Dietetic Career Spotlight: Alicia Rossman RYT, Dietetic Intern
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on APRIL 5, 2013
Alicia Rossman is no ordinary dietetic intern, she has written a book and owns a successful business while completing her studies! Read on to learn more about this balancing-act of an entrepreneur! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I was attracted to the nutrition field because it gave me the opportunity to do what I love. I love watching children find success, finally “get it”, and truly understand concepts. I love watching children push their limits and help each other. Through starting Let’s Get Movin’! I have been able to work with children in a very special way. Teaching kids to Get Healthy, Get Movin’!, and Give Back is a true blessing.
Being a yoga teacher for children is very powerful. Each time we work together the children grow a stronger bond. They are learning to be kind to one another, be helpful, and slowly understand that they can do anything!
Teaching children the importance of nutrition, and cooking with children is rewarding. Helping them learn how to measure ingredients, separate the yolk from white, mix ingredients, and even how to use a garlic press. Each child craves the chance to help, to be a part of the product. I can see the excitement in their eyes when it’s their turn to mash the bananas. In this way, they learn how to love food – the kind of food that makes their bodies healthy and strong. This is what attracted me to my field.
Your Job Title?
Registered Yoga Teacher, Dietetic Intern, Camp Director, Author of Miss Lyla’s Banana Pancakes to the Rescue, and Reiki Master
Company you are with now?
Let’s Get Movin’! LLC
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Before my internship I was teaching yoga, developing and filming cooking videos, writing a children’s book, working at a hospital in the nutrition department, working at a golf course, and working on movie sets like Here Comes the Boom. That’s a mouthful! My friends will be the first to say that I work hard.
I found that having my own business is a fun challenge. The first few years have been a lot of hard work. From marketing, to email blasts, facebook page posts, free classes at libraries, working with web designers, graphic artists, book consultants, it’s a bit of a juggling act. The hard work pays off at the beginning, middle, and end of a yoga class with children. Listening to them say their “warm and fuzzies” (positive affirmations), seeing them have fun and giggle, sing, dance and yell I AM STRONG at the top of their lungs, is just magical.
Now I am now in my Dietetic Internship, which is very challenging to say the least. When I move home I’d like to work more with nutrition. While in my internship I am managing Let’s Get Movin’! from afar. I am lucky to have amazing teachers back at home. My mom is one of them, and we are having a blast together.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Hard work, diligence, support, and a creative mind. I have worked for many employers who have helped me in many ways.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always been an entrepreneur. I remember convincing my sister to sell just about anything at the end of the driveway. Hand-made potholders, lemonade, jewelry etc. I even started my own lawn mowing/pet sitting service in high school. I bought a lawn mower that fit in my trunk and away I went! I was born a negotiator, and will always try and get a deal.
Skills I have learned along the way: How to work with different personalities, how to say “no” (still learning), and how to be flexible.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Network, work hard, be thankful, thoughtful, and give back. Pass down traditions and what your teachers taught you. Work with your colleagues and try not to reinvent the wheel.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Gift cards to EMS, Timberland, Cabellas, and Kohls. I love being outside and enjoy activities like golfing, kayaking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Kohls has everything!