Conversation 10: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Beth Sloan RD, LDN
“To convince dietitians to be preceptors is one thing and I think we that we need to really come together as a profession and really look at what is important and how are we educating our future dietitians and is this model working? And if this model is not working, how can we change that? ” - Beth Sloan, RD, LDN
My conversation today is with Beth Sloan, MS, RD, LDN
Beth Sloan is a registered dietitian I was thrilled to meet upon my journey to New Orleans. She is a native to New Orleans. We had a great conversation about her journey so far. She has worked in clinical, outpatient diabetes and cardiac rehab, public health and currently is a professor at Nicholls College in Thibodaux, LA, where she is the Director of Dietetics and is an Assistant Professor of Dietetics specializing in teaching, evaluating, and advising
undergraduate dietetics students. Not only is she a professor, but currently is the President of the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a registered dietitian who truly gives back to the success of our profession. After our great conversation, we went out on a little adventure and she introduced me to her favorite places in downtown New Orleans. We shared pralines (and I learned how to pronounce it properly) at Laura’s Candies and had a Pimm’s Cup at the Napoleon House. That evening, I dined at Galatoire's, her favorite spot to eat dinner. It was an absolute joy to get to know Beth, learn more about her registered dietitian journey and about her hometown.
Please enjoy my conversation with Beth.
Conversation 9: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Dorria S. Amer, MPH, RD, LDN
“ I was restless because I wanted to be self employed and then I realized, well I can be. I always wanted to work for myself and I never wanted to dread Mondays. ” - Dorria S. Amer, MPH, RD, LDN
My conversation today is with Dorria S. Amer, MPH, RD, LDN
As I have set out on a quest to meet registered dietitians, I decided I would make it a priority whenever I go to a new city, I would meet up with registered dietitians from this location. I headed to New Orleans in October of this year and had the great opportunity to meet Dorria Samer. Dorria graciously opened up her beautiful shotgun home up to me and we had a great conversation on her comfy couch. Dorria has had a fascinating career so far as a registered dietitian with family roots and first job out of college in California, an internship and next career moves taking place in Boston, and certain events happening in her personal life leading her to her current life and career in New Orleans. Find out how her own catering business, Hurricane Katrina and Au Bon Pain had a big part in her registered dietitian journey. Dorria lives by the mantra of “not dreading Monday” and has worked in or created jobs to fit this positive life goal. I hope you are inspired by her as much as I am.
Please enjoy my conversation with Dorria.
Conversation 8: The Story, Journey and Passion of Food Scientist, Susan Bingaman
“There was never a connection but the lightbulb went off. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had those big college books where you are trying to figure out your life, looking at all the majors in the majors in the colleges. I was in the Food/Dietetics section and Food Science was in there. I thought it sounded ridiculous and my mom goes, that’s you. Wanting to help people cook is what I want to do. Dietitians know how the food acts in the body. I know how food acts in the food ” - Susan Bingaman
My conversation today is with Susan Bingaman, Food Scientist
From time to time, I want to have conversations with guests who are not registered dietitians, but have a deep connection to food, nutrition and wellness. Susan Bingaman is one of those fascinating guests whose lifelong passion has been the science of food. As a little girl, Susan always found herself in the kitchen with her family cooking and this passion lives on in her today. My conversation is all about being a food scientist, working in a test kitchen and the importance of recipe development. It is a great listen for anyone who has an interest in the dedication to creating recipes with love and that taste great.
And in the spirit of one Susan’s favorite quotes from Ina Garten: “If someone can do something better, let them.” please enjoy my conversation with Susan.
Conversation 7: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Erin Thole, RD, CSSD, LD
“Having my initial background as my own personal employer, for a lack of better words, I had to do business and when I went to my previous job, it was very business focused instead of nutrition focused. So I went and got my MBA, in part because I always think of what is the next step. I want to dictate where I am going to be in the future. Yes, I can always learn something, but I am always the type who is grabbing for more. ” -Erin Thole, RD, CSSD, LD
My conversation today is with Erin Thole, RD, CSSD, LD
Erin and I have known each other professional through the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by volunteering together in Marketing. This is when I learned Erin has a passion for nutrition and dietetics, but also for sports, running and business. What is fascinating about hearing Erin’s story is she struggled to find a job outside of her internship and decided to start her own business. She is one of a few certified sports dietitians in Iowa, she still has her own business but is also working in a different area of the health and wellness landscape.
I hope you enjoy Erin’s story.
Conversation 6: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Jodi Schweiger RD, CDE, LD
“Coming out of that (dietetic) program, I knew I wanted to do something non-traditional in being a dietitian. Back in that time, it was-oh dietitians just do hospitals, there wasn’t so many options out there. But I was lucky to have found an option (in retail) for a non-traditional dietitian role...Isn’t that the point of our career? Anything is possible.” -Jodi Schweiger, RD, CDE, LD
My conversation today is with Jodi Schweiger, RD, CDE, LD
Jodi, my guest today, is a registered dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator a wife and mom and one of my mentors. When Jodi got out of her internship, she approached a retail business, basically cold calling them and explaining to them why they needed a registered dietitian. In her jobs to follow, she carried on this entrepreneurial spirit and has made things happen for herself professional. Jodi’s story is inspirational and noteworthy.
Enjoy listening to her story.
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The Story, Journey and Passion of Dietetic Intern (so far), Sonja Ouimet, Dietetic Intern.
“My goal is not to be a dietitian in the military. It is kind of like a good experience to have one really good dream job of being a dietitian. Then on the weekends, I get to go be someone different and it’s a lot of fun but I do get to use a lot of my education there.” - Sonja Ouimet, Dietetic Intern
My conversation today is with Sonja Oiumet, Dietetic Intern at Iowa State University
Sonja Ouimet is a dietetic intern from Iowa State University. Sonja spent some time with me during her internship and I really wanted to know more about her story and passions about dietetics. Sonja has quite the journey to being a dietetic intern. After high school, Sonja started her career with the National Guard, which altered her timeline and path to becoming a registered dietitian. We talked about her journey so far, tips on applying for your internship, and her love for being in the military.
Please enjoy my conversation with Sonja.
The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Sherry Adams RD, LMNT
“I wanted to do something more medical and I had a half crazy notion of going to med school at one point, but that didn’t last very long. I really loved working in ICU, have been a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician®(CNSC®) and have taken the test 4 times. Recently, I decided to make the jump (out of clinical) and work with physicians out of the hospital and caring for people in the home setting on enteral and parenteral support.” - Sherry Adams, RD, LMNT
My conversation today is with Sherry Adams, RD, LMNT
Sherry Adams is not only a registered dietitian and but a nutrition support expert. Sherry was my clinical preceptor during my internship and taught me everything I know about tube feedings and TPN’s. She also believed in me so much as an intern, she offered me my first registered dietitian job. She has such a special place in my heart. I knew Sherry’s dietitian journey was interesting, but it was wonderful to sit down with her and listen to her story.
The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Kristyn Kamrath RD, LMNT
“I have an innate curiosity about everything. If I don’t know about it, I want to learn about it and I’m still that what today. If I’m going to speak about something or be asked about something, I want to know everything I can about it so I can be a reliable and credible source.” - Kristyn Kamrath RD, LMNT
My conversation today is with Kristyn Kamrath, RD, LMNT Service Leader Clinical Nutrition at Nebraska Methodist Health System
Kristyn and I go way back to the early 2000s when we were both newer registered dietitians. Kristyn started with Creighton University Medical Center as a bariatric dietitian while I was working as a clinical dietitian. She has a great story of moving from Nebraska to Florida for her internship, working in Florida and navigating the registered dietitian professional landscape in a very unique way.
So please kick back, relax and enjoy my conversation with Registered Dietitian, Kristyn Kamrath.
Conversation 2: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Erin Hoisington RD, LD
“Throughout school and even in the short time I have been out of school, some of my philosophies have changed and shifted and which I think is a good thing. And I hope that they continue to do that because I think that’s only the responsible thing to do. The more we learn about, the more experiences we have to gleen from those (experiences) and form our own opinions.” - Erin Hoisington, RD, LD
My conversation today is with Erin Hoisington, RD, LD Long Term Care and Consultant Dietitian for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Living Communities
My guest today is Erin Hoisington, a registered dietitian who chose dietetics as a second career a little bit later in life, similar to myself. When I first met Erin, she was reaching out to me to ask about what she needed to do to get the schooling necessary to become a registered dietitian. Erin’s first degree is in agricultural education and teaching But she had such a strong passion for dietetics, she took the leap and started completely over. Erin and I talk about going back to school and her first job as a registered dietitian.
Please enjoy my conversation with Erin..
The Story, Journey and Passion of Jena Hunt, RD, LD , Diabetes Education Coordinator for Central Iowa Healthcare
Jena and I really connected while she was my intern. I was looking forward to catching up with her on where she is in her life and her career. When she completed her internship, Jena wasn’t really sure where dietetics would take her, but she knew family was the most important to her and her job would follow. She knew during her internship she enjoyed working in community nutrition. She started out her career as a registered dietitian for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Marshalltown, Iowa and realized her passion was working with expecting and lactating mothers. As she was evaluating her life/work balance, she was found her second job as a Diabetes Education Coordinator a better fit.
Please enjoy my conversation with Jena.