaching environment. She believes in meeting people where they are and helping them take realistic steps toward their long-term goals. Her ongoing professional development centers on new discoveries in the science of nutrition and methods for helping people move through the change process and establish new habits.
Sandy Holmes, RD Sandy Holmes, RD, received her BS in Dietetics from Purdue University. She has been with Aspen Valley Hospital for over 25 years in a variety of roles, but always with a focus on nutrition.
Sandy provides inpatient and outpatient nutrition consultations, along with diabetes consultations. Over the years, she has taught nutrition classes for Colorado Mountain College and community weight loss classes. She works with the Aspen School District, assisting with their health and wellness initiatives. Sandy has also worked extensively with the Pitkin County Senior Center, Whitcomb Terrace Assisted Living, and Heritage Park Care Center to address the needs of our geriatric population.
Small hospitals enable and encourage generalization in a healthcare field, and Sandy loves the variety this philosophy brings to her practice. Wellness and prevention are her passion. You will often see her assisting with and providing information/education at hospital health fairs. She offers employee wellness cooking classes and, most recently, she developed and now teaches a class called "Leaning toward a Plant-Based Diet" which is offered several times per year to the community. Sandy works closely with the Aspen Meatless Monday group. Although she is passionate about plant-based nutrition, she understands that not everyone strives for a plant-based diet and is happy to consult with all clients. Helping people achieve optimal nutrition for their health and lifestyle is Sandy's goal.
Kristy Bates, RD Kristy Bates, RD, received her BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University. After graduation she traveled throughout Europe before moving to Colorado for the mountain lifestyle. During this time, she focused mostly on her culinary skills while volunteering with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program to educate and empower low-income families to cook nutritious meals on a budget. These experiences inspired Kristy to pursue a post-graduate dietetic internship in Pittsburgh, Penn.
After completing her internship, Kristy worked as a clinical dietitian and director of nutrition in Denver for two years, but missed mountain life. After another stint traveling in Europe, she landed a cooking job at a five-star restaurant in her dream town, Aspen. She wanted to look to the next step in her career and was thrilled to see the Director of Nutrition position posted at Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH).
As AVH’s Director of Nutrition, Kristy is pleased to be able to combine her passion for medical nutrition therapy with culinary arts and management. She enjoys working with fellow dietitians, Sandy Holmes and Laurie Osier, in the clinical realm along with her talented team in the kitchen. She strives to revolutionize what is “hospital food” with her passion for recipe development and knowledge of nutritional pathophysiology. The Castle Creek Café is known for offering affordable, nutritious meals not only to patients and staff, but also to locals who tout it as being the “best kept secret in town.”