NutritionJobs: You are currently the Clinical Recruitment Manager for Sodexo, USA, and you have also held the honored title of President of the American Dietetic Association, 2004-2005. But you started out in the pediatric intensive care unit. How did you make the transition from pediatric dietetics to recruiting?
Ms. Laramee: A lot of advances in nutrition science were happening when I first started out as a dietitian. Tube feeding and TPN were becoming more available. The RD role in the hospital was becoming clearer. In the NICU, I had the opportunity to be part of a team of MD’s and RN where we learned from each other. But eventually I burned out on the intensity of the job. It also became routine. I later discovered that there were more career opportunities supporting our profession and in the business end of dietetics.
You’ll be surprised to learn who mentors her. Read on…
NutritionJobs.com: As a Registered Dietitian you have a unique educational background. How has this influenced your ability to provide nutrition counseling?
Ms. Ledesma: I have a BA in Psychology but also went for a Master’s in Nutrition and launched a career as a sports nutritionist before settling in as an oncology dietitian. Working with the WHEL study proved to be a pivotal point in my career. I found my passion working with oncology patients. My background in Psychology helps with one-on-one nutrition counseling. You have currently integrated several different positions to create an impressive career as a well respected RD in San Francisco.