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Pavani Rao MSc. MS, RD

Health care services group
NJ regional centers
Cranbury/Mercerville, NEW JERSEY 08512

Detail-oriented, versatile, and success-driven professional, offering hands-on experience in dietary management and nutrition plan development. Equipped with solid expertise in counseling patients on special diet modifications, promoting healthy eating habits, and monitoring food service operations to ensure compliance with nutritional, safety, and quality standards. Highly capable of working within stressful and critical environments without compromising the quality of work and performance. Armed with excellent communication and interpersonal skills in dealing with diverse individuals and all levels of the organization. Multilingual in English, Hindi, Kannada, an

  • Healthy Eating
  • Lactation Nutrition/Breast Feeding
  • Hypertension
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Nutrition, Wellness
  • Wound Healing
  • Dieting
  • GI/Digestive Disorders
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrient Analysis
  • Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements
  • Dysphagia
  • Computer Nutrition Systems
  • Food Allergies
  • Community Nutrition
  • Menu Planning
  • Vegetarianism
  • Food Service
  • Diabetes, Hypoglycemia
  • Heart Disease
Work History

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Health care services corporation NJ, USA: 2018-current • Performs nutritional assessment, evaluation and planning. • Evaluates, interprets, monitors and documents the nutritional status and nutritional needs of hospitalized patients using established standards of care and practice guidelines. • Maintains nutritional care plans, reviews medical records, correlates medical care to nutritional care, chart findings and attends conferences and rounds. • Identifies and provides age-specific nutrition counseling to meet the cultural needs of the patients and their families. • Develops, reviews, updates and implements educational materials to meet the needs of patients and professional staff. • Makes recommendations for diet changes, supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition and laboratory data. • Functions as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team. • Completes quarterly, annual nutritional assessments reports. • Develops, implements and makes changes to nutrition related policies and procedures. • Develop and maintain effective communication with dietary department to ensure patient's nutritional needs are being meet. . Knowledge on MDS 3.0 and point click care/sigma health care, electronic charting. Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship | Biloxi, MS, USA Dietetic Intern, Gulf Coast Distance Dietetic Internship Program: 2017 • Performed staff responsibilities in all areas of clinical and administrative dietetics • Strategically created and executed nutrition care plans • Provided effectual instruction to patients regarding modified diets • Took charge of establishing and teaching patient in-service classes • Maintained active involvement with several community nutrition programs Children Home Society of New Jersey | Trenton, NJ, USA Dietetic Intern, Mercer Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program: 2017 • Took charge of conducting program eligibility and nutritional assessment for clients as well as actively participated in health screenings, and referrals • Rendered excellent services to clients, including nutritional planning and determination of supplemental food needs. • Imparted knowledge regarding nutrition, breastfeeding, and health issues to individuals and groups • Held responsibility for documentation of all participant data, food prescription, and referral information through WIC ACCESS and subjective, objective, assessment, and plan (SOAP) notes • Administered and executed food insecurity assessment project among WIC recertified participants • Organized and handled group nutrition education classes which involved Pilot Program Willow comes to WIC Foot hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center | Hillsborough, NJ, USA Dietetic Intern: 2017 • Effectively utilized facility’s sigma care system for storage and retrieval of medical, nursing, dietary, diagnostic, drug, anthropometric, and nutritional information of the residents • Carried out patient rounds to ensure dietary orders were followed, patients preferred the food provided, and changes in diet texture were needed, as well as percentages of meal consumed among the residents. • Employed keen attention to detail in gathering and analyzing all penitent information from the admission records of newly admitted residents each day, as well reviewing their admission history, recent laboratory values, medications, medical and nursing records, and dietary needs to provide appropriate dietary assessment • Used height and weight laboratory values, medical diagnosis, physiological state, and medications to evaluate patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension (HTN), congestive heart failure (CHF), obesity, dysphagia, chronic renal failure (CRF), and pancreatitis; while recording on progress and initial assessment dietary notes • Evaluated residents on poor nutritional status in relation to aspiration, choking, and difficulty chewing • Instructed residents with diabetes, HTN, and CHF with their diet on consistent carbohydrate, no-added-salt, sodium restricted, low calorie, and fluid restricted diet using visual aids and educational materials from the facility Food Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center & Sodexo Food Services | Hillsborough Township, NJ, USA Dietetic intern: 2017 • Performed monitoring of tray line and dining room preparation duties • Took charge of carrying out inventory on daily supplies and next meal supplies from storeroom as needed, as well as audit to ensure completion and updating of dietary refrigerator and freezer unit temperature log and accuracy of thermometers • Administered the maintenance of sanitation and safety standards at all times in work areas and during food handling, production, and storage • Assumed accountability in working on central tray service line and placing appropriate food on general and modified diet trays, as directed Nutrition Volunteer, Children Home society of New Jersey-Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program: 2016–2017 • Trained teacher on facilitation of group education class in nutrition, while conducting Willow goes to WIC puppetry program for preschool children and their family focusing on regular consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in all seasons • Proactively attended the following activities: ? Nutritional assessments and counseling with diverse WIC participant groups; ? Health fairs to increase public awareness regarding WIC foods and health and nutrition issues especially among children, pregnant, and nursing mothers; and ? Group discussions on various monthly topics related to nutrition such as importance of vitamin D, calcium, Iron, and breast feeding with WIC participants • Assumed accountability for the preparation of bulletin boards to promote a healthy life with tips on good nutrition and regular exercise for WIC clients Community Residence | Franklin Township, NJ, USA Nutrition Educator: 2012-2013 • Organized and performed group education sessions regarding nutrition for adolescents with behavioral issues • Exemplified expertise in creating nutrition education handouts, pamphlets, and visual aids to educate the clients • Singlehandedly organized after school hours teaching schedules and workshops designs to target small groups, while submitting participant reports to the case manager • Offered assistance with formulation and modification of educational materials and curriculum to fulfill the needs of diverse audiences, such as juveniles as well as substance abuse, domestic violence, and behavior disorder victims Earlier Positions Held: Mallige Medical Hospital | Bengaluru, KA, India Senior Dietitian-Managed Hospital cafeteria, with complete responsibility of all operations, supervised and assisted cafeteria manager. • Provided nutrition education and dietary counseling to patients with diverse health conditions. • Developed diet charts for patients based on physical and physiological needs. • Trained dietetic and nursing students in all aspects of nutrition. • Collaborated with healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and social workers. • Worked closely with endocrinologists and diabetologists as a diabetic educator. • Participated in workshops on prevention and management of type I &II diabetes. Ramaiah Medical Hospital | Bengaluru, KA, India Dietitian Counseled patients on diets based on medical conditions; provided diet charts and dietary guidelines, as well as physical care and exercise instructions. • Explained role of food and nutrition in prevention of various health conditions. • Assisted chief dietitian. • Worked with adult and pediatric populations with various conditions,


Passed Registration Exam for dietitians (RD), March 2018 | Commission of Dietetic Registration Chicago, IL Completed Registered Dietitian (RD) Eligibility Requirements, Oct 2017 Dietetic Internship (DI), 2017, Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship | Biloxi, MS, USA Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)/Second Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, 2016 The University of Alabama | Tuscaloosa, AL, USA (Ranked no 1. Honor, Master of Science in Computer Science, Long Island University | Brooklyn, NY, USA Master of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management, Major in Dietetics and Minor in Chemistry Bangalore University | Bangalore, KA, India Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Major in Nutrition and Minor in Chemistry Bangalore University | Bangalore, KA, India

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  • Registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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