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Throughout my educational career, I have not only developed exceptional fundamental skills necessary to succeed in the dietetics profession, but I have also acquired a vast skill set making me uniquely qualified in numerous areas. I have developed the ability to disseminate evidence-based research to provide the highest level of care to my patients as well as hone my leadership, collaboration, and communication skills through numerous community outreach activities. My superior educational experience, drive for extraordinary patient care, and passion to help others have contributed to my growth as a competent professional. As a RDN, I hope to empower individuals to enhance their quality of life and provide them with tools necessary to achieve optimal health. 



Aug 2014June 2016

Master of Science, Clinical Nutrition

Rush University, Chicago, IL

Thesis Title: "Pilot Study: Nutrition environment quality of patronized stores compared to diet quality of patrons intakes: impact of socioeconomic status."

Aug 2010May 2014

Bachelor of Science, Dietetics

Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Diabetes Certificate
  • Applied Health Sciences and Wellness Honors Program

Honors Research Title: "Food security, produce intake/behaviors, and cervical health of adult women living in rural Appalachia: a pilot study."

Work experience

Aug 2016Sep 2016

Head Chef/Kitchen Manager

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
  • Served as lead cook to prepare daily buffet style dinner for an average of 60 guests
  • Planned weekly menu that adhered to multiple diet restrictions
  • Led diverse international team utilizing effective communication skills
Aug 2014May 2016

Dietetic Intern

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

   Clinical Experience

    • Completed over 35 weeks of inpatient clinical rotation implementing MNT to a wide variety of patients in units including cardiovascular, geriatric, GI/surgery, neurosciences, oncology, renal, pediatrics, neonatal ICU, and adult ICU/critical care
    • Completed over 200 hours of outpatient experience providing individualized counseling in clinics including: 1) OB/GYN Clinic with adult patients with obesity and prenatal issues, 2) Medical Homes working with adults with comorbidities such as DM, CVD, and obesity, and 3) Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic with patients who previously underwent stem-cell transplants

    Staff Relief Experience

    • Worked as acting RDN during 4-week staff relief rotation on oncology and general medicine floors engaging in daily interdisciplinary rounds, utilizing motivational interviewing techniques to provide individualized counseling, and calculating enteral nutrition orders for patients requiring alternate form of nutrition support

    Community Experience

    • Developed curriculum, created handouts, and presented educational information at various community settings including Head Start Program, Crossroads Diabetes Camp, Facing Forward, and Senior Center Site
    • Collaborated with a psychologist to provide nutrition education tailored to participants involved in the Stress Eating Therapy (SET) Group where mindful eating and meditation techniques were utilized
    • Completed a 2-week externship with a RDN specialized in integrative and functional medicine counseling patients on nutrition therapy involving the whole person and all aspects of lifestyle

    Food Service Experience

    • Completed 10 weeks functioning as a member of the food service team in three kitchens: patient meal kitchen, cafeteria kitchen, and upscale dining kitchen
    • Developed, marketed, and implemented a new cafeteria item adhering to specific nutrient requirements sold in the cafeteria

    Management Experience

    • Worked as part of a team to develop and present a 9-month hospital-wide nutrition wellness and education program
Jun 2015Sep 2015

Diet Office Clerk

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 
  • Entered CBORD menu selections for 400-600 patients for next day meal service
  • Ensured patient's menu selections were compliant to dietary restrictions
Jun 2013Jul 2014

Student Intern

Atrium Medical Center, Middletown, OH 
  • Obtained 200 hours of experience in clinical, food service and community rotations with a Registered Dietitian, Food Service Operator and a Diabetes Wellness Educator
Jun 2013Jul 2014

Nutrition Service Associate

Atrium Medical Center, Middletown, OH
  • Delivered meal trays and supplements to patients
  • Educated patients on menu selections that adhered to diet restrictions

Community Outreach & Extracurricular Activity

Jan 2016

Oakley Square Health Fair, Chicago, IL

  • Utilized motivational interviewing to integrate the AHA Life’s Simple 7 components into participant’s lifestyles 
Sep 2013Jun 2014

Diabetes Bootcamp, Athens, OH

Nutrition Educator
  • Prepared and delivered lesson plans and educational handouts
  • Coached participants to expand knowledge of diabetes self-management
Sep 2012Jun 2014

Live Healthy Kids, Athens, OH

Assistant Facilitator 
  • Taught Third Grade students about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals

Professional Presentations

Clinical Nutrition Experience

Food Service Experience

Community Nutrition Experience