Dietetic Career Spotlight on Carrie Weitzel, Colorado Nutrition Counseling
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
Meet Carrie Weitzel, RD, who found her dream job by creating it, Colorado Nutrition Counseling. Moving to a new state and not finding any work for about 6 months inspired her to start her own company. Now, she is successfully in private practice and loving every moment of it. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare. So when I was applying for college and searching
through the Bureau of Labor & Statistics site to see what I wanted to do with my life, I came
across dietetics. I knew with the combination of being in healthcare and my love for food, that
dietetics was the right career for me.
Company you are with now?
Colorado Nutrition Counseling, LLC
– Facebook:Colorado Nutrition Counseling, LLC
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Being in private practice, I wear many hats on top of being a nutrition professional from billing
to marketing which means my day really varies. When I don’t have clients scheduled for the
day, you can typically find me at the local coffee shop down the road reading up on Today’s
Dietitian or my large pile of nutrition books. Most days I spend my time sifting through social
media or creating posts for my many social media platforms and my weight loss support group
I manage on Facebook. Sometimes I go through my “getting things done” list and cross off or
add items that I want to work on along with a deadline. This allows me to stay organized.
When I have clients scheduled, I usually bring in my dog, Athena, who loves to sit with my
clients on the couch and get cuddled.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I created it! When I moved to Colorado just over 2 years ago, I searched for a job for about 6
months with no luck. I have a psychotherapist friends who owns a private practice and my
husband had started his own consulting business. This gave me the idea to jump into creating
my own practice as well and it was the best decision I ever made! I realized from my past
work experiences that I wanted to eventually become a clinical manager and this job allows
me to be my own boss and set my own hours.
In my practice, I specialize in weight management, type 2 diabetes, and psychiatric nutrition.
All areas of which I had previous experience in throughout my career (and loved). So I
decided to combine the three as they all work really well together.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am very detail oriented and prefer to be organized. I was the one in high school that had the
trapper keeper with folders for every class and actually used the planners they provided to
record EVERYTHING. I’m also a great listener and from what my preceptor during my
psychiatric rotation told me, I have a great demeanor for the mental health population.
Since starting my practice, I have learned to prioritize my “getting things done” list to be more
effective. I also try to push myself out of my comfort zone to grow my business such as
speaking to groups or launching a personalized meal planning service.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
I highly recommend getting involved with your local Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Being in
private practice (and a new state) can be very lonesome. Since volunteering on the marketing
committee for the Colorado Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, I have met so many other
nutrition professionals in the area that I can reach out to. On this same topic, the Nutrition
Entrepreneurs DPG has been an invaluable resource and I don’t think I would be where I am
at today if it wasn’t for their resources to help guide me.
I also felt having the work experience I did prior to starting my business helped me hone in on
my specialties and made me feel more confident when working with these populations.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Client success! I love just knowing I helped improve someone’s overall health that it creates
the biggest reward for me.