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Knowledge/Skills

  • Effective communication in both written and verbal form 
  • Strong ability to establish working relationships with multiple team members
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Ability to solve problems, generate ideas, think creatively, organize multiple tasks, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Savvy fundraising skills
  • Proficient table service and safe food handling skills
  • Competence with word processing and presentation software
  • Cultural sensitivity with an appreciation for diversity

Education

Sep 2017Present

Associate of Applied Science

Culinary Arts

Hudson County Community College

Professional Experience

Apr 2010Present

Owner

VEG Consultant Services
  • Conduct individual nutrition assessments and counseling 
  • Create nutrition education curriculum for groups across the lifespan
  • Facilitate nutrition education workshops
  • Provide meal planning and preparation services
Feb 2017May 2018

Registered Dietitian

Columbus Hospital LTACH
  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate all phases of nutritional care for critically ill adult & geriatric patients
  • Assess patients' nutritional status and make recommendations for appropriate medical nutrition therapy interventions 
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to provide and coordinate high quality care
Jul 2016Dec 2017

Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Nutrition Educator

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
  • Created curriculum for this short-term diabetes management and prevention program for Black/African-Americans
  • Facilitated nutrition education workshops that focus on general diabetes education, diabetes meal planning, experiential nutrition activities, goal setting techniques, maintaining health behavior change, and more
  • Collaborated with the program coordinator and other health care and fitness professionals to deliver engaging and effective dietary/lifestyle interventions
Jan 2016Oct 2017

Registered Dietitian

Rutgers University
  • Assessed the nutritional status of people at this infectious disease clinic 
  • Developed appropriate, individualized medical nutrition therapy interventions
  • Conducted 1:1 nutrition counseling sessions
  • Worked with administrative/management staff to implement validated nutrition screening tools to generate appropriate interdepartmental medical nutrition therapy/nutritional services referrals
  • Assisted with fundraising and social media campaigns to support patient activities and increase the reach of the medical practice
  • Coordinated projects which address food insecurity experienced by patients, i.e. Thanksgiving Food Bag Project
  • Referred patients to community emergency food resources as necessary
  • Collaborated with IT staff to update nutrition assessment and counseling documentation tools in medical record system
Jun 2011Jul 2013

Registered Dietitian

Village Care
  • Completed nutrition assessments for adult men, women and gender-nonconforming people at this day treatment program 
  • Conducted individual nutrition counseling sessions, assisting clients in reaching their nutritional goals
  • Collaborated with the interdisciplinary team to create appropriate treatment plans for all clients
  • Facilitated nutrition education groups that focused on nutrition & disease, changing nutrition and health behaviors, the health at every size model, and preparing healthy foods that are budget friendly
  • Created and modified the curriculum for all nutrition education groups
  • Coordinated with foodservice staff in developing healthier menus for the day treatment program
Apr 2010May 2011

Registered Dietitian

CAMBA
  • Completed individual nutrition assessments for men and women who participated  in the Living Independently Through Education and Support program
  • Developed, monitored, and evaluated clients' service plans
  • Facilitated nutrition workshops which focused on healthy eating on a budget, managing food stamps when grocery shopping, and weight management
  • Conducted a healthy eating workshop in coordination with the program's cook, demonstrating healthy recipes and discussing various nutrition-related health topics
  • Lead grocery shopping trips assisting clients in making healthy choices on a $25 food voucher budget
  • Completed monthly reports detailing nutrition services
Jul 2008Mar 2010

Registered Dietitian/Case Manager

Housing Works, Inc.
  • Completed nutrition assessments for people who received medical and mental health care at this women's health center
  • Worked with the interdisciplinary team to create, monitor, and evaluate comprehensive care plans
  • Designed curriculum and lead group nutrition education and counseling sessions
  • Conducted nutrition education/cooking workshops for children & adolescents as a part of the family grant programming
  • Supervised dietetics interns and nutrition volunteers
  • Worked in coordination with the foodservice staff to ensure healthfulness of meals provided
  • Coordinated the overall interdisciplinary plan of care for a case load of clients

Registration & Licensure

Awards & Certificates

  • ServSafe Certification - Expected September 2018 
  • Momentum Education Leadership Program Certificate of Graduation
  • Current Research in Maternal HIV Care
  • Peer Coaching -- Helping Colleagues with Opportunities and Challenges
  • Update on HIV Antiretroviral Therapy
  • What is Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy?  A Discussion of Core Concepts and Applications
  • Mildred S. Bunton Award for Distinguished Practice in Dietetics
  • Performance Award in Dietetics for demonstration of the competence, knowledge, and practice of an entry-level dietitian

Volunteer Experience

YWCA of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY                                                                Mar 12 - Mar 15

  • Conducted a Health at Every Size women's nutrition support group for adult women residents of the YWCA of Brooklyn
  • Provided hands on culinary nutrition workshops educating residents of healthy food preparation

Sante Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti                                                                 Jul 12 - Jul 14 

  • Assisted with fundraising efforts to support the organization's mission, "Sante Pou Tout Moun (Health for All)."
  • Prepared for the organization's upcoming annual medical missions to Haiti
  • Provided nutrition consultations for people with hypertension, diabetes, and anemia, as well as pregnant women and growing children
  • Tested and interpreted blood glucose readings in order to provide individualized nutrition therapy for diabetics
  • Conducted nutrition workshops focusing on disease management and general health and wellness

Double Discovery Center, New York, NY                                                Dec 08 -Dec 10 

  • Facilitated nutrition education workshops for middle and high school students in this afternoon educational support program

National AIDS Marathon Training Program, Washington, DC    Jun 06 - Dec 06 

  • Raised over $4000 for the Whitman-Walker Clinic to assist in their efforts to provide vital services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the greater Washington, DC area
  • Trained for and completed the 2006 Honolulu Marathon