My goal as a dietetic professional is to bring knowledge to the greatest amount of the public as possible. As we will live in a better environment when people are able to make more informed food choices. Educating is an area in which a dietitian must be skilled. No matter what aspect of nutrition one specializes in, he/she must be able to effectively communicate nutrition information on a level that the general public might understand it as well as communicating it in a way one can connect with on an individual basis.
Within nutrition, I am very interested in pediatrics, food policy, and disease prevention through diet. I love working with children and their families, especially for special needs children. I am interested in promoting change in our current food industry to eliminate the barrier many Americans have in making healthy food choices. I enjoy the feeling of offering help to someone in need and, as a nutrition professional, I can help people everyday through education, nutrition therapy and much more.
Outside of my responsibilities, I enjoy many outdoor activities with my friends, family, & pets. I have a great appreciation for nature and love to travel. Singing and reading novels are also hobbies of mine along with baking using ingredient substitutions.
I was an active member of the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) from my sophomore through senior years in college. This organization is actively involved in the community and is based upon raising nutrition awareness across our local area. The other missions of the IUP SDA are to provide guidance to nutrition majors and minors throughout their coursework, promote professionalism, and develop personal and professional nutrition awareness.
I served as Vice-President of this student organization during the 2010-2011 academic year and held the Fundraising Committee Chair position during the 2009-2010 academic year. My specific roles as Vice-President were to assist the President in her responsibilities, record active membership, and provide active members with certificates each semester. My responsibilities certainly went beyond what is stated. I practiced leadership, communication, and organizational skills in coordinance with creativity to make being a part of SDA an enjoyable experience for our members. I have greatly benefitted from the positions I held within the SDA and it has been a learning experience that helped to prepare me for the professional atmosphere.
During my junior year of high school, with the help of my most valued teachers, I decided that I wanted to study Nutrition. This is a subject that I have grown increasingly passionate about as I continue to learn and educate others!
After completion of a Dietetic Internship, I ultimately plan to seek employment with a school district so that I can educate students, parents, and co-workers about a healthy lifestyle. I have many ideas of how I can collaborate with teachers & administration to enhance the knowledge of nutrition to families within that area. .
My motivation for this career is to target the future of America to grow up knowing better standards for the food they eat, their overall health, and the environment they live in.
Mar 2013 - Present
Certified Lactation Counselor
Earning the CLC certification has enabled me to promote & support breastfeeding amongst the York County WIC population. This has been an exciting piece to the beginning of my nutrition career as I have successfully communicated the importance of optimal nutrition from birth to many program participants.
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Bachelor of Science
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Feb 2012 - Present
Community Progress Council, Inc
- Determine income eligibility for new applicants and existing participants.
- Perform anthropometric measurements & HemoCue lab testing for eligible participants.
- Provide nutrition counseling and education to a diverse population.
- Provide breastfeeding promotion and support to pregnant and currently breastfeeding women.
- Complete grocery purchases through WIC to ensure grocer's are in compliance with WIC guidelines.
Oct 2013 - Present
The York JCC recently made the addition of nutrition as part of their Wellness Program. The Nutritionists at JCC facilitate individualized consultations as well as group workshops. We are still in the process of solidifying our marketing techniques to yield the highest program participation rate.
Facebook is used as a promotion for both Fitness and Nutrition. Posts are updated on a regular basis to provide basic nutrition information to those who follow the 'York JCC Fitness & Wellness' page at https://www.facebook.com/yorkjccfitness
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Volunteer, Nutrition Services
- Assisted dietitians with patient assessments and documentation
- Observed outpatient counseling and patient education consultations
- Assisted kitchen staff with tray line and performed task of checker
Jun 2008 - Aug 2009
Summer Program Assistant
- Performed all managerial tasks for 4-H Food Concession
- Followed and assisted Nutrition Educator in teaching nutrition classes
- Coordinated and supervised county-wide day camps on healthy lifestyle topics
- Organized and supervised a nutrition education table for local school's health fair