Dietetic Career Spotlight on Kristina Todini, on a mission to succeed!
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MARCH 23, 2015
Kristina Todini is a student powerhouse. She defines the words: self-starter, doer, and achiever. During her undergrad, she originally reached out to me, since I’m on the executive committee for Nutrition Entrepreneur’s Dietetic Practice group, and proposed to organize and write a quarterly student e-newsletter. The student e-newsletter was a hit with all our members. Her motivation, determination, and talent will take her very far in her career. I’m extremely excited to see how she will positively enhance our profession. She’s off to a great start. Read on to learn more about Kristina’s current endeavors. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
In my early 20s I followed a SELF Magazine’s blog ‘Eat Like Me’ where a RDN posted her daily meals. I had no idea what dietitians were and after researching I thought, “Wow, what a career!”. At the same time I began traveling internationally and saw many severely impoverished parts of the world. I wanted to be study how I could make a difference through health and nutrition at home and abroad. Studying dietetics has been a way to combine my interests in science, business, research, and healthcare-the possibilities for RDN’s are endless!
– Twitter: @kristinat_rd2be
School you are studying at now?
I am currently finishing my BS in Dietetics at San Francisco State University (SFSU), have recently applied to dietetic internships, and plan to finish my master’s degree.
What area of dietetics do you want to go into once you graduate?
I see myself working as a clinical dietitian, but there are so many areas of the field that are interesting to me and I am excited to explore them all in my internship.
Describe your dream job:
I would like to work in clinical nutrition focusing on chronic and infectious diseases, such as diabetes and AIDS. I would also like to continue learning from my mentor, Norae Ferrara, RD, CLT, in the private practice San Francisco Nutrition Clinic. In the latter part of my career, I would like to teach and believe that it would be rewarding to shape the future’s nutrition professionals.
Any special projects or nutrition endeavors you are doing?
Other than being very active on campus with SFSU’s Student Dietetic Association, I am also the Dietitian’s Assistant at San Francisco Nutrition Clinic and a Nutrition & Dietetics Volunteer at San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. I contribute to SCAN’s quarterly student newsletter and founded a new student e-newsletter for Nutrition Entrepreneurs called The NEtwork. I am involved in nutrition policy as a Legislative Ambassador for the California Dietetic Association and represent SFSU as a board member of the Bay Area Dietetic Association. I have also volunteered internationally in Peru and Chile, and hope to have the opportunity to do more in the future. Basically, I’m trying to do it all!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Coming from a large family, I am a natural communicator and mediator. Communicating through writing has always come easy and, being the oldest of four, I am a natural leader.
Along the way, I have learned the value of networking and have had amazing opportunities come my way from simply reaching out, connecting, and asking for what I want. It never hurts to ask!