About Monica

Zest is lead by Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, Nutritionist, & Sports Nutrition Specialist Monica Walker.  Monica has over 10 years in the healthcare field and is based in Portland, Oregon.  She has worked locally and nationally with individuals, groups, teams & corporations improve health and performance, and considers herself fortunate to live out her passion in her profession.


Turning obstacles into stepping stones…

Although Monica has always had a desire to be fit and eat well, she had to learn to prepare gluten-free and dairy-free food when all three of her children were diagnosed with Celiac Disease (and one with Type 1 Diabetes) in 2000-2001. (Read more about her son Blake and his battle with Celiac in this Oregon Live Article.)

Other allergies and medical conditions have followed, so she took a positive approach and learned all she could to help her family thrive.  By volunteering with the Gluten Intolerance Group, American Diabetes Association, Gales Creek Camp for Kids with Diabetes, Oregon Food Bank, and Hillsboro Senior Center, Monica found her life’s work through helping others.

Monica earned her B.S. in Nutrition Science, is a Sports Nutrition Specialist, and Certified Corporate Wellness Coach.  An avid sports enthusiast, Monica puts her clean-eating and exercise philosophies into practice with strength-training, Plyo/HIIT training, and yoga, plus fits in golf whenever she can.