Registered Dietitian Spotlight: Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, CCN, CDE
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MAY 28, 2013
Combining Medical Nutrition Therapy with Integrative Medicine is a strong niche Dr. Sheila Dean has excelled in. Read on to learn more about using evidence-based science and counseling skills in a successful private practice. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I was always fascinated with the human body and how food impacts health!
Your Job Title?
Integrative Medicine Nutritionist, Owner
Company you are with now?
Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
A typical day is to try to get to the root cause of my patients usually quite complicated and layered health issues
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I began my own private practice about 16 years ago. I started part time and by 2003 I went full
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am a natural born educator! I have always had a knack for translating difficult concepts into simple ideas that make sense. Skills I have learned along the way include how to really LISTEN to what my patient is telling me. Another important skill I’ve learned along the way is how to read research for myself and not simply rely on others to tell me what is and is not evidence based. A third skill I feel I am always learning more about is how to run a successful practice and how to manage the challenging issues that go along with being a small business owner.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
My work is not an “entry-level position”! It is important that once an RD graduates that she be dedicated to continuous learning and improvement!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Simply to see my patients not just be “managed” but to see them restore true health and function and ultimately heal!