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Education

Aug 2014May 2016

Masters of Science - Clinical Nutrition

Rush University - Chicago, Illinois
Aug 2010May 2014

Bachelors of Science - Nutrition and Dietetics

Miami University - Oxford, Ohio

Work History

Sept 2016Present

Menu Manager

Roche Dietitians
  • Evaluate and standardize recipes for Brookdale Community Living Centers for three weeks
  • Assure recipes are meeting specific Therapeutic Diet guidelines using Food Works software for nutrient analysis
Apr 2015June 2016

Menu Analyst 

Illinois Department on Aging
  • Evaluated cycle menus for all Chicago Golden Diner Senior Centers.
  • Analyzed menu items for nutrition adequacy using the City of Chicago Department of Aging guidelines.
  • Gained knowledge of food preferences of various cultures.
  • Assured menus were meeting specific Vitamin A and C recommendations by researching Vitamin A and C content of various foods using the USDA database.
Aug 2014Apr 2016

Dietetic Intern

Rush University Medical Center

Clinical Nutrition

  •  Counseled patients using the Nutrition Care Process on the diabetes, cardiology, oncology, geriatrics/rehabilitation, neurosciences, gastroenterology/transplant, renal, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and surgical, medical, and neurology intensive care units for 31 weeks.
    • Covered rehabilitation center (70 bed unit) completing all RDN responsibilities and working collaboratively with the diet technician and the interdisciplinary team attending rounds on a daily basis for 4 weeks
  • Provided nutrition education on a weekly basis to patients attending allergy, geriatric, and transplant outpatient clinics for 9 months
  • Gained knowledge and extensive experience using EPIC and CBORD software systems 

Community Nutrition  

  • Completed 5 weeks in various community nutrition areas
    • Counseled kids aged 6-8 years old on how to manage their type 1 diabetes with diet at the American Diabetes Association Camp Can-Do
    • Provided diabetes and weight loss education to adults with type 2 diabetes at Stroger Cook County Hospital Outpatient Diabetes Clinic
    • Developed a nutrition handout regarding Parkinson's Disease and presented to 40 senior center attendees in the city of Chicago.
    • Provided a nutrition lesson regarding healthy snacking to 50 1st grade students attending HeadStart classes. 

Foodservice

  • Completed 200 hours of foodservice operation experience with emphasis on inpatient meal services and retail meal services in both cafeteria and restaurant style venues.
    • Developed, tested, and marketed a new menu item to be served in the hospital cafeteria while meeting nutritional, production, and cost goals.
    • Conducted a sustainability project and utilized photoshop software to categorize cafeteria products into recyclable versus compostable for use by foodservice employees.
Oct 2014Dec 2015

Diet Clerk

Rush University Medical Center
  • Evaluated patient menu selections to assure compliance with corresponding diet order.
  • Entered 400-600 patient menu selections for next day tray service via CBORD software system.

Research

Masters Thesis 

  • Completed a 2 year Masters Thesis Project
    • "The Agreement between a Skin Prick Test and Food and Symptom Frequency Questionnaire in Adult Patients with Adverse Food Reactions."
    • Presented at Rush Research Mentoring Program Symposium, August 2016

Management Project

  • Completed 120 hours of building and implementing a quality improvement project
    • "The association between calorie intake and functional independence measurement (FIM) scores in adult stroke patients admitted to acute rehabilitation." 
      • To be presented at Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo Poster Session, October 2016

    Epidemiology Project - NHANES

    • Planned and implemented a epidemiological study using NHANES 2011-2012 datasets
      • "The Association between Oral Health Care Recommendations and Sugar, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Calcium Intakes in U.S. Adults."

    Volunteer Experience

    President Elect -- August 2016 -- Present

    West Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Scholarship and Awards Committee Co-Chair -- September 2015 -- June 2016

    Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Internship and Masters Coursework Portfolio

    Below are images, documents, and presentations developed during my internship and coursework. Click on the image to view more.

    Skills

    Motivational Interviewing

    Counsel patients and assist in behavior change using open ended questions, reflection, and active listening skills.

    Interpersonal Communication

    Provides valuable information and ideas by listening attentively in interdisciplinary setting

    Epic Electronic Medical Record and CBORD Software

    Experienced user for documentation and food service operations

    Public Speaking

    Continuously working on confidence to speak and present nutrition information in a public setting