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RUSH Project Improvements


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Lakeview Food Pantry

September 2013- Present

American Diabetes Assoc. Expo

April 2013

Women, Infants, and Children

May 2009- August 2009

Dietetic Internship

Clinical Experience:

  • Completed five months of in-patient clinical rotations with two weeks of staff relief
  • Provided individualized diabetes instruction on carbohydrate counting and meal planning
  • Presented a patient case study on necrotizing fascitis to clinical staff
  • Completed a review of literature pertaining to the role of omega-3 on cardiovascular disease
  • Provided nutrition counseling to patients at the Davenport out-patient dialysis clinic
  • Lead a lecture pertaining to the dietetic scope of practice, and standards of professional practice

Foodservice Experience

  • In-serviced food service employees on new restaurant style menu and importance of increasing patient satisfaction
  • Completed menu planning and analysis
  • Conducted tray accuracy audits
  • Assisted in placing food orders for school foodservice operation

Community Nutrition Experience:

  • Taught cardiac rehabilitation classes and advised patients on healthy eating
  • Designed vitamin and mineral handouts to use for customer education at Hy-Vee grocery stores in the Quad Cities
  • Provided nutrition counseling to new mothers at WIC
  • Taught nutrition lessons at Clinton Middle School

Thesis Research

Thesis entitled Impact of a Restaurant Style Menu on Patient Satisfaction

Objectives of the study:

  • Compare Rush post-discharge ratings of food temperature, food quality, courtesy of tray passers, and overall hospital before and after implementation of a new menu using data from Press Ganey
  • Examine patient comments related to implementation of a new menu
  • Compare patient satisfaction ratings stratified by patient demographics (age, gender, length of stay and unit)
  • Compare number and reasons for trays ordered through the diet office pre and post implementation of a new menu




Work experience

Oct 2013Present

Administrative Dietitian

Rush University Medical Center
May 2011Oct 2013

Patient Meal Service Supervisor

Rush University Medical Center


Aug 2012Present


Rush University

Iowa State University

Bachelor of Science

Bradley University


Aug 2008Aug 2018


City of Chicago, State of Illinois

Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics