Registered Dietitian Career Spotight: Anne Till, RD (SA)
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MARCH 15, 2013
Meet Anne Till, dietitian from South Africa who relocated to the United States. She’s an RD who wears many hats from corporate consulting to social media to researcher to literature reviewer. Find out how she balances her time to accomplish all her goals. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I am passionate about nutrition, education, health, wellness and people. My career as a dietitian has provided me with enormous amounts of job satisfaction, and my quest for nutritional truths related to wellness and chronic disease prevention keeps me inspired and motivated.
Your Job Title?
Nutrition & Wellness Entrepreneur
Company you are with now?
A& T Consulting LLC.
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
I have recently relocated from South Africa, in January 2012. My typical day in SA was filled with; consulting with patients, managing a large clinical practice with a number of dietitians, attending meetings with corporate clients, writing for the media, doing television and radio shows, or developing or delivering presentations for conferences (academic (national and international), press/media, corporate or other). Now that I am in the US – I am adjusting the American way of doing things – I am amazed at how well US RDs multi-task. My typical morning now includes working on and/or writing up research I am involved with (The effect of discounting “healthy food “purchases to promote healthier eating habits), completing literature reviews, Tweeting, Writing for the media, and Corporate consulting.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I have worked hard in SA to create a strong brand. I also subscribe only to evidenced based medical nutrition therapy and use this to support any nutritional materials or statements I develop – this has helped me to develop a credible and reliable brand in SA. I hope to do the same here in the USA.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was probably born with tenacity and don’t give up easily if ever. I believe where there is a will there is a way.
Along the way – I have gained an enormous amount of nutrition knowledge over the years through extensive reading and researching of the literature with regard to chronic disease prevention and management. I have also gained valuable insight into the battles people face daily in managing health and weight problems. Having been directly involved with intensive nutritional counseling of thousands of people over 17 years, my patients have taught me more than any text book could have. Working with people has contributed to my ability to translate scientific knowledge into practical recommendations for the public that are effective and easy to apply.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
If you have a goal and go for it! Don’t let circumstances or others deter you from what you have as your goal. Where there is a will there is a way – you just need to find it. Hard work does pay off! Be credible and reliable, base recommendations on proper evidence.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Most of all – I would like more time. As they say – “so much to do and too little time”.
Apart from that I really would like to see chronic disease and obesity impacted on a global scale – this would be a great reward – which I believe is also true for many other professionals who work in the health and