Dietetic Career Spotlight on Colleen Webb, Gut Health Specialist
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JANUARY 4, 2019
Meet Colleen Webb, MS, RDN, Gut Health Specialist and Clinical Nutritionist with a unique mix of private practice and education/teaching at New York University. Learn how she has variety in her current jobs.
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I realized in my early 20s that I never tired of reading about anything having to do with food, nutrition, cooking, and fitness. From there it took me a few years to figure out how to make those topics my profession.
Your Job Title?
Company you are with now?
Most of my time is divided among Weill Cornell Medicine, private practice, and Wellness By Food, a nutrition resource for people with IBD.
– Twitter: @colleenwebbrd
– Facebook:Colleen Webb Nutrition
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
One of my favorite things about what I do is there is no “typical” day! I really like variety and my current situation allows me to mix up my daily activities. Most recently, I’ve spent my days counseling people with complicated gut issues, creating resources and content for my IBD nutrition website, researching the benefits of intermittent fasting and gut health, creating and delivering presentations for the graduate class I teach at New York University, and testing gut-friendly recipes in my new kitchen with my Wellness By Food business partners.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
My specialization in gut health in my various jobs stemmed from my very first job as an RD at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Weill Cornell in NYC. I interviewed with a fabulous physician who was (and is) a huge champion for nutrition. Immediately I knew that I wanted to work with her, and fortunately she felt the same way!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always been very detail oriented, sometimes to a fault. One of the most important skills I’ve learned along the way is how to prioritize what’s most important and to know when to let the small stuff go.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Keep an open mind, and listen to what others have to say even if you don’t agree with them. We have lots to learn from one another and research is always evolving.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
More hours in a day. There are so many things I want to learn, books I want to read and write, places I want to visit, and people I want to help. I’d love a few more hours each day to devote to these activities.