Q: What led you to work in your particular field of medicine?
Answer: Believe it or not, I answered a lot of questions about myself, and an early computer program spewed out “dietitian.” I had no idea what a dietitian was. Then I shadowed a dietitian at a local hospital where my mom was a nurse and I decided it was a perfect career for me. There have been no regrets. I have been privileged to help people improve their health through the power of food for more than 35 years. Food is medicine!
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: We moved to the area in 1999 from Boston. After many years commuting to the Baltimore and DC areas, it became clear that working closer to home would improve my quality of life! I am so happy that I made the change.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about your particular field of medicine?
Answer: A common misconception is that dietitians eat perfectly and that we expect our clients/patients to eat perfectly. Habits are difficult to change. My objective when meeting with clients/patients is they commit to at least one goal – small or big - to improve their diets and ultimately their health and quality of life.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: There is an epidemic of diabetes and obesity in the US and in Franklin County. I am hoping to make a difference in the lives of many people in Franklin County.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: Family including my new role as a grandma. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, inviting friends for dinner, swimming and playing golf. I am also very active in a local church.