Dietetic Career Spotlight on Suzanne Fisher RD, LDN
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MAY 6, 2014
Meet Suzanne Fisher, nutrition consultant for Miami City Ballet School and other facilities, who shows us how perseverance and passion can organically grow your business and land you your dream job. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
As a teenager, I became increasingly interested in health and nutrition. Growing up in an environment where so many of my classmates struggled with body image and eating disorders made me want to pursue a career in Dietetics and Nutrition.
Your Job Title:
Company you are with now:
I currently run my own consulting business.
Your Social Media:
linkedin: Suzanne Fisher RD, LDN
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
What I love most about running my own business is that each day is atypical from the next. Twice a week I consult at facilities outside my home – one being the Miami City Ballet School, the other a drug rehabilitation facility. The remainder of the week, I work remotely creating and adapting meal plans for a software company. I also maintain a private practice, which primarily focuses on lifestyle change.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
My business, which began out of necessity, has grown rather organically. Most recently I was involved in the development of a pediatric nutrition website. While I was influential in this start-up, I was looking for something I could put my personal stamp on. Luck – and some perseverance – was on my side. A diet software company that I had been in contact with about two years prior emailed me and offered me a consulting position. I began working with the Miami City Ballet after directly contacting the school director with a plan in place to initiate a nutrition program, as one did not currently exist at the school or the ballet company. Having a dance background and a daughter who trained at the school did provide me some familiarity with this particular elite dance organization. My private practice clients are mainly obtained through referrals from current and previous clients.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always been friendly and empathetic, traits necessary for counseling weight loss clients. My penchant toward organization certainly comes in handy while juggling my varied clients. Over the years, I have also learned not to take business decisions personally, and instead get creative and take risks. After being laid off from a failing company, I was admittedly bitter and angry. However, the layoff forced me to move out of my comfort zone and explore other options. I basically took the opportunity handed to me and ran with it.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Never give up and do not be afraid to go after what you want. So many dietitians do not think outside the box. We do not need to be pigeonholed into only working clinical type jobs. There are so many options available for nutrition professionals that are outside the scope of what is considered a typical nutrition position. Explore what makes you the happiest and find a way to get paid for it. Never be afraid to go back to school to obtain additional degrees. Twenty-five years after graduating with my Bachelors in Dietetics and Nutrition, I am pursuing a Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. It is difficult balancing work, school and family life, but in the end, I know it will be ever so worth it.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Definitely college tuition and living expenses for my two children.