Dietetic Career Spotlight on Tamika Handfield MS, RD, Nutrition in Demand
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on AUGUST 28, 2014
When you practice what you preach, you can inspire others and that is exactly what Tamika Handfield is doing. Read on to learn about her nutrition journey and fabulous job. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I’ve always wanted to work in the medical field, but soon realized I didn’t like blood. And when I weighed almost 200 pounds, I knew I had to do something! What better way to help others than by helping yourself!
Your Job Title:
Nutrition Consultant and Executive Director of Nutrition in Demand
Company you are with now?
Nutrition in Demand. A non-profit, “Helping you to eat healthy today, to live longer tomorrow.”
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
– Facebook: tamika.handfield & Nutrition in Demand Page
– Twitter: @NutritionDemand
– Linkedin: Tamika Handfield
– Instagram: Nutrition_in_Demand
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
There is no ‘typical’ day for me. One day I may be seeing patients in my private practice while the other I’m giving workshops for co-operations or working with school age children or giving the media an interview on a nutrition topic. Some days I know what my day will be like but sometimes, I just don’t know. I like the flexibility of it all though.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
After completing my master’s degree, I moved back to my native country, Turks & Caicos, and realized there was a huge need for Nutrition education. Many wanted my services, but were not used to paying for these services. So, the best way to alleviate that problem was to start a nonprofit organization whose mandate is to provide credible, factual nutrition information to the public. So, I mainly work in the area of Community Dietetics.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am a born talker! I am also good at organizing and seeing something through from inception to reality. However, along the way I have learned, and I am still learning, how to deliver or properly communicate my message so that others are not offended in the process.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Dream big; start small!! Go after everything you’ve ever dreamed about. Follow your passion at all cost!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
That’s easy! It would be that people “get it”. That they get the message I’m trying to give and start implementing the information I provide and make changes to their lifestyle.