Experienced Clinical Dietitian with 17 years of experience helping hospital patients handle chronic medical problems through effective nutrition. Successfully educated patients and families, planned menus and completed assessments. Strong communicator with outstanding active listening skills.
Results-oriented Dietitian with 12 years of experience working in Hospital setting. Dedicated to using evidence-based nutrition to improve patient lives. Expert at counseling, treatment planning and progress monitoring.
Knowledgeable Clinical Dietitian with 17 years educating patients and families, monitoring patient nutrition and managing physician-ordered diets.
Demonstrated success in collaborating with clinicians to optimize patient plans. Thrives in challenging, fast-paced settings when managing multiple tasks and working with various patients.
· Duties: Clinical Dietitian: Plan, direct, supervise and evaluate nutritional care of outpatients and inpatients; provide nutrition counseling to active duty personnel, family members, and retirees; provide nutritional assessments of patients; monitor laboratory values and nutritional status; review diets prescribed by physicians making necessary diet calculation, recommending dietary changes and tailoring diet to each patient; conduct patient education, both on individual basis and through group classes; teach dietary principles for all disease entities; and coordinate nutrition therapy with physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care practitioners. Proficient in implementing and educating patients on appropriate Medical Nutrition Therapy for many disease states including Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Failure to Thrive, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Food Allergies, and Cancer.
Develops Nutrition Plans addressing individual patient conditions, including diabetes and food allergies.
Determines client-specific nutrient and energy requirements, with consideration to specific lifestyles, physiology and medical concerns.
Completes detailed nutritional assessments of each patient based on health history, medical conditions and energy requirements.
Served four years as Clinical Dietitian on Interdisciplinary Diabetes Team, teaching Carbohydrate controlled meal plans and blood glucose monitoring and glucose control to patients with Diabetes.
Certified Obesity and Weight Management Specialist with expertise in weight management and Bariatric Nutrition.
Serves as Subject Matter Expert on Interdisciplinary Bariatric Team and developed Nutrition Program aspect of Bariatric Program.
Supports Army Body Composition Program by teaching variety of nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle classes to Active Duty Soldiers.
Advises Soldiers on appropriate strategies to meet nutrient needs and achieve weight loss goals to promote optimal health and performance.
Certified Go For Green 2.0 instructor and recipe coder.
Responsible for teaching and certifying all military and civilian dining facility staff in Go For Green.
Performs menu and recipe reviews and revisions and provides guidance on choice architecture to promote healthy food options in all Dining Facilities.
Is the current Food, Beverage and Recipes Approving Authority for all dining facilities on Fort Riley.
Participates in community activities and health fairs providing nutrition education to Fort Riley and the surrounding communities.
Serves as Billing Official verifying and certifying purchases while reconciling the Nutrition Care Division Credit Card; reconciles Government Purchase Card every month.
Researched nutrition education methods and developed effective education programs and services.
Distributed course syllabus and communicated course standards and learning objectives to students.
Provided immediate and constructive feedback to students individually and as group.
Evaluated students' competencies through written assignments and examinations.
weekly classes and kept open communication with students through campus e-mail accounts.
Monitored attendance and grades; turned in grades on time as was required by the college.
Devoted special emphasis to punctuality and worked to maintain
outstanding attendance record, consistently arriving to the classroom ready to start immediately.
Charted infant and child growth on National Center for Health Statistics growth charts.
Administered prenatal and postnatal care for mothers to include vitamin regimens, breastfeeding coaching and hormone imbalances.
Obtained, ran and assessed hemoglobin levels on all WIC clients as needed, in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
Assessed nutrition status of infants, and children, pregnant, and postpartum, and breastfeeding women using diet history, anthropometric measures, and biochemical data.
Accurately assigned Nutrition Risk Factors, assigned secondary nutrition contacts for appropriate follow-up nutrition education in WIC office.
Made appropriate referrals to other community agencies that would further assist in meeting additional psychosocial needs of clients.
Effectively provided nutritional counseling to promote risk factor resolution for such risk factors as overweight, underweight, low birth weight, pre-maturity, failure to thrive, breastfeeding problems, inappropriate feeding practices, gestational diabetes and low hemoglobin levels to name a few.
Clearly communicated program guidelines and voucher usage to make clients aware of their rights and responsibilities as active WIC clients. Developed individualized nutrition care plans according to client risk factors using recommendations of American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and American Dietetic Association.
Worked with clients to help set nutrition goals, provided education and devised plan to best meet those goals.
Accurately completed all documentation in computerized client charts on KWIC system.
Referred clients to appropriate programs and agencies based on referral criteria and State Agency guidelines.
· Assisted in development of Nutrition Services Plan (NSP).
Enforced breastfeeding friendly local agency environment that promoted positive attitude toward breastfeeding.
Actively involved in outreach initiatives, as public speaker and representative for WIC.
Presented to newly arriving Fort Riley families, and both pregnant Active Duty Soldiers and pregnant family members in partnership with New Parents Support Group and Irwin Army Community Hospital.
Worked cooperatively with Health Service Workers to assure that client appointments were scheduled appropriately to maintain assigned caseload and meet processing standards.
· Developed and taught nutrition education classes and interactive nutrition displays on topics such as healthy eating, infant care, breastfeeding, exercise, and MyPyramid.
Assisted in development and updating of local WIC policies and procedures to maintain consistency, accuracy, and effectiveness with all clients actively participating in WIC.
Conducted quarterly chart reviews to ensure that nutrition services provided met State Agency Policy and Procedure Manual guidelines.
Provided on-site training and guidance to volunteers, students, and new employees. Maintained solid knowledge of and complied 100% with HIPPA privacy regulations.
Served as WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator
Monitored funds designated for breastfeeding within the local agency budget, assuring cost effectiveness and accountability.
Developed orientation guidelines and provided ongoing training to local staff on breastfeeding and support issues.
Coordinated and facilitated WIC breastfeeding community outreach and promotion activities by developing bulletin boards and client handouts that encouraged breastfeeding.
Educated pregnant clients on benefits of breastfeeding at each certification appointment. Assisted breastfeeding mothers and infants with issues or difficulties that may have arisen while breastfeeding.
Made appropriate appointments and referrals for follow-up care.
Courses completed in English Composition 1 (3hrs), Technical Mathematics (3hrs), Beginning Keyboarding (3hrs), Total Quality Management(3hrs), English Composition 2 (3hrs), Intermediate Algebra (3hrs), General Psychology (3hrs), Introduction to Sociology (3hrs), College Algebra (3hrs),Microcomputer Applications (3hrs), Fundamentals of Speech (3hrs) GPA: 3.7
Description: Course studies in Chemistry 1 (4 hrs),
Principles of Macroeconomics (3hrs), German 1(4hrs),
German 2(4hrs), Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics (1hr),
Chemistry 2(4hrs), Human Needs (3hrs), Basic Nutrition (4hrs), Accounting for Business Operations (3hrs). Principles of Biology (4 hrs), General Organic Chemistry (3 hrs), Environmental Issues (2 hrs), Human Body (8 hrs), Science of Food ((4 hrs), General Biochemistry (3 hrs), Elements of Statistics (3hrs), Human Nutrition (3hrs), Life Span Nutrition (3hrs), Nutrient Metabolism (4hrs), Principles of Food Production Management (3hrs), Nutrient Assessment (2hrs), Nutrition Education in Extension (1hr), Clinical Nutrition (5hrs), Environmental Issues 2 (1hr), Counseling Strategies in Dietetics (3hrs), Weight training (1hr), Personal Wellness (3hrs), Public Health Nutrition (3hrs), Food Production Management(3hrs), Cost Controls (3 hrs), Weight Training 2 (1hr), Management in Dietetics(3hrs), Practicum Management in Dietetics (6hrs) Applied Clinical Dietetics (3hrs),Practicum in Applied Clinical Dietetics (6hrs). GPA: 3.5
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