Brief Biography

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2009, Dani Pliskow was selected to be the Nutrition Labeling Intern at Kellogg. During her 2 years at Kellogg, Dani gained experience with the development of various nutrition labels and assisted with an assortment of requests to ensure compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations. It was during this time that Dani decided that she wanted to pursue a graduate degree in nutrition as well as complete a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian.

Dani earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as completed her Dietetic Internship at Northern Illinois University in December 2013. While in the program, Dani worked as a graduate assistant in conjunction with the Northern Illinois Food Bank where she developed 12 monthly wellness lessons for students in kindergarten through 5th grade as part of the UNICUE Kit (Utilizing Nutrition in the Community for Understanding and Empowering) for food pantries. In addition, she coauthored an article that appeared in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal in June 2013 entitled Food Pantry Nutrition Education about Whole Grains and Self-Efficacy. During her lifecycle rotations, Dani taught students (Kindergarten-5th grade) lessons from the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (C.A.T.C.H) program, worked at the campus recreation facility providing nutrition-counseling services to college students, led group nutrition education classes at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and presented on Guilt-Free Holiday Eating to residents of a long term care facility. Dani completed her foodservice management rotation at New Hall where she managed a Midnight-in-Paris-themed special dinner with one of her peers. During the summer of 2013, Dani thrived during her clinical rotation at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois and presented two nutrition care plans for individuals with complex nutrition needs. In her final community nutrition rotations, Dani was able to work with a wide variety of patients and clients including customers of the grocery store, Mariano’s, patients seeking nutrition counseling for diabetes and weight loss, and low-income students at a local high school. It was during this time that Dani was able to develop her counseling skills and gain the confidence she needed to move forward with her career.

In addition to her experiences as a dietetic intern, Dani successfully completed a thesis research project entitled Effects of a Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Education Class on Self-Efficacy and Nutrition Knowledge in Minority Participants of a School-Based Food Pantry.

Dani enjoys cooking, baking, running, and bicycle riding and is passionate about health and nutrition.  

Work History

Work History
Oct 2014 - Present

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Rise
  • Motivates and empowers clients to meet nutrition and health goals through daily, personalized nutrition coaching 
  • Successfully uses current software technology to coach clients 
May 2012 - Aug 2012

Summer Lunch Program Graduate Assistant

Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Responsible for managing the delivery of food order from the food vendor daily
  • Led team in distribution of order amongst different routes to ensure that meals were delivered to sites all over Northern Illinois in a timely manner 
Sep 2011 - May 2012

Graduate Assistant with Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois University
  • Developed 12 monthly wellness lessons for students in kindergarten through 5th grade as part of the UNICUE Kit (Utilizing Nutrition in the Community for Understanding and Empowering)
  • Created and administered a needs assessment questionnaire focusing on nutrition knowledge and education for participants of mobile food pantries served by the Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Coauthored an article that appeared in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal in June 2013 entitled Food Pantry Nutrition Education about Whole Grains and Self-Efficacy
Jan 2010 - Apr 2011

Data Coordinator

William Barr Associates- Kellogg Contractor
  • Audited Kellogg North America’s product portfolio for Whole Grain Stamp compliance and brought portfolio up-to-date. Created a system to maintain Whole Grain Stamp application information, including developing company guidance on how to apply for the Whole Grain Stamp.
  • Determined compliance of Kellogg North America’s product portfolio with Kellogg Global Nutrition Criteria. Used Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint to generate a report for senior management on how a change in criteria would impact compliance across categories and overall.
  • Evaluated the identity statements on the principle display panels on the packaging of Kellogg North America’s ready to eat cereals for compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations. Presented action steps required to meet compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations for each product.
  • Analyzed the Kashi portfolio for protein claims and worked with the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score to ensure compliance with The Code of Federal Regulations. Reported findings and recommended action steps to bring each product to compliance to senior management.
Jun 2009 - Dec 2009

Nutrition Labeling Intern

Kellogg
  • Gained experience with the development of various nutrition labels and assisted with an assortment of requests to ensure compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Led the initiative to automate the Nutrition Labeling department’s paper files by creating a computer based system to eliminate the need for paper files

Education

Education
Jun 2011 - Dec 2013

M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics

Northern Illinois University
Sep 2005 - May 2009

B.S. in Dietetics

University of Wisconsin Madison

Certifications

Certifications

Alpha Eta Award

Alpha Eta Society

BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Certification

American Heart Association

ServSafe Certification

National Restaurant Association
Mar 2014 - Present

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Commission on Dietetic Registration

Skills

Skills

Time Management

* Demonstrated time management during the food service rotation while preparing for and successfully executing the "Midnight in Paris" special dinner for residents of New Hall at Northern Illinois University  * Demonstrated time management skills everyday while interning as a clinical dietitian at Edward Hospital when seeing and charting on patients * Demonstrated efficient time management by completing a 2-year thesis research project while simultaneously taking Master's classes and interning as a dietetic intern 

Collaboration

* Collaborated with various administrative personnel both at the campus student recreation center and campus dining services to create a nutrition presence in the New Hall Dining room * Collaborated with nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to understand the food intake and acceptance of senior citizens at a residential facility to help them maintain a healthy weight * Collaborated with nurses, speech and language pathologists, and physicians on a daily basis to coordinate patient nutrition care while interning as a clinical dietitian at Edward Hospital * Collaborated with 4 nursing students to teach Coordinated Approach To Child Health (C.A.T.C.H) lessons about healthy eating and physical activity to students in kindergarten through 5th grade * Collaborated with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, individual food pantries, and Aramark to conduct my thesis research project  * Collaborated with another dietetic intern, food service staff, student food service workers, and management to successfully implement a themed special dinner at one of the campus residential halls

Oral Communication

* Presented a nutrition seminar at Whole Foods Market in Cupertino, CA to 18 participants entitled Decoding Labeling Ling: Focus on Fat, Sugar, and Salt * Taught a kids nutrition class focusing on fruits and vegetables to 9 children between the ages of 5 and 12 * Taught Coordinated Approach To Child Health (C.A.T.C.H) lessons to students in kindergarten through 5th grade with the focus on healthy eating and physical activity * Performed individual nutrition assessments with high school students * Presented on sports nutrition for members of high school dance, volleyball, and soccer teams  * Performed individual nutrition assessments and follow-ups for adults with diabetes and obesity  * Taught group education class on having a "Healthy Halloween" to participants at WIC Presented on "Guilt- Free Holiday Eating" to senior citizens at a retirement community * Conducted a cooking demonstration at Mariano's grocery store highlighting whole grains in recipes * Presented a case study of a patient with nutrition complications to clinical dietitians at Edward Hospital * Taught group education classes on what and how to eat with diabetes as part of the group education series for individuals with type-2 diabetes at Dupage Medical Group * Led a 1-hour grocery store tour at Meijer for 7 individuals with diabetes where I discussed carbohydrate counting, label reading, and recommended foods/products * Presented a poster of my thesis project to members of the Rock River Valley Dietetic Association   

Creativity

* Designed and implemented a kids nutrition class for 9 children between the ages of 5 and 12 at Cadence Fitness and Health that focused on fruits and vegetables by incorporating physical activities, stories, and hands-on activities * Developed multiple handouts on a variety of topics using text and images to help patients and clients make better food choices * Planned and performed a healthy holiday cooking demonstration for 17 patients with type-2 diabetes where I demoed and sampled 2 holiday recipes * Planned and led a healthy grocery shopping tour for 7 individuals with diabetes at Meijer grocery store where I discussed carbohydrate counting, label reading, and recommended foods/products  

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Member since 2011

San Jose Peninsula Dietetic Association; Member since 2014

Alpha Eta Society; Elected as an Active Member of the Northern Illinois University Chapter on April 21, 2013

Career Goals

The following are my short-term and long-term goals as a future practitioner of dietetics:

Short-Term Goals (Within the next 1-3 years):

  1. Begin practicing in the field of dietetics in a position where I am able to combine my passions for both working with people and food and nutrition
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in working with a variety of patients and/or clients including those with obesity and diabetes
  3. Participate in continuing education to enhance knowledge of evidenced-based practice 

Long-Term Goals (Within the next 5 years):

  1. Consider obtaining credentials to become a certified diabetes educator (CDE)
  2. Participate in continuing education to enhance knowledge of evidenced-based practice
  3. Take on more responsibility through management opportunities 

Dietetic Internship Plan

Northern Illinois University

College of Health and Human Sciences

Department of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Dietetic Internship

Spring 2012:

  • FCNS 652; Nutrition and Dietetics Workshop; Clinical Care Issues

Fall 2012:

  • FCNS 610; Dietetic Internship; Life Cycle Nutrition

Spring 2013:

  • FCNS 617; Dietetic Internship; Food System Management
  • FCNS 653; Nutrition and Dietetics Workshop; Management Issues

Sumer 2013:

  • FCNS 618; Dietetic Internship; Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • FCNS 624; Dietetic Internship; Medical Nutrition Therapy

Fall 2013:

  • FCNS 619; Dietetic Internship; Community Nutrition

Academic Plan of Study

Northern Illinois University

College of Health and Human Sciences

Department of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Summer 2011:

  • FCNS 529; Strategies for Modifying Nutrition Behavior

Fall 2011:

  • FCNS 604; Research Methods
  • FCNS 645; Macronutrients
  • FCNS 605; Biostatistics in Public Health

Spring 2012:

  • FCNS 600A; Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • FCNS 646; Micronutrients
  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

Summer 2012:

  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

Fall 2012:

  • FCNS 611; Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

Spring 2013:

  • FCNS 615; Intensive Metabolic Nutrition Support
  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

Sumer 2013:

  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

Fall 2013:

  • FCNS 699A; Thesis

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