Dietetic Career Spotlight on Stacey Frattinger, RD, CHFS, Certified Integrative Health Coach
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JULY 7, 2014
Meet Stacey Frattinger, dietitian, integrative health coach, and supermom, a true inspiration to her clients and other RDNs. Stacey also writes and blogs while successfully balances her work-life routine. Read on to learn more about how you can combine your dietetic expertise with integrative health coaching and build a flourishing business. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Probably like a fair percentage of other dietitians, I was looking for more information to understand my own struggles with my weight and how to heal my body with proper nutrition. I had a personal interest in the topic of nutrition and it grew into my professional passion.
Your Job Title:
I don’t like the “typical” titles…Given that I am self-employed, I consider myself an Integrative Health Coach, but that title doesn’t really do the work justice.
Company you are with now:
Whispers For Wellness, LLC
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/106975964366304305821
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
Every day is different, quite honestly. Some days are spent in front of the computer writing my blog and connecting with social media. Other days you may find me engaging in virtual health coaching. And I am full-time mom, so I try to balance my business and personal life as best I can.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
After years of working as an outpatient dietitian, I wanted to gain more skill in the coaching aspect. I believe behavior change is the heart of all maintainable changes, with respect to diet and exercise as well as other health goals. Individuals need to be met where they are and education will only take an individual so far. One has to be able to connect goals to values and vision.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I believe I was born with the skill of listening and writing. I’ve always wanted to listen rather than talk, and I can much more easily express my thoughts in writing. I’ve also been organized and a bit of a perfectionist with tasks for as long as I can remember. I’ve learned how to interact with individuals more closely by tuning into their body language while coming out of my “shell.” I have also had to learn to speak up to express my creative ideas and how to market myself in a world full of coaches and dietitians.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Live your passion…simple as that. Don’t be willing to settle for a job that doesn’t support who you are and what drives you.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Ah, I’m a foodie when it comes to Paleo, gluten-free, no added sugar products. Any company looking to market a new product could happily send some samples my way for feedback and my day would be made!