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Oct 2011Present

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 2003Oct 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 2009May 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 2009Dec 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 2005May 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.


Jennifer Earnest, MS, RD, LDN

Ms. Earnest is the Chief of the Administrative sECTION OF THE MEMPHIS VAMC and a preceptor for the"Food Service Systems" rotation.  Ms. Earnest can speak to my time management, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills. 

Nathene Stark, MS, RD, LDN

Ms. Stark is the Clinical Manager at The Memphis VAMC and preceptor for the "Clinical Management" rotation for the Dietetic Internship.  Ms. Stark can speak to my ability to work efficiently and effectively.

Patricia Prince-Griffin, MS, RD, LDN

Ms. Prince-Griffin is the preceptor for the "Outpatient" rotation for the Memphis VAMC Dietetic Internship. She can speak to my ability to counsel patients, teach group classes, form relationships with patients, and write electronic notes using the Nutrition Care Process.

Jacqueline Roos, MS, RD, CDE, LDN

Ms. Roos is the dietetic internship director at the Memphis VAMC as well as a preceptor for Intensive Diabetes Management. She can speak to my leadership capabilities as well as my ability to empathize and connect with patients.

Catherine Austin, MS, RD, LDN, FADA

Ms. Austin and I worked together on a proposal for a rural health grant, and she is a preceptor for the administrative rotation with the Memphis VAMC dietetic internship and can speak to my time-management and ability to be flexible and prioritize projects.


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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