Registered Dietitian Career Spotlight: Jennifer Lynn-Pullman MA, RD, LDN
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on APRIL 2, 2013
Bariatric & weight management dietitian, Jennifer Lynn-Pullman, discusses how starting a private practice and working for a bariatric program is both rewarding and exciting. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
In high school I gained a bit of weight and so to lose it I really started to pay attention to what I ate and began to exercise. I read everything I could about nutrition. When I started at Penn State I was an exercise science major, but after taking my first nutrition course I was hooked.
Your Job Title?
Weight Management/ Bariatric Dietitian
Company you are with now?
Partner/Dietitian Eat Right Bucks in Doylestown PA
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
I work as a bariatric dietitian Tuesday-Thursday. On these days I get my kids off to school and head to the office where I see patients preparing for bariatric surgery and patients who have already had surgery. Friday through Monday I focus on my private practice, which I officially opened this month with my partner Kristie Finnan RD. Right now we are working on promotion. So I spend time on social media including twitter and facebook, blogging for Food Lady RD, and setting up our office.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I worked as a contractor from 2007 until recently for another bariatric surgery program. We would receive requests for nutrition counseling for patients who did not want surgery. With the encouragement of the Medical Director at the time I began a private practice to fill this need. My commute was long, so this summer I joined forces with Kristie Finnan RD, my website designer, to open an office in our area. As far as my bariatric position, Einstein Bariatrics was in need of a dietitian because their former RD left to take another position. I worked with one of their surgeons at another program. He contacted me and recommended me for the position.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I think I am a good listener when it comes to patients and clients and this is something I was born with. Other skills, especially in the bariatric nutrition area, were learned through experience, participation in bariatric nutrition list servs, and asking questions. I recently completed the Certificate of Weight Management Training course, which is a big help.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Get to know other dietitians and other professionals in the area you are interested in. Keep in touch with people you worked with even when you change jobs. Do not be afraid to do something you no have experience in, you can always learn!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
A vacation for my family once a year to any location we choose.