Jennifer Fiske’s Inside Scoop on Taking the “Non-Traditional Route”

Jennifer Fiske

Which program are you currently enrolled in?  Texas Woman’s University

Where did you complete your undergraduate program? Sam Houston State University

Why did you pick the program you are in now? I chose to apply to TWU because they have a solid reputation of producing outstanding dietetic interns. The growth of the dietetics field has made internships and jobs incredibly competitive, so I wanted to be in a program that would challenge me and provide me with a variety of experiences to best prepare me for the future. TWU’s dietetic internship is coordinated, which is an added bonus since a Master’s degree will soon be a requirement and is always a competitive advantage/great way to “round out” your education. I also knew I wanted to complete a Master’s in sports nutrition, and TWU has one of the few programs in the country.  

How did you plan for this internship (time/finances/living/etc)? Oddly enough, I believe the 3 years post-baccalaureate helped me plan/prepare for the internship more than my time as an undergrad. I was disappointed when I did not match my first time applying (the spring semester of my senior year); however, I had a back-up plan. I moved to Dallas with my now husband and applied for a variety of nutrition related jobs. I was not sure exactly what I wanted to do at the time, but I knew I wanted to gain experience that would make me a stronger applicant. I accepted a great job with a school system and applied to graduate school at TWU.

For 2 years I worked full-time and attended school part-time. In an incredible twist of fate, my supervisor at work was an RD who also took a nontraditional route. The 2 years I worked with her were the best preparation for an internship- she pushed me beyond my comfort level and trusted me to “rise to the occasion”. She also lead by example and helped me develop management and people skills. After 2 years I left my job to finish my Master’s as a full-time student. In addition to coursework, my Master’s program required 3 practicums. During those 3 semesters, I gained experience counseling and charting, working in new/challenging environments, and exerting myself as a nutrition professional who can produce quality results and is desirable to work with. I have also worked the entire time I’ve been in school and chose jobs that were connected to nutrition and physical activity. Although the jobs have not always paid “big bucks”, they helped build my resume and prepare me for future success.   

When I applied for internships in February 2016, I knew I was as prepared as possible and confident I would match. I did apply to more than one internship program (better safe than sorry), but was selective with where I applied. Aside from my work and school experiences, I focused on building a future with my (now) husband. He works incredibly hard to ensure I can follow and achieve my dreams, which continues to be a true blessing. When I matched to TWU last year he said, “I always knew that was the place for you and I never doubted for a minute it would happen when the time was right.” Having a strong support system has helped me stay positive and excited about what I’m studying and where I’m headed- which I know is somewhere big!

What’s been your favorite part of your internship so far? Honestly, my favorite part of internship thus far is simply knowing I am one step closer (in the “home stretch”) to being an RD. Nutrition/Dietetics was not my original major, so my journey has been longer than most. I also love interacting with clients and teaching. Knowing you have the ability to change someone’s life for the better is empowering.

Do you have any crazy/fun stories from your internship? The most vivid memory that comes to mind is Match Day. My husband and I were driving to East Texas to see my family when results were posted. Although I was confident I would match throughout the application and interview process, I was very nervous that day. We pulled over on a country road and my husband excitedly told me I matched. I immediately burst into tears of joy and felt so relieved that I forgot to ask where I matched. (My husband made sure to point this out before telling me.) This moment will always be one of my favorite memories.

What do you plan to do after you’re done with your internship? Aside from the obvious (passing the RD exam), I will have one class left to complete my second Master’s. I plan to explore job opportunities during internship so I can start working as soon as possible. Thankfully, the last 6 months of my internship program are rotations only (no graduate classes), so it’s a great time to network and entertain a variety of opportunities. I have been interning with a local sports team for the past 8 months, and will continue with them through 2017, so I am hopeful they will have a position for me as an RD. (*fingers crossed*)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This may sound very cliché but…I hope in 5 years I am enjoying life to the fullest and embracing new opportunities. Yes, I do want to be a respected, successful RD. Yes, I would love to work for a major university or sports team. And yes, I would love to start a family with my husband. But more than anything, I want to experience new things, places, and people in ways I have not been able to while in school. Professionally, I would also like to be a contributor for publications (digital and print) and T.V. segments.

What did you expect going into the internship? Is it what you expected? The months between Match Day and the start of internship were some of the busiest of my life. As a result, I never felt nervous until the first time I met all of my fellow interns. Looking around the room, knowing we were all in this together, was both exciting and slightly unnerving. Although we were all a little overwhelmed at the end of our first meeting with our director, I was actually excited about all of the learning and experience to come.

Since this day, internship has been about what I had expected. Balancing graduate school with work, interning on my own, plus internship requirements keeps me incredibly busy with few days off. That being said, I am having fun every step of the way. The many assignments and projects don’t seem as daunting after completing a Master’s, and I always remind myself that each box checked (or grade uploaded in many cases) gets me one step closer to the RD exam. I also see how I am growing as a person from each experience- that feeling is invaluable.

What’s something you did not expect? To my surprise, I did not expect to be as calm as I have been throughout internship. Although I do feel the pressure of balancing so many activities and deadlines, I know this period is short-lived and at the end, it will all be worth it. A strong support system is key to surviving any internship, and even more important for enjoying the journey.

What is something that you think DPD students can do to stand out to in applications? The best piece of advice I can give to DPD students is to embrace who you are and think outside the box. Everyone will have their DPD director and a nutrition professor as references. Choose that third reference wisely! When I matched last year, my references were my graduate advisor, a former boss who’s an RD, and a PhD candidate in the Ex Phys department. My third reference was someone I had classes with and worked with on campus (I taught, supervised, and graded her students). She was able to speak about me in unique aspects, and I believe her reference helped me stand out. When writing your personal statement, stay personable. Your writing should be direct and succinct (1000 word limit is no joke), but also warm and relatable. Give the readers a glimpse of who you are, and leave them wanting more!

Anything you want to let people know that are applying to internships? Everyone applying to internships should have a strong backup plan. My backup plan ended up being a necessity the first time I applied, and in the long-run, it was a blessing. A backup plan does not mean an alternate career, rather a plan for growth and learning to better prepare you for applying in the future. I also want applicants to know that not matching your first time applying is not the end of your career in dietetics. Let me repeat- NOT MATCHING IS NOT THE END. Stay positive throughout the process and trust that your journey is your own. Whatever the results on Match Day, be confident in yourself and continue growing as a person.

#Journey2beRD

The Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Northeast Region is holding a photo story contest for dietetics students and interns to share their journey to becoming an RD!

Submit your photo and story of a unique experience on your Journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian to win some awesome RD2BE prizes!

Whether it’s food, funny, heart melting, or just an incredible story you have the opportunity to share and win!

Contest Dates:

  • September 21st – October 5th: Open for entries
  • October 9th– October 15th: Cast your vote
  • October 20th: Winners announced

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Don’t miss out on some amazing prizes from Sarcastic Nutritionist, The Academy, Road2RD, and Anne Elizabeth RD!

Letter From the President: Gabriela Puche

To all of the future dietitians of Texas:

For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of serving students and sharing with them opportunities for their future. Without a question, I am a constantly amazed by the drive and passion behind every dietetics student in the state. We are one of the few states that has a state-wide organization just for dietetics students, and that makes us a very unique and special group.

I have had the pleasure of working along other remarkable officers from all over the state, some of them are already RDNs that are making a difference in their communities.

To serve all of your has been a privilege.

With gratitude,

Gabriela Puche
TSDA President-elect 2015-2016
TSDA President 2016-2018

 

MS/DI Experience Shared by Heather Robertson at Texas Tech University

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Which program are you currently enrolled in?

I am currently attending the Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship in Lubbock and simultaneously obtaining the optional Master of Nutritional Sciences degree.

What were your initial thoughts before starting the internship?

Before starting the internship, I was extremely nervous as you always hear different stories of what it is like and you never truly quite know what to expect. Along-side the nervousness I was very excited to get started and learn everything I could first hand from my preceptors who would be dietitians.

What made you choose this program?

Honestly, it would have to be primarily because of the internship director at TTU. I obtained my undergraduate at TTU and could get to know her and knew how she truly cared for her interns. I knew then that this was something that I wanted to be a part of. I also have a fondness for TTU due to Lubbock being my hometown. Having my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Texas Tech University was a top priority to me. I am blessed to be able to say I will have both completed by December 2017.

Which rotation has inspired you the most?

As of right now I would have to say working with the VA (veteran) patients. I was able to see the incredible number of layers there are to a person and what a dietitian can do in the outpatient world to benefit them. The veterans that I met during this rotation were some of the most kind and thoughtful people and it completely opened my eyes to the possibilities after my internship.

How have your initial thoughts about the internship changed?

I am not as nervous as I was before starting the internship. There were so many unknowns before starting my internship and rotations but my confidence really came out during my rotations. In my undergraduate program, I would hear from instructors and older interns, “you know more than you think you do”; and it turns out, I really did! Once I got into the real world of dietetics, my knowledge and education came out and I began to remember things I didn’t think I would. It really has been an amazing thing to be able to put my education to use.

What has been the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging thing about the internship for me would have to be time management. I was a graduate assistant (GA) and so I did not start my dietetic rotations until 3 months after my fellow non-GA interns. While they rotate 4 days a week I had to rotate 5 to make sure I competed my 1200 rotation credit hours. When rotating 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and having a full-time graduate school schedule, it did not leave a lot of time for anything extra. Setting a routine and relying on my calendar has really balanced my schedule and has allowed me to get everything done that I need to in a day.

How did you plan for this internship (time/finances/living/ect)?

I was lucky enough to have applied for and received a graduate assistant position with TTU. This position helped with graduate school expenses as well as some living expenses. I knew that if I got this position that it would help with the expenses of the internship/graduate degree. Many conversations happened with my husband about the different outcomes of match day and where I could wind up and what could be done about housing and living expenses. We worked together to come up with a plan for each site that I applied to. It was a family effort and I knew that because of the plans put into place for each site I applied to that there was a solution to any problem with housing and living expenses that could arise.

What do you plan to do after you’re done with your internship?

After completion of the internship I will continue working towards my Master’s degree. I will graduate with my Master’s degree 1 month after the completion of my internship. I will then take a short break and start studying for the Registered Dietitian Examination. My plan is to have the exam completed and passed by January 2018. Afterwards, I will start looking for my first job as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist unless I am fortunate enough to have one beforehand.

Has anything happened that you did not expect?

I knew that people worked hard to become an RDN, however, I did not realize until I started my dietetic rotations how much work and time is actually put into becoming an RDN. Dietetic rotations are a consistent journey and it is a journey I will be proud to complete in the near future.

Anything you want to let students know that are applying to internships?

Take comfort that you have done everything you can possibly do. All you can do at this point is build your application piece by piece, double, and triple checking that you included everything required for each program you are applying to, and click the submit button. Once you hit that submit button there is nothing else that can be done but wait and see how the cards fall. My recommendation for every person applying for a dietetic internship is to have a plan B, and if this is something you really want and you don’t match, re-apply. Don’t give up!

What is something that you think DPD students can do to stand out in applications?

Get your name out there and get to know your instructors/professors. If you are involved in organizations or sororities/fraternities through your university, you are able to obtain leadership positions. These positions show the selection committee of internships that you can join something and rise up and be a leader. A lot of the time your instructors/professors are also on the selection committee of the internship you are applying to. Reaching out to them, as well as internship directors in different cities or states you are applying to, is probably one of the best ways to get your face and name out there so they remember you when it is time to select interns for their internship.

 

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Interview by Alexandra Garcia and edits by Sarah Dahms, 17-18 TSDA officers.

Red, White, and YOU Kids Culinary Camp at TWU

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Our very own, Angela Griffin, holds an annual kids culinary camp at Texas Woman’s University. This camp provides kids, from the ages of 9-14 years old, education and experience in the kitchen and even outdoors to have fun with health and wellness. Not only do the kids get to have this amazing experience but all of Mrs. Griffin’s helpers (Dietetics students), do as well.

Here we have TWU’s DPD student, David Sandoval, share with us his experience.

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What role did you play in the Red, White, and YOU kids culinary camp?
During the kids camp, I was assigned as a team leader. This put me in charge of a specific group of 5 campers, ages 9-14yrs, for the entire week. We were called team Pears! I assisted in educating the campers about nutrition and was their hands on assistant in the kitchen.

How did you become involved with this camp and take on this role?
I was recruited by Ms. Griffin and she was the one that gave me the role of a team leader. At first, I was a bit hesitant because I am not that good of a cook, but oIMG_1678nce the camp started the kids didn’t even notice. They did 90% of the work and I was just there to guide and keep them safe.

 

How do you feel you contributed to this camp?
Having the basic knowledge of cooking and nutrition, I believe I contributed to this camp in a positive way. For instance, I made sure the campers didn’t get sick by teaching them about cross-contamination. Also, I encouraged them to follow the MY PLATE guidelines when they eat with their families.

How do you feel this camp contributes to your experience in becoming a Dietitian?
Being around people that have the same healthy mindset and would like to know more about nutrition made me excited for the future. This camp gave me an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and work with children in the kitchen. There are no words that can explain how scared I was the night before. This camp gave me a reminder of why I wanted to become a Dietitian.

Did this experience give you any new aspirations for your future?
As cheesy as this sounds, this experience gave me a sneak peak of what my future dream job would look like. I would love to do something related to this camp as I gain more experience over time. My overall goal for the future is to bring families back to the dinner table so they can happily eat a nutritious meal. How would I accomplish this? I’m not exactly sure yet, but I have a couple of ideas.

 

What did the kids take away from this camp?
During this camp the kids had the opportunity to not only eat and cook delicious foods, but also learned the nutritional side of what they were eating. For example, they learned how to cook food, clean the kitchen, avoid cross-contamination, properly wash hands, which foods are healthy to eat on a day to day basis, guidelines to MY Plate, how to beat me at basketball, the list can go on.IMG_1584

Would you suggest this type of experience to any other Dietetic students?
I would definitely recommend for Dietetic students to experience this kind of camp. You’ve got nothing to lose and trust me the kids make it all worth it.

Was this experience only beneficial to students who are interested in working with children in their future?
I would have to say no, because during my experience I learned a lot about nutrition that I didn’t already. The campers may be kids, but the information that was given out could be given to adults as well. As long as you want to learn about nutrition and educate your fellow peers, then this camp could be beneficial for any student.

Anything else you would like to add?
I had a phenomenal time participating in this camp. I loved interacting with the kids and embracing all of their different personalities. They each had something different to bring to the table. Typically during the summer, I don’t like waking up before eight in the morning, but for this camp it was not an issue. Every day was a new day with different challenges to overcome, and to me that was exciting. I can’t wait to do it again next year. #GOPEARS!

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Interview and edits made by, Sarah Dahms, TSDA 17-18 Historian

Jacy Joplin Gives us the Inside Scoop of the MS/DI at TWU!

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Which program are you currently enrolled in?  Texas Woman’s University Dietetic Internship- Denton Campus. (Sport & Exercise Nutrition Masters)

Where did you complete your undergraduate program? I completed my first degree in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology at UNT & my second degree in Nutrition: Emphasis in Dietetics at TWU.

Why did you pick the program you are in now? For one, TWU has amazing teachers in the Nutrition & Food Science Dept who offer quality education! Though the thought of moving to a new state near a beach or the mountains for my DI seemed like a grand adventure, in the end I really couldn’t picture myself continuing my education anywhere else. TWU is also one of the few schools that offers an optional combined Masters degree in Sport & Exercise Nutrition, which is exactly what I wanted to pursue. The program offers a wide range of practicum rotation sites expanding all across the metroplex. Being one who loves variety, this characteristic of the program was very appealing.

How did you plan for this internship (time/finances/living/ect)? Fortunately back in high school I saved just about every penny I made. At that time I did not have a plan for my savings, but as of today I have decided that collection will directly fund my survival when I am working 40 hour weekdays during rotations, unpaid! I have also received many scholarships for my grades (one good reason to focus on your studies and keep a high GPA). Since TWU offers a masters degree with their program I have been giving the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant in the nutrition department the past 2 semesters which works great with my busy schedule.

What’s been your favorite part of your internship so far? Honestly I really enjoy when my intern class & our director meet for our long 4 hour class every week! I’ve been fortunate to end up in a vibrant intern class where we all enjoy each others company. I am also a part of the planning committee for the Texas Academy NE Region Winter Seminar as a part of my professional hours! It has been so fun working as a team member with the dietitians on the committee and a few of my fellow interns.

What do you plan to do after you’re done with your internship? Immediately start studying for the RD exam so I can obtain those prized credentials!…then I plan to accept the first dietetics job offered to me. If the first position I accept is not one I am completely thrilled about I can always continuing looking (but at least I will have a source of income during the process)! I don’t want to make too many plans at this point, but I am hopeful that I will be presented with a few opportunities that will lead me down the right path.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself in a peaceful setting near food where my primary duty is infusing happy into the lives of others!! 😉  Pretty serious about that in a way…but on a toned down note, it is actually hard to say. I love too many areas within this profession! I am really depending on my experience during rotations to help me decide the field I am most interested in. However, at 5 years I would love to see myself opening up my own private practice or wellness facility (complete with an extravagant kitchen/gym and a vivacious garden in the back!). Some sort of establishment where I can blend nutrition, culinary skills, mindful living, & exercise to benefit the community. Dream big!

What did you expect going into the internship? is it what you expected? I expected to learn everything there is to know about holding a career in the dietetics profession! Along with that I expected a large workload and a minuscule life outside of school and internship work… As far as the learning and work load go, it has been pretty much as I expected. However I am pleasantly surprised that I am in a very positive and rested state in light of my busy schedule. My internship director is great about working with our schedules so we can complete our tasks to the best of our ability. She holds high expectations for us, but she does not try to cause us unnecessary stress. My internship experience is challenging but overall rewarding!

What’s something you did not expect? One thing I did not expect was the “voice” I have obtained through the transition from undergrad to dietetic intern. I feel like people actually listen to what I am saying now instead of grading it! If that makes any sense? =) Being able to finally apply all that I have learned in undergrad to real life situations has done wonders to my confidence.

What is something that you think DPD students can do to stand out to in applications? In general I think it is good to display “variety”. Shoot for being a gourmet sample platter rather than a single gourmet dish. Good grades, dietetics/food experience, & volunteer work all look great. Try to find one skill within your variety to highlight. For example, I have a background in art & design, which seems unrelated to dietetics..BUT I have used that skill set to make my own nutrition handouts, graphics, & videos to spark an interest in nutrition to others in a unique way. Also, staying active within the dietetics community is a plus! Attending professional academy meetings, student org meetings, state & regional conferences not only enhances your learning, but exposes you to the many outstanding professionals within this field. Those are the people you want to learn from. =)

Anything you want to let people know that are applying to internships? RELAX 😉 Remember that your body needs, food, sleep and oxygen! Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down 3 of your best characteristics and a few achievements you have made during your undergrad experience. Post these somewhere where you see them frequently!I think people tend to get so wrapped up in being a perfect candidate for internship that they start to forget what they have already achieved. Never stop trying to better yourself, but at the same time give yourself credit for your hard work from time to time! Try to determine how you can utilize some of your natural qualities to create a unique, impressive, & confident applicant. Doesn’t it seem more rewarding to succeed as yourself then as a forced someone you thought you needed to become?

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TSDA Spring Meeting And Nutrition Bowl

The 2017 Spring meeting for the Texas Student Dietetic Association took place on March 31st at The Texas Academy Conference & Exhibition in Georgetown, Texas. The excitement and tension between teams grew as all six teams started to gather in the room to compete in the Nutrition Bowl. In total, there were six teams competing: The University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M University, and Sam Houston State University. At noon, the introductions began from the officers of TSDA. Dr. Cindy Heiss,  RD, LD, from the University of the Incarnate Word, moderated the event.

The first two rounds started with students slightly shy and nervous; however, this started to change as the dietetic major’s competitive spirit started to show through. The crowd was as excited as the members, whispers and reacting to the questions as if they were the competitors. The funniest moments were when professors in the crowd would give reactions to their school correctly (or incorrectly) answering a question!  The final round was between Texas A&M University and Texas Woman’s University. Texas Woman’s University became the first winners of the TSDA Nutrition Bowl by winning with a small margin of one point. This new tradition was well received and it will become a staple of connecting Texas dietetic students through knowledge and friendly competition. After the nutrition bowl, the members of TSDA met outside for a short meeting in the beautiful Georgetown weather.

Written by:

Erin Maxwell,

Historian of TSDA 2016-2017

 

 

Universiy of the Incarnate Word along with Dr. Heiss
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Texas Tech! Red Raider Team!
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Sam Houston State University
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Texas Southern University
The Texas Southern University Team

 

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The Texas A&M University Team

 

TWU Team
The Texas Woman’s University Team

 

 

 

 

RDN Day: 9 Questions with Stacey Mattinson, MS, RDN, LD

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Happy Nutrition Month! Today we celebrate National RDN day by hearing from two RDNs and one RD2B entrepreneurs. We sent them nine questions to get to know them, their careers, and of course hear their  advice for other RD2Bs! The Texas Student Dietetic Association loves our Texas RDNs and we admire all the hard work and love you put into the field!

 

1.What got you interested in the field of dietetics?

Dietetics was really the only field of study that made sense. I grew up an athlete – competitive gymnastics, varsity track, competitive and school cheer – and athletics is how I became interested in nutrition. Exercise and doing my best to navigate “healthy eating” (which fortunately evolved as I learned more, hah!) was what I grew to love from my formative years. It’s evolved over time. Now I love it because I love helping people. I love when they start to feel good about themselves and the life their living. Giving quality of life is the breath of the practice.

2.What/Who inspired you to venture out as a nutrition entrepreneur?

A few people inspired me to become an entrepreneur. First, Neva Cochran was one of my preceptors as an intern. She really opened my eyes to nutrition communications and the opportunities beyond clinical, management and food service. Second, my husband. He has really believed in me and helped to be the business brain behind my brand.Third, Angela Lemond of Lemond Nutrition and Adrien Paczosa of iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy both gave me confidence that I had both the experience and the motivation to branch out on my own.

3.How did you get your idea/concept for your brand?  

My brand has really evolved over the last year, and what’s guided it is just trying to identify what my passion is among the enormous sea of opportunities. It started with wanting to build a private practice, which I did (Elevate Nutrition Consulting). That grew to wanting a way to disseminate credible nutrition information to the masses and have a stream of passive income, so I launched a side market concept (What the Kale). Since then I’ve learned that I really want to focus on my personal brand as Stacey Mattinson for more media opportunities and to launch information products that have a broader reach. I’m really excited for my new, updated website launching at the end of this week http://www.staceymattinson.com. What’s great about building my personal brand is that I can bring it with me if I have to move, it can continue to flourish as my family grows, and most importantly – I’ve finally found what I feel like my voice and niche are. My other ventures will still continue on for now, but with less time devoted to them.

4.What services do you offer as an entrepreneur?

As an entrepreneur I wear many hats! I work with private clients and corporate clients (cooking demos, weight management programs, other health initiatives). I have an eCourse rolling out soon along with other free product offerings to help build habits for healthy eating. I develop content for my own site and for other organizations. I give group presentations. It’s busy and requires being a jack of all trades, hah! Always say yes, and figure out the details later.

 5.Are you part of any DPGs?

I am part of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG and Weight Management DPG. I was previously part of the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG but am not this year.

6.How do you advertise your business and why did you choose these platforms?

I’ve previously marketed my private practice (Elevate Nutrition Consulting) to local physicians. I’m spending less time doing that at this point. Now to focus on my personal brand I do more networking to market myself. I connecting with other professionals in the food and nutrition field and in journalism at events and via social media platforms. I participate in Twitter Chats specific to my interests. I am in a business coaching group and active in a number of relevant private dietitian Facebook groups. I attend major networking events like FNCE or the Everything Food Conference, where other influencers to connect. Your network is your net worth.

7.What do you attribute to your success?

I attribute my success to a lot of prayers, faith, support from my husband, and late nights. I’ve invested a lot of time and money into developing my practice and my brand. I’m really happy with the direction I’m moving. It’s been a winding road, but entrepreneurship is no straight line. When things aren’t working or you aren’t happy with your direction, pivot.

8.How would you describe your responsibilities as a business owner?

My responsibilities are… everything. I do all of the: marketing, business development, one-on-one consultations, chart notes, coordination of care with physicians, recipe development, food photography, social media, insurance claims, billing, blog content, group presentations, group presentation content development, development of nutrition education handouts and brochures, website development and upkeep, cash-flow management. The only thing I don’t do for myself is the accounting; I let my husband who’s a CPA keep up with my books! 🙂

 9.Any advice for nutrition entrepreneur wanna-be’s?

My best advice is to follow your passion. If you feel like you’re dragging yourself to work or not providing as much value as you know you can, it’s time for a change. Recognize, too, it takes time to home in on what you want. What you learn you actually want might be different than what you thought you wanted when you first set out. That’s okay. Be patient with yourself just like you want your patients to be patient with their own changes.

Thank you Stacey Mattinson, MS, RDN, LD!

http://www.staceymattinson.com/