Liz Newton Smith, PA-C

Grant Administrator, Food Blogger, Health Coach

Liz was born and raised on a sugar cane farm in Bunkie, Louisiana where she developed her passions around farm to table lifestyles and educating people on how to take realistic steps towards creating a healthier lifestyle with the resources around them. 

She received her Bachelor of Science at Louisiana State University in Kinesiology with a biology minor and completed her Master of Physician Assistance Studies at LSUHSC in Shreveport Louisiana. As an NCCPA board-certified Physician Assistant, she has worked in gastrointestinal and interventional pain management. Treating preventable chronic disease and its harmful effect on patients’ lives inspired Liz to become a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise.  

She is currently the Grant Coordinator for Smiles Ahead where she works to integrate oral health into primary care through school-based clinics in rural Louisiana.  When she is not on the road visiting schools she is in the kitchen. In 2018 she began The Vintage Fork, a food and travel blog. She now uses The Vintage Fork platform to help her followers get comfortable in their kitchens with healthy recipes, kitchen how-to tutorials and healthy living tips. She also works with community groups to provide education and cooking demonstrations to their staff and members to learn how to become healthier through food and exercise.   

When she isn’t in the kitchen, Liz loves to travel and share her experiences in new places on her blog. She calls Lafayette home with her husband Petey and her treasured wheaten terrier, Chewie.