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A few facts about myself :
How did you become interested in dietetics?
I started out in Business and graduated with my AA and worked for a year at a law firm. I realized this was not my calling and decided to pursue a degree in dietetics. I had always been interested in the medical profession but nursing didn’t seem quite right, and I was not interested in the long route of med school. Since I had always been interested in food and health and how that relates, becoming an RD was my goal.
What do you enjoy most about being a dietitian?
I enjoy the education part of being a dietitian the most—whether it be with students, interns, or the public. I especially like to clear up any misinformation that becomes widely distributed with the internet and social media. I like to provide people with facts. I also like to use my profession as a platform to spread body positivity messages and create awareness that health comes in all sizes and you don’t have to look a certain way to be healthy; and to focus on eating and moving in a way that makes you feel good, strong, and empowered vs eating and exercising just to lose weight and burn Calories.
Do you have any advice for others who want to be successful in the dietetics field?
My advice to anyone wanting to become a Registered Dietitian or anyone in the health profession is to do some deep reflection on your own relationship with food and your body. If you don’t have a healthy relationship with food and your body, you can’t take your patient or client any further than you yourself have come.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I enjoy all aspects of being a Registered Dietitian. I especially like the diversity in the profession. I started out in the community with WIC, have worked clinically in hospitals and long-term care, have done private practice and am now an educator at ISU. It is always fun an exciting and I never get bored.