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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

Jun 2018Present

Registered Dietitian

La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc
  • Assess the nutritional status of adult clients of this social service organization using established standards of care and practice  
  • Develop, evaluate and monitor appropriate, individualized medical nutrition therapy interventions
  • Provide 1:1 nutrition counseling sessions
  • Conduct bi-monthly nutrition workshops
  • Oversee the food bank/home delivered meals program 
  • Refer patients to community emergency food resources as necessary
  • Ensure client engagement and retention
Feb 2017Present

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
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
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