Atlanta, GA
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Meet Our Team

Alicia C. Simpson MS, RD, IBCLC, LD

Founder and Executive Director
Registered Dietitian, Lactation Consultant and SOS Feeding Therapist

Alicia has an unparalleled passion for maternal and pediatric nutrition that led her to found Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support, Inc. in 2012. Her passion for nutrition started early in life as a child growing up in the agricultural town of Fresno, California. There she grew up on fresh, local produce grown in her family’s fruit and vegetable garden and the many gardens and farms nearby. Her parents raised her with an appreciation for health, nutrition and the importance of fueling your body with wholesome foods. Alicia moved from California to Virginia to her “home by the sea” Hampton University to pursue a degree in Marketing. After graduating from Hampton University Alicia entered corporate America as a saleswoman. Although she excelled in her career she felt something was missing. An avid reader since her childhood, Alicia dove head first into any book, article, blog, or scientific journal she could get her hands on that dealt with public health and nutrition. Finally, Alicia decided to make the shift from a corporate sales career to that of public health and nutrition earning her Master’s degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University as well as her second bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University. Alicia has a burning need to answer the “why’s” in life and her question of “why do African American mothers have the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the United States?” fueled the research behind her master’s thesis titled Sociocultural Barriers To Breast Feeding In African American Women With Focused Intervention To Increase Prevalence and spurred her involvement in the field of lactation. Her original thesis research was also the catalyst behind the creation of Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support.

Alicia is active in her community as a volunteer with La Leche League International (Georgia Chapter), Vice President and Board Member of Gluten Intolerance Group of Atlanta and Chair of the Membership Committee for the United States Lactation Consultants Association (USCLA) . She is also the author of 3 bestselling cookbooks. Her most important role is that of mother to her vibrant and energetic daughter.

Alicia works at both the Atlanta and Decatur offices.

Kari Martinez, MS, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

Kari holds a M.S. in Nutrition and Public Health and a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She has over six years of experience in the fitness and nutrition field, working with several corporate clients and many community sites delivering wellness programs and providing nutrition guidance.

Her specialty is family nutrition and she works with both children and adults in weight management, food allergies, and sports nutrition. As a new mother, she is increasingly working with pre- and postnatal mothers and babies, including counseling women with gestational diabetes or educating mothers on healthy nutrition for their families. Aside from nutrition, she also teaches Mom and Baby fitness classes.

Some of Kari’s favorite things to do are hanging out with her husband and little girl, going to the local Farmers Market, cooking, skiing, yoga, traveling, reading, and empowering people with ways to improve their lifestyle for themselves and their family!

Kari works primarily out of the Decatur office.

Carlie Adams RD, LD, CLC

Registered Dietitian

Carlie was born and raised in Queens, New York and spent her early adult years living in Brooklyn working as a Pharmacy Technician. After 13 years of working in pharmacy she realized that instead of helping to treat disease she wanted to focus on disease prevention by educating her community about nutrition. Carlie relocated to Georgia in 2004 to pursue a degree in Dietetics.

Carlie holds a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Georgia and is a registered dietitian (RD), Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and is currently working towards becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Carlie has over 5 years of experience as a Clinical Nutritionist for the WIC program specializing in lactation, pediatric and maternal nutrition. Carlie enjoys educating families about early childhood development and eating behaviors. She is also extremely passionate about empowering women to breastfeed and advocating for the normalization of breastfeeding in Georgia and throughout the United States.

In her free time Carlie practices yoga and the martial art Aikido.  She also enjoys photography, studying early childhood development and breastfeeding, spending time with her friends, family and taking long walks with her dog Brooklyn.

Carlie works out of both the Atlanta and Decatur offices.

Christina Brumme MPH, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Christina is fascinated by the dynamic nature of childhood nutrition. A California native, Christina grew up in a culture that placed emphasis on dishes created around a diversity of fruits and vegetables with a wide variety of flavors. After graduating with her Bachelor in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Christina was able to backpack through Southeast Asia and tried new foods everywhere she went. She then worked in nutrition clinics in Malawi where she helped local nurses screen children for malnutrition and provide ready to use therapeutic food. Following this position, Christina moved to Atlanta to complete her Master of Public Health in Nutrition, with a certificate in Maternal and Child Health and a focus on adolescent health at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. After successful completion of her dietetic internship in the Atlanta area, Christina took a position working with a school system in Georgia. These experiences have afforded her the opportunity to fully understand the “Southern diet.” Christina believes that all foods can be part of a healthy diet and that a dietitian’s role is to educate individuals and families to help them achieve their health goals.

When she is not cooking a new recipe, Christina enjoys running on the Silver Comet Trail and doing yoga. She also enjoys exploring new restaurants around the city with her fiancé and spending time at home with her two dogs.

Carmen Gardner

Office Manager

Carmen Gardner graduated from American Intercontinental University in Chicago with her degree in Business Administration. She has since held positions with fortune 500 companies, wearing many hats and performing an array of business administration duties. In her off time she loves to read, is an avid writer, enjoys singing karaoke, and watching Dallas Stars hockey with her family. Carmen currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a mother to three amazing children.

In her free time Carlie practices yoga and the martial art Aikido.  She also enjoys photography, studying early childhood development and breastfeeding, spending time with her friends, family and taking long walks with her dog Brooklyn.

Carlie works out of both the Atlanta and Decatur offices.