Conversation 14: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Ellen Davis RD, LD, CSSD
“I truly developed a passion for nutrition and dietetic when I was running track and cross country at the University of Missouri. I realized far too late in my career as a Division I athlete that I was making poor fueling choices. I made it my goal to become a sports dietitian. Looking back, it was a challenge but I think that is what we do as dietitians, we just put our heads down and just do it. ” -Ellen Davis, RD, LD, CSSD
My conversation today is with Ellen Davis, RD, LD, CSSD
Ellen was always passionate about being an athlete since 7th grade running track and cross country. It wasn’t until college did she realize the connection nutrition had with her performance and health as a Division I athlete. She suffered from many injuries and realized how not fueling her body properly was part of the equation. By being an athlete herself, she wanted to help other athletes learn from her experience and now spends her time working with athletes at all different levels in all different sports. Ellen is one of the most kind and genuine woman and registered dietitians I know. She truly cares about her clients and believes their successes are also her own.
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Conversation 13: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Chere Bork MS, RDN
“I think what comes up is thinking about letting go of perfection. I really believe perfectionism kills. It kills our spirit. I have seen it kill my dietitian clients. Everyday do something that is imperfect and write it down. The more you grow your life, the more you grow your fun.” - Chere Bork MS, RDN
My conversation today is with Chere Bork MS, RDN
Chere Bork is an energy igniter, speaker, media spokesperson, a registered dietitian and is truly living her passion and purpose by helping others living a life where she believes that knowing your purpose, energizes your life, which creates your happiness which you need in order to live healthy and then you can truly feel balance and authentically love your life. I meet Chere a few years ago and listened to her speak at a conference about this exact topic which I feel has had a sincere impact in my current life. I was excited when she was our keynote speaker at our Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference and shared her insight on living a life you love. I knew I had to have a conversation with Chere and be able to share her amazing insights with everyone. I think we could have talked for hours or maybe even days! I hope to have her on again, but for now, absorb all you can and get a taste of Chere’s life from this next hour.
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Conversation 12: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Brenda Shannon RD, LD
“I knew I always wanted to do clinical (dietetics) and I knew it was a good fit for me because it is interesting and exciting. It kind of fits my life over all. When I leave work, I leave work and I don’t have to take it home with me.” - Brenda Shannon, RD, LD
My conversation today is with Brenda Shannon, RD, LD
By listening to my conversations, I hope you know by now how much I enjoy talking with registered dietitians and having them share their story. There is truly something special when I can share the story of a registered dietitian who had a huge impact in my life by being my preceptor, co-worker and now one of my most dearest friends. Brenda chose to become a registered dietitian a little later in life and has worked in a variety of settings with her current position as a registered dietitian in Iowa who works for a special population of individuals at Glenwood Resource Center where her clients have significantly unique nutrition needs. This woman has taught me much and inspires me everyday.
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Conversation 11: The Story, Journey and Passion of Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen RD, LD
“Everyone has a book inside of them because everybody has a story to share. We are all drawn to stories and how someone else’s life can affect your life and impact you and inspire you and I think every dietitian can help someone.” - Jen Haugen, RD, LDN
My conversation today is with Jen Haugen, RD, LD
Jen is known nationwide as the Down to Earth Dietitian and I couldn’t agree more. I have been lucky to be a Nutrition Communicator for Midwest Dairy with Jen for the past 4 years and getting to know how her personal life has really influenced her professional life as a registered dietitian. She has come full circle with her passion of gardening, nutrition and nourishing the lives of others, especially her family and moms. As long as I have know Jen, I had no idea how deeply rooted gardening was in her life. It is wonderful how she is sharing her love for growth from the ground with growth at home around the dinner table. She has been a clinical dietitian at Mayo, a retail dietitian, and a media expert. She is now in her current role, impacting the lives of children's health with school food service, becoming a newly published author with the writing of her first book The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden and a list of other exciting adventures. I am excited to share her story, thus far.
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