Dietetic Career Spotlight: Debi Zvi, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JANUARY 22, 2013
Meet our newest Registered Dietitian, Debi Zvi, who just passed her RD exam! Congratulations! Read on to find out how she got involved in the dietetic world during her student years volunteering for Nutrition Entrepreneurs, a dietetic practice group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. – Sarah
Your Job Title:
Registered Dietitian: just completed the exam!
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
When I was eleven years old I found out that I had very high cholesterol and triglycerides; my doctor allowed me to choose my treatment course: diet or medication. I began learning how to control my blood lipid levels through diet and my fascination with nutrition took off.
What are you doing now?
I recently graduated from the Sodexo NY MNT Dietetic Internship and will begin my Masters in Mental Health Counseling this fall. While completing my dietetic Internship I realized how deeply connected peoples’ mental health and nutrition status are.
What do you do for the Mentoring Program at Nutrition Entrepreneur (NE)?
For the past 2 years I have been volunteering for the Nutrition Entrepreneur’s Mentoring Program. When I first started, I transformed the program from paper-based to cloud-based. Then I began to match mentors and mentees. I also troubleshoot tech issues, manage customer service, write articles for the Ventures Newsletter, mentor Dietetic students, correspond with mentors and mentees regularly, and participate in brainstorming to improve the program.
How did you get this position with NE?
I worked with Rebecca Bitzer, the NE Mentor Coordinator, at her private practice in Maryland and began helping her with the Mentoring Program soon after I started there. After two years of volunteering, she was instrumental in creating an official volunteer position for me as Mentor Coordinator Manager in the Nutrition Entrepreneur DPG.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with a thirst for knowledge, always asking why, how, etc. I have had to learn how to be patient.
Do you have any advice for Dietitians just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, assert yourself. A wonderful dietitian I met during my internship told me, “If you never shoot, you will never score.”
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Something truly priceless…New York City real estate.