A few facts about myself :
How did you become interested in dietetics?
I did not begin my didactic program until I was a 5 th year senior at Virginia Tech. I spent the first 4 years working towards Medical School, however after volunteering at the local Free Clinic and shadowing an ER physician, I realized that so many of the illnesses coming in were rooted in poor nutrition. Whether that was by choice, lack of education in nutrition or lack of access to healthful foods, the medicine and treatments they now required would most likely not be necessary had it been for better diet and exercise.
What do you enjoy most about being a dietitian?
The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my patients, families, and future dietitians. There is no better feeling than having a family implement some of your recommendations and see the benefit to their health.
Do you have any advice for others who want to be successful in the dietetics field?
Find ways to give back to the profession- Whether that is through a leadership position or advocacy or volunteering at a local elementary school or taking on a dietetic intern.
Find ways to inspire newcomers to the profession. I know that my opportunity to become a dietitian is rooted in many teachers and healthcare professionals giving of their time to help me succeed.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Mint chocolate chip ice cream…Especially in the summer with a fresh waffle cone!