Alyssa Van Diest
I’m Alyssa, the newest addition to the 14 Karat family. In 2013, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University with a dual degree in Dietetics & Psychology. After graduation I began my career in nutrition, helping people from all walks of life become their best selves (inside and out). Having been an athlete my entire life (as well as a trainer & coach for 11 years), my experiences and formal education lead to a successful business. In my free time, I’ve competed in the sport of bodybuilding—beginning in 2012 and turning pro in 2014. To this day, I am still an active member of the bodybuilding community coaching and teaching presentation skills!
Though I will always have a passion for health and fitness, in 2017 I felt something was missing. After making an incredibly difficult choice, I moved to Omaha. In search of a new lease on life, I soon found joy working as a personal stylist in women’s fashion and have done so for the past two years. Through it all, I knew I needed to allow my creative side to thrive. Now joining the team at 14 Karat, I hope to use my art skills to help customers find or create incredible, unique pieces they can cherish for a lifetime. I care deeply about my work and the people I create for—I am so excited to begin this amazing, new career!
Outside of work, I love spending time with my boyfriend (Ryan) and our three pups: Lulu (1.5-year-old golden retriever), Jack (14-year-old lab), and Maverick (7-year-old dachshund). I also have two other beautiful fur girls, Nala (7-year-old golden retriever) and my rescue baby Jasmine (5-year-old lab mix), who I see a few times a year. Ryan and I are huge Kansas City Chiefs fans—we try to hit a few games a year, so if you ever see us out, be sure to say “hi”! When we aren’t in Kansas City, you can be sure we’re either hitting up a fun concert, movies on $5 Tuesdays, or traveling the globe.alyssa[at]14karatomaha.com