I am a University of Florida alumna currently working full-time as a District Dietitian in Long Term Care for Healthcare Services Group in St. Petersburg. I also work part-time as a Registered Dietitian Consult for Balanced Senior Nutrition in a long term care facility in Tampa. I have previous experience with Florida Hospital Orlando in the ICU & rehab setting and I have consulted with Meals on Wheels, Etc making menus and providing client nutrition education as well as trained the kitchen staff to be ServSafe certified. In school, I volunteered with the UF Sports Nutrition Office researching the latest supplements & nutrition advice for our athletes. I also volunteered at the VA HONOR Center for homeless vets, teaching them how to grow fresh vegetables and use them in healthy recipes. I even worked as a diet tech at Shands, helping with research studies involving nutrition. As you can tell, I like to keep busy and work in many different areas of nutrition to keep me well rounded on all things nutrition. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, specializing in Nutritional Sciences. I also have a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences. My studies during graduate school focused on nutrition & immunity. My graduate thesis was written on antioxidant activity in wheat bran ready to eat cereal. After deciding I preferred human interaction over test tubes and assays, I went back to earn my postbaccalaureate in Dietetics. I finished my Dietetic Internship through Andrews University. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist for the state of Florida, and a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Tampa AND, and Pinellas AND which are perfect ways to network and keep me in the know of advances in the nutrition field. I review journal articles daily to see what the new research is saying and subscribe to many popular health magazines to make sure I’m aware of the latest diet trends people are hearing about.
I love anything to do with food: eating it, cooking it, reading about it, teaching about it, etc. If there’s food involved, I am happy. I hope to share my experiences and knowledge to help you choose healthier options when dining out, create easy & nutritious meals at home, and make good decisions when attending social gatherings with friends and family.
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“All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The term Nutritionist is not protected by law in almost all countries so people with different levels of knowledge can call themselves a “Nutritionist”. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist has completed an undergraduate program in nutrition and also a one year clinical internship program. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists must pass a national exam administered by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Registered Dietitians must also maintain their registered status through continuing education and advanced degrees/certifications for areas of specialization.”