Dietetic Career Spotlight on Grace Miller, MS, RD, CDE, HealthWays
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JUNE 5, 2014
Meet Grace Miller who has created her own path to success and worked in many different areas such as a clinical dietitian, a college instructor, an institutional menu developer and a diabetes educator. She also works with people to reduce health care costs! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I was initially attracted to this field after reading a book about Alzheimer’s disease and diet. At the time, I was only 15 years old and unaware a career in nutrition existed. But, a school counselor encouraged me to shadow dietitians at local hospital and the rest is history.
Your Job Title?
My job title is “Sr. Solutions Liaison, Diabetes and Chronic Conditions.”
Company you are with now?
I am a colleague of the company Healthways, Incorporated who offers solutions to improve well-being and reduce healthcare costs.
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My primary responsibility is to manage and provide solutions to clients who deliver diabetes care. A typical day would include communicating with clients about existing solutions or solution propositions, developing and/or enhancing education materials for patients and/or clinicians, and composing new feature specifications for our chronic disease management software solution, DiaWEB.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I have aspired to perform nutrition education in one form or another since the onset of my career which is why the focus of my Master’s degree is Nutrition Education. My career path has included clinical dietitian, college instructor, institutional menu developer and most recently, diabetes educator.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
My greatest skills are willingness to learn, organization and listening. Unlike in prior positions, the majority of my daily communication with colleagues and clients is written. Therefore, clear and concise written communication is the skill I continue to refine.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Every day and interaction is a learning experience when you can apply it. Evaluate your career status (i.e. Am I happy and engaged in my position?) at least twice a year. Set goals, surround yourself with those who can help you, and create your own path.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?