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Education

Aug 2013Jun 2015

M.S., R.D. in Clinical Nutrition

Rush University Medical center

GPR: 3.78 / 4.0

Aug 2009May 2013

B.S. in Food Science (Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics)

Clemson University

GPR: 3.51 / 4.0

Experience

Clinical Dietitian, Froedtert Hospital; Wauwatosa, WI
  • Screen and prioritize patients for nutrition risk in a high acuity urban hospital

  • Prescribe diets, ordered tube feeding, and ordered parenteral nutrition using EPIC

Clinical Dietitian, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center; Milwaukee, WI
  • Screen and prioritize patients for nutrition risk in a high acuity urban hospital

  • Interweave Medical Nutrition Therapy and nutrition counseling for a diverse population using the Nutrition Care Process 


  • Prescribe diets, ordered tube feeding, and ordered parenteral nutrition using EPIC

  • Advocate for patients through multidisciplinary teamwork and communication 


  • Specialized experience obtained in the abdominal transplant population

Diet Clerk, Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL
  • Entered menu selections through CBORD computer system and evaluated meal selections for compliance
  • Provided customer service to patients and hospital staff

Research and Presentations

Mar 2017Feb 2018

Malnutrition medical coding and billing

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center; Milwaukee, WI
  • Partnered with medical coding specialist to present ASPEN malnutrition criteria to 6 physician groups
Feb 2017

Transplant Nutrition Considerations and Updated Guidelines

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center; Milwaukee, WI
  • Co-resented transplant MNT at Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Reviewed nutrition guidelines and recommendations for the transplant patient
  • Identified the malnutrition criteria and impact on the transplant patient
  • Reviewed the updated SCCM/ASPEN critical care nutrition guidelines
  • Evaluated the use of tube feeding in the transplant patient
Sep 2013June 2015

Graduate Student Researcher

Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL
  • Designed methodology for validation of a novel Mediterranean Diet screener
  • Managed several internet-based programs for data collection
  • Recruited participants to complete multiple electronic 24-hour recalls and screeners
  • Organized and analyzed data using SPSS statistical software
Oct 2014Mar 2015

Management Project -- Simulation Study

Rush University Medical Center; Chicago IL
  • Researched curriculum development for nutrition counseling simulation 
  • Coordinated with Rush University Simulation Lab (RUSL) managers and local experts on healthcare simulation
  • Created and administered needs assessment surveys to preceptors and students
  • Used results to develop comprehensive curriculum for intern nutrition counseling practice 
  • Outlined plan for future implementation of curriculum
Feb 2015Feb 2015

Seminar Presentation -- Role of microRNA in Food

Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL
  • Co-presented the latest research findings on microRNA in food
  • Explored the key question: "Does the exogenous miRNAs absorbed from food affect gene expression of the host in a way that impacts health?"
Jan 2015Jan 2015

Cooking Demonstration -- Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL
  • Planned menu, created handouts, and tested recipes for a vegetarian Indian cooking demo
  • Co-demonstrated a 5-course meal for patrons of the Rush Food and Nutrition Services
Sep 2014Dec 2014

NHANES Research Project

Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL
  • Analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data using SPSS software
  • Examined relationship between adherence to Mediterranean dietary pattern and grocery store commute time
  • Presented findings to Rush University faculty and staff at a poster session  

Related Experience

Ice-cream Server & Supervisor

April 2012-June 2013
'55 Exchange; Clemson, SC

  • Served customers ice-cream, smoothies, coffee-chillers, and milkshakes
  • Produced unique ice-cream flavors in the micro-creamery
  • Managed employees during closing shift

Nutrition & Culinary Educator
August 2011-December 2011
ClemsonLIFE Program; Clemson, SC

  • Instructed students with intellectual disabilities on basic nutrition theory
  • Chose appropriate recipes and drew up a shopping list on a weekly basis
  • Taught specific skills including recipe reading, food safety, and knife skills
  • Guided students as they discovered how to cook simple, healthy meals

Microbiology Lab Assistant/Researcher
August 2011-December 2011
Dr. McNealy's Lab; Clemson, SC

  • Investigated the effect of gold nano particles on the growth of Acanthamoeba polyphaga
  • Compiled microbial growth curve data
  • Maintained a mosquito insectary

Awards & Scholarships

20132014

Rush University College of Health Sciences Golf Scholarship Award

Department of Clinical Nutrition

Given to incoming freshman within the College of Health Sciences with prior outstanding academic performance

20102013

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Enhanced Recipient (2010-2013)

Clemson University

Given to students with an outstanding high school academic history, who are in math and science related majors, and who maintain a cumulative GPR of 3.0 throughout college

Certifications, Affiliations & Other Activities

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member (current)
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management (September 2016)
10th Annual RU Caring Back to School Health Fair volunteer (July 2014)
RTC Med Prep Interprofessional Workshop volunteer (April 2014)
Clemson University Fencing Club; Member (2009-2013), Secretary (2010-2012), Coach (2012-2013)
Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitian Assoc. (CPSDA) RD Boot Camp (Jan. 2013)
Poster Presentation at The National Ice Cream Retailer’s Association (November 2012)
Dot's Kitchen of Westminster volunteer (July 2012-November 2012)
Shadow of Sally Nicholson, RD, Pickens County School District Dietitian (August 2012)
Food Science and Human Nutrition Club (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)
Flute Choir (Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
Concert Band (Spring 2010, Spring 2011)
Tiger Marching Band (Fall 2009)

Portfolio

The portfolio items below showcase my writing style, critical thinking skills, ability to synthesize and analyze research, and creative aptitude. Hover over each item for a description; click to view or download.

Research Projects & Writing Examples

Presentations & Handouts