Dietetic Career Spotlight on Kim Denkhaus, Virtual Nutrition Counselor
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MARCH 17, 2015
Meet Kim Denkhaus, MS, RD, LD, a jack-of-all-“traits”. She has combined her passion for private practice and her love of clinical by working the best of both worlds and finding a happy balance between the two. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Growing up as a professional dancer, I learned the importance of taking care of my body both physically and nutritionally to maximize my performance. As I have grown older, I have seen the profound effect that eating healthy has own my overall mood, appearance, physical stamina, and quality of life.
Your Job Title:
Owner of Kim Denkhaus Nutrition, and a Clinical Dietitian.
Company you are with now:
Kim Denkhaus Nutrition & Texas Regional Medical Center Sunnyvale
– Twitter: @KimsHealthyLife
– LinkedIn: Kimberly Denkhaus, MS | LinkedIn
– Instagram: http://instagram.com/kimshealthylife/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimDenkhausNutrition
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
When I am working at the acute care facility, my days are busy assessing and counseling patients. When I am not at the hospital, I am working on building my practice, seeing patients privately either in person or virtually through phone/Skype. I also work on social media posts, articles for my blog, and projects ranging from public speaking engagements to research and writing for nutritional publications.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
During graduate school I started a nutritional counseling business. The practice started out small and has slowly grown as I have had more time and energy to invest into the company. I also work part-time as a clinical dietitian at a local hospital, I find this helps me stay relevant with my clinical skills and keeps me up to date on the latest evidenced based research.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
By nature, I would say that I am quite inquisitive and creative. I have always loved exploring new ideas as well as traveling to foreign places. I feel inspired when I am able to connect with people from all types of backgrounds. As a child, I was constantly engaged in artistic and creative projects…I even designed and sold my own clothing! I think these natural abilities have translated well into my nutritional counseling work, as well as my passion for building a small business.
I grew up competing professionally in dance, was accepted into the prestigious Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, and then went on to perform in a Broadway National Tour, off-Broadway in New York City, and appeared in numerous television, film, and commercial appearances in New York City and Los Angeles. As a dancer, I wasn’t blessed with a natural turnout and flexibility, however my hard work, dedication, and passion helped me overcome my shortcomings. It took a great deal of discipline, focus, and drive for me to be successful in a highly competitive field. These values and the determination to succeed were instilled in me from a young age, and I have learned to apply these principals to each new role I take on.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
I love the quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” I personally find that the jobs that have challenged me most have also provided me with the most growth. Trust in yourself that you have the knowledge and skills to do the job well, and if you come across any roadblocks, trust that you know which resources to use in order to find the correct answer. As the entrepreneur guru Marie Forleo says, “Everything is figureoutable.”
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
A deep tissue massage because it makes me feel amazing and rejuvenated. A close second would be baked (not fried) sweet potato fries. I’m kind of obsessed!