Dietetic Career Spotlight on Alex Raymond, REBEL Dietitian
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MARCH 31, 2016
Meet REBEL dietitian, Alex Raymond, RD, LD, who has drive and ambition. She’s on a mission to help people establish better eating habits and build better relationships with their bodies. Read on to learn how she’s accomplishing her mission through the REBEL dietitian movement. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
From a young age, I was always in the kitchen with my Nonna (Italian grandma). We cooked things like gnocchi and Easter bread on a regular basis. I always loved food and experimenting in the kitchen. Then, in senior year of high school, I started running. I quickly learned that nutrition played a huge role in becoming faster and stronger, so I began to do research on my own about proper nutrition for running. When it came time to decide a major, I knew I wanted to do something nutrition related, but I didn’t know too much about dietetics or what it entailed.
At the University of Maryland Freshman open house, I attended a session about dietetics and fell in love. The science courses and competitive dietetic internship surprisingly didn’t scare me off. Throughout my college experience, I grew as an “RD2Be” and discovered my goals for the future was to help other people develop their relationship with food and their bodies. Being a Dietitian, I was not planning on putting people on “diets,” but instead learning how to REBEL against to diet mentality an take an all foods fit approach to eating.
Your Job Title?
REBEL Registered Dietitian
Company you are with now?
Rebecca Bitzer and Associates (RBA)
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccabitzerrd
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebel_dietitians/
– Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rbantrnexperts/
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Each day of the week varies for me! I work in either our Greenbelt or Columbia Office. A few days of the week I work in the afternoon and evenings, which works out for my clients who need to have appointments after work. I typically see new clients for about an hour and follow-ups for about thirty minutes. I like to have my clients see me every 1-2 weeks at first, since they are just working on forming new nutrition habits. Once they start to feel more confident in their food choices, they usually come see me every 3-4 weeks. I see a variety of clients struggling with various nutrition issues like diabetes, weight management, heart health and eating disorders. I also see athletes who are working on forming a better nutrition plan to increase performance, avoid or heal injuries, and build a better relationship with their bodies.
Outside of seeing clients, I am the head of the RBA billing team. I spend time submitting claims, calling insurance companies and doing research on the types of services insurance covers. I also write for the RBA and Empowered Eating blog, which is something I’ve always loved to do!
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I actually met RBA REBEL Dietitian Dana Magee at college. She told me all about her job as a student intern at Rebecca Bitzer and Associates and it sounded like something I would absolutely love doing. So, I worked at Rebecca Bitzer and Associates as a student intern for about 2 years. During my dietetic internship, I also spent a few weeks at RBA and spoke with Rebecca, Kait Fortunato (another REBEL RD) and Dana, about coming on as a full time RD. It was such an exciting day for me J
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always had drive and ambition. I’m an extremely hard worker and am willing to learn to improve my skills and become a better RD. I am also compassionate, a good listener and caring. I also am the type to stay positive in overwhelming situations, which is helpful for my clients who need that encouragement. I have learned how to be more confident in myself and am continually working on my counseling skills.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Go after your dreams! This may sound cheesy, but there is nothing you can’t do if you are willing to learn and willing to work for it. It definitely will be difficult at first, but remember there is always a learning curve, so don’t be so hard on yourself and take every opportunity as something to learn from. You’ll get there!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?