Talk about a busy bee. Meet a Health Education Consultant for over 7,000 people, Shelley Rael, MS, RD, LD. NutritionJobs caught up with Shelley to learn how she balances her work load. What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics? My mother was always very nutrition conscious – a “health nut” back in […]
Cartoon Network has an RD? Oh yes! Read on to meet Joanne P. Ikeda, the RD who consults, writes, and practices in a clinical setting. Koszyk: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics? Ikeda: The subject matter was so practical and useful that I recognized the value of becoming “a nutrition expert.” […]
Private Practice doesn’t just mean your typical office job. Bonnie Y. Modugno, MS, RD, is a consultant, spokesperson, and writer. NutritionJobs got the scoop on her career success. NutritionJobs: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics? Bonnie Y. Modugno, MS, RD: Mostly, it was my personal struggle with weight coupled with watching […]
by MELISSA HALAS-LIANG, MA RD CDE on OCTOBER 6, 2011
By Sarah Koszyk, RD From Clinical and Critical Care RD to Creator of SuperKids Nutrition. Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE and her Super Crew Team is “saving the world one healthy food at a time.” Learn more about her Super Crew Team and her journey to new ventures. What attracted you to the field of […]
by BRIANNA PETERSON, RD, LD, CPT on AUGUST 15, 2011
Talk about the perfect dinner party companion. Brianna Peterson, RD, LD, CPT, combines a career in dietetics with exercise physiology. She shares her career path with NutritionJobs.What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics? I have a huge passion for health. Knowing that you can prevent some diseases, fight early signs of aging, […]
Dr. Karen Reznik Dolins, EdD, RD, CSSD, CDN, is a Lecturer at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, Sports Dietitian for Columbia University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, Nutrition Consultant to the New York Knicks, and guest lecturer for the WNBA, Cirque du Soleil, and Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon
NutritionJobs: What career mistakes have you made along the way?
Karen Dolins: Many, I’m sure. I’ll tell you that the most difficult thing for me is tooting my own horn. Marketing is not a strength of mine. As a result, I’ve lost out on some opportunities. I had one great opportunity that didn’t go anywhere. I think I was too nervous at the time and didn’t do enough receptive listening. I never got feedback, but my guess is that I could have been a better listener to the athletes, and been more sensitive to the fact that they were getting information from a wide variety of people and I perhaps could have been more open to being sensitive to that.
NutritionJobs.com: You have been an RD for over 30 years and are also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You have two Master’s Degrees (Nutritional Science and Social Service), you are the author of several publications, including “Counseling Tips for Nutrition Therapists,” and you are a leading expert in Motivational Interviewing. All this while also running your own nutrition and psychotherapy private practice that specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating and binge eating. Impressive! Can you tell us how you got where you are?
Molly Kellogg: My first jobs in nutrition were in a WIC program and then in a hospital pre-natal clinic. I wanted to help people eat better! I then started a private practice on a part time basis in the 1980’s. During this time, eating disorders started coming my way and I realized I needed more skills. I started taking workshops, reading, trying to figure it out, until finally I decided I needed to more training and went back to school to get a Social Work degree in the mid 1990’s. As I was getting that degree I realized my colleagues were going to be therapists, and that I could become a psychotherapist too. I never planned to leave the field of nutrition but this is the way it evolved, and the fields are very complimentary. I started getting asked by nutrition colleagues to do workshops and training on counseling skills. Now half of what I do is writing, speaking, and training nutritional professionals on counseling. I mostly train dietitians who work in private practice, outpatient hospital clinics, or eating disorder programs where they realize, as I did, that we didn’t get enough counseling training in our nutrition training.
We had the pleasure of interviewing three more power-players in the supermarket arena. All three are dietitians who enjoy getting their health message out to the masses and helping consumers choose healthy options from the start – in their grocery cart!
NutritionJobs: You recently spoke on the topic of Supermarket Nutrition at FNCE this year and discussed the opportunities for dietitians as “Supermarket Dietitians”. Can you tell us how you found yourself in the position as a Corporate Dietitian for the Arizona grocery store chain, Bashas’?
Barbara Ruhs: My exposure to education in the supermarket setting started when I was an undergraduate at Cornell in the 1990’s. I worked as a research assistant for a work study project leading supermarket tours at Wegman’s (an East Coast grocery store chain). The seed was planted. During graduate school and my internship at Boston University, I did a community health rotation at Boston Public Schools. This experience solidified my interest in public health. My first job was working for the Massachusetts Child Nutrition Programs implementing the Dietary Guidelines in school meals. Changing school meals for better health was challenging due to many things, including financial constraints. Making global changes in government programs takes a lot of time and political will. I found myself asking the question, “There must be a better way to make difference?”. So, I started my own business, Neighborhood Nutrition, to bring the message back to the local level and use retail venues to educate. I pitched the idea to store personnel in my neighborhood at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I even had the opportunity to present the idea at the corporate offices for large retailers in Boston, including Stop & Shop and Shaws. There was a positive response, however, the missing piece was funding. No one had a corporate budget for nutrition education or health promotion. So I continued to build my private practice and worked as a dietitian for Harvard University. The exposure to different ethnic, educational and financial backgrounds of the clientele inspired me to develop new approaches to solve public health issues. Eventually I received a lead about a supermarket job at Bashas’ in Arizona and jumped at the opportunity for my dream job.
NutritionJobs: You have been the Dietetic Internship (DI) Program Director at San Francisco State University (SFSU) for over 5 years where you program and coordinate supervised practice experience for 10-12 interns annually and maintain 50+ preceptors in clinical, food service, skilled nursing and community facilities around the San Francisco Bay Area. How has the landscape changed since you have been a DI Program Director?
Wanda Siu-Chan, MS, RD: Getting into internships has become extremely competitive. I really feel for the many applicants who are certainly well qualified for a dietetic internship, but do not get matched. Because of the large number of applicants vying for limited spots, especially on the East and West coast, the applicants who are generally matched have very high GPAs and extensive work and volunteer experience.