Kelly Leska

Kelly Leska

Work History

Work History
Oct 2011 - Present

Dietetic Intern

Memphis VA Medical Center
  • Practiced the Nutrition Care Process in two different VA locations (Memphis VAMC and Jesse Brown VAMC)
  • Completed HIPPA training as well as the required TMS training courses.
  • Wrote a National Grant Proposal: Establishment of a Rural Health Nutrition Program via Telehealth Technology.
  • Helped to create a Home Tube Feeding Manual at The Jesse Brown VAMC.
  • Lead TPN team rounds at the Jesse Brown VAMC and acted as the Nutrition team in multidisciplinary rounds on the MICU at the Memphis VAMC.
  • Learned the importance of flexibility and a multidisciplinary approach by spending time with specialties including: ICU Nursing, Surgery, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Therapy, Cardiac Catheterization, and Wound Care Nursing
  • Provided nutrition counseling in Spanish.
  • Collected and analyzed patient satisfaction surveys and Valuable Conversations and developed and implemented programs for improvement.
  • Wrote nutrition tips at a 3rd grade reading level for the VA Twitter account.
  • Provided in-service education to the clinical staff at the Memphis VAMC and Jesse Brown VAMC about the insulin-pump infusion and continuous glucose monitoring systems
May 2003 - Oct 2011


Old Elm Golf Club

  • Provided alternative food options for members with special dietary needs
  • Remained flexible and open to schedule changes

  • Managed the dining room staff and provided training to new employees

Dec 2009 - May 2010

Nutrition and Dietetics Tutor

Dominican University
  • Gained the ability to recognize preferred learning styles



Dietetic Internship

Memphis VA Medical Center
  • 1340 hours of supervised practice rotations in clinical dietetics, food service management and community nutrition with a focus on medical nutrition therapy utilizing the nutrition care process, and a concentration in Ambulatory Care
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements

Dominican University
  • Received preparation for careers in the diverse field of nutrition.
  • Completion of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requirements to receive eligibility for a dietetic internship and registered dietitian status.
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Bachelor in Arts

University of Iowa
  • Studied content areas related to the Spanish language, including literature, culture and linguistics
  • Developed proficiency in the Spanish language, in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
  • Studied human physiological systems at all levels, from molecular and cellular to the organism as a whole.
  • Studied the basic sciences behind measuring human responses to internal and external stimuli, such as changes in activity levels, varying environmental conditions, and disease processes, and it applies this knowledge to the promotion of human health.


After graduating from my internship program on July 27, 2012, I will complete my RD exam within 2-3 months.It is also my intention to achieve my CDE as soon as I qualify.

My past experiences have made me proficient in patient-centered care, exceptional customer service, the Nutrition Care Process, and electronic charting and Telehealth Technology.My extensive experience in food service as well as my experience at the Memphis Veteran's Affair's Medical Center has shown me the importance of respect and that every relationship and encounter is an opportunity to improve quality of care.I am efficient with time-management and have the ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.My philosophy for medical nutrition therapy is to view each patient as the individual that they are.No “diet” will cure any condition, and recommendations should be manipulated to fit into the treatment plan that each patient helps create.This philosophy is unconventional; however, with patient-centered care, it is important to listen to the patient, ensure that he or she understands their condition, and work together to determine SMART goals for medical nutrition therapy.


Objective: To obtain an entry level Clinical Dietitian position based on my educational and professional experience. These experiences include: Four years at The University of Iowa where I received a BA in Spanish with a minor in Health Promotion, completion of a didactic program in dietetics accredited by CADE through Dominican University, and a CADE accredited supervised practice program through the Memphis VAMC with additional practice through the Jesse Brown VAMC.

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