Dietetic Career Spotlight on Ginger Hultin, RD, Social Media Master
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on DECEMBER 16, 2014
I originally met Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN, through social media and then we connected in-person at FNCE 2014. Ginger is an amazing RDN who really knows how to reach the masses by communicating effectively and consistently through all her platforms. She’s innovative and inspiring and I’ve learned a lot so far from her posts, tweets, and blog. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I started out as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor originally. I loved working with clients at the gym but became really frustrated that I had to meet sales goals selling supplements even though I had no formal training or expertise on that area. Living in a state at the time that does not have licensure for dietitians, our gym manger told us to put “Nutritionist” on our business cards and to practice nutrition with our clients. The problem was, at that point, I didn’t know much about nutrition though I was interested in the subject. I did some research and discovered that becoming a real nutrition expert required a lot of education and credentialing– so I quit the gym and went back to school. I was lucky enough to attend naturopathic Bastyr University outside of Seattle for my Master’s of Science in Nutrition. I then completed my Dietetic Internship at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois, became a Registered Dietitian and now I live and practice in Chicago!
Your Job Title:
Integrative Oncology Dietitian
Company you are with now:
Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment
– Twitter: @GingerHultinRD
– Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/GingerhultinRD/
– Instagram: @GingerHultinRD or http://instagram.com/gingerhultinrd
– Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gingerhultin
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
I have a routine, though I love variety in my days as well. I almost always get up really early in the morning so I can write before work. I maintain my own blog as well as writing posts and articles for others. I’m also working on a book proposal right now. I work full-time at the Block Center in Skokie, Illinois where I see my oncology and wellness patients for nutrition education, lab interpretation and supplement discussions. I am also the internship coordinator and teach weekly cooking classes. Recipe and menu development is one of the highlights of my job. At the Block Center, I get to work with clients from around the country and even from around the world; it is always fascinating and rewarding to develop such a close relationship with my clients. The Block Center is a great fit for me because of it allows me to practice nutrition in a progressive, integrative way. In the evenings, I work on projects for the organization I lead as President this year, the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND). I will often have a conference call or meeting with CAND, the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. I love being involved in different aspects of the nutrition world – giving my time to these organizations energizes me. I have to find time to be active so I’ll take a Tabata or yoga class in my neighborhood and make dinner with my husband…. or go out; we live in Chicago after-all.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Connections. The first job I got in Chicago was a connection through a preceptor I had during my internship. After that, I met my current co-workers at a Vegetarian event and got offered a position at the Block Center. It was meant to be!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with tenacity and a knack for time management which lets me get a lot of things done in a short period of time. I’m a natural at multitasking – my brain loves Tweet chat parties. I’ve had to learn a lot about working with people; I believe that relationship and communication skills are developed throughout a person’s life.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
I love my job and I love being a dietitian; I think it’s the best profession. I suggest that students, interns, and seasoned dietitians all get more deeply involved in the profession. I get so much joy from leadership and there are limitless opportunities available to participate. A lot of people tell me they want to “be more involved”…I tell them to get out there and do it!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Time off for travel, definitely. Time is such a gift and there’s never enough of it..especially if you’re traveling far.