Lisa Woodruff, RD, LD

A few facts about myself :

  • I graduated from Iowa State University and completed my dietetic internship at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
  • This is my fourth year working at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital. I never thought I would become a clinical dietitian but have been surprised at how rewarding and enjoyable of an experience it has been.
  • My husband and I enjoy spending time with our two dogs and following both Iowa and Iowa State athletic teams.


How did you become interested in dietetics?
I started off in journalism at Iowa State because I wanted to write for a health or fitness magazine. Halfway through my second semester, I realized that I enjoyed my nutrition and science classes more than journalism. That is really when my interest and passion for nutrition and wellness started.

What do you enjoy most about being a dietitian?
The most rewarding experience is when a patient finally understands the relationship between nutrition and their health and they are truly motivated to make lifestyle changes. For example, when someone finally understands carbohydrate counting and they get to see the relationship with improved blood sugar control.

Do you have any advice for others who want to be successful in the dietetics field?
Get involved in a wide variety of experiences – both in the dietetics field and outside of nutrition. This helps you become more marketable for future employers and provides experience working with different professions. Healthcare is such a collaborative field that getting exposure to different viewpoints will only help you be a better member of the interdisciplinary medical team.

What do you enjoy most about your career?
As a clinical dietitian, I spent most of my time working with inpatients on our cardiac and general medicine floors. Working at a smaller hospital allows me to also spend time with outpatients, teaching outpatient classes, and working on employee wellness projects. Being involved in so many areas is challenging, but also helps keep my job exciting and interesting.


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