"Let food by thy medicine, and medicine be thy food"
I am often asked why I decided to become a dietitian? A couple of reasons come to mind. First, my love for nutrition started years ago when I developed a severe allergy to sulfites and I had to become a sleuth at reading nutrition labels. Second, while working in a plastic surgery/med spa as an Aesthetician, part of my duties was to provide pre and post-operative skin care treatments for patients undergoing surgery. Through conversations with patients about their diet and nutrition, I realized which ones would most likely have an excellent healing outcome and those that may require a little extra help.
My turning point with the desire to help individuals heal through nutrition came with one particular surgery patient. This patient was over 65 years, lived alone, smoked, pre-diabetic, and did not follow a healthy diet. As I suspected, their post-operative healing encountered some complications. While I was helping with their healing skin treatments, we discussed eating healthy and lifestyle habits.
Through our conversations, I discovered they were not eating nutrient-dense foods or taking any additional micro-nutrients to foster the healing process. With a few recommendations, the wounds started to heal, and they learned along the way the importance of nutrition and health.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian is no easy task. I earned my bachelor's degree from The University of Alabama in Human Environmental Sciences / Nutrition and Dietetics and my master's degree from The University of New England in Applied Nutrition. My post-graduate work consisted of a 1200+ hour clinical internship in a local hospital in Orlando, Florida, with a surgery/orthopedics concentration.
Providing nutrition education to help individuals heal and maintain their health is what I enjoy best. Working as a Renal Dietitian in a dialysis center allows me to help those individuals maintain kidney function by providing nutrition recommendations to lead a healthy life.
Where there is health........
there is beauty