Dietetic Spotlight on Janice H. Dada, MPH, RD, CSSD, CDE
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Owning a private practice while being a full-time mother can be challenging. Janice H. Dada has found a way to enjoy her time raising her child while continuing to excel with her passion for her career. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
In high school, I played soccer and ran track so I was interested in nutrition for sports performance. Additionally, my grandfather had a stroke as a result of type 2 diabetes when I was in high school. I didn’t know anything about the disease or the dietary recommendations for it at the time, but became interested in knowing more. I enrolled at UC Davis as a nutrition major and loved every nutrition class I ever took!
Your Job Title?
Owner & Principal Dietitian, SoCal Nutrition & Wellness Adjunct Faculty – Chapman University and UC Irvine
Company you are with now?
I’m in private practice: SoCal Nutrition & Wellness and teach at local universities
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Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Every day is different and that’s what I love most about what I do. I never get bored. Some days I am teaching at a local university, other days I’m seeing clients in my office, and on others I am out conducting lunch n’ learns or cooking demos at a worksite.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
My first job as an RD was at the VA Long Beach. I was hired immediately upon completion of my dietetic internship through the VA Greater Los Angeles. After about 2 years, I was really ready to move on. I enjoyed my time at the VA and really learned a lot, but I craved independence. Thus, I started my private practice and haven’t regretted a single second. Now, with a 1 1/2 year old daughter, it is even more important to me to have independence. I have a flexible schedule that allows me to schedule clients around activities I want to do with her. Thus, I can take her to a 10am music class and still be a career woman!
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Work hard and take risks.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Food, I guess :)