Dietetic Career Spotlight on Joel Fisher, The Future of Dietetics…
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JANUARY 22, 2015
Meet future dietitian, Joel Fisher (he’s pictured on the far left with his fellow Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association members). He’s already a leader in his local dietetic community and taking action to network, grow, and learn from the best. I met Joel during FNCE 2014, and I look forward to following his career path. I know he’s going to excel in all his endeavors and raise our industry with high standards. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
My attraction to the field of nutrition and dietetics stems back to my time spent as a Pharmacy Technician. I often witnessed many customers enter the pharmacy with a lack of knowledge of how a prescription is best utilized. The top three selling drugs (outside of antibiotics) were ones used to treat cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes. These customers viewed prescriptions as a fix-all type of treatment and would not make the necessary changes (such as diet and exercise) needed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. One particular day, a customer came into the pharmacy with her head held high to ask us to be removed from the automatic refill system. This system was designed to refill prescriptions for a customer automatically as the old prescription would run out. When asked about why she wanted to be removed from the program, she replied with a short story. She said she was previously diagnosed as pre-diabetic and was prescribed Metformin to help regulate her blood sugar. Her doctor recommended that she improve her diet, begin exercising, and to take Metformin. After several months of hard work and determination, her doctor told her she no longer need to take the medication and that she was in good health. She was very proud to share this success story and held a smile the entire time she was in the pharmacy. I knew from this point on that I wanted to be a part of such a rewarding experience and I immediately began taking classes in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
School you are studying at now?
University of North Florida
What area of dietetics do you want to go into once you graduate?
I would like to venture into the area of private practice once I graduate. I would like to help clients improve their overall health and wellbeing. I would be open to assisting clients in all areas of nutrition.
Describe your dream job:
My dream job would be to one day start a successful private practice that allows me the ability to improve the lives of all the clients that I service. I hope to accomplish this through the use of counseling, meal planning, and other various techniques. I would also like to grow the business into something larger by eventually adding more dietitians as well as other professionals such as physical therapists, trainers, and psychologists. I would like to be able to treat patients for their overall wellness.
Any special projects or nutrition endeavors you are doing?
I am currently working on developing a Needs Based Assessment for the caregivers of those participating in the various programs conducted by Brooks Rehabilitation. It is my job to determine the overall wellness of the caregivers by assessing them on the areas of: activity, nutritional, self-care, social, spiritual, financial, and environmental factors. This information will allow Brooks Rehabilitation to provide assistance to the caregivers with programs designed to meet their needs which then allows for better care of those undergoing rehabilitation.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with the skills that include: a hard-work ethic, organization, and determination. These skills have allowed me to stay on top of the work required to meet my goal of becoming a prosperous dietitian. I needed to both learn and develop skills that include: public speaking, time management, and teamwork. It is my belief all six of these skills are needed to be successful on the path of becoming a dietitian.
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