The Why, How & What?
Why: We appreciate and respect the level of responsibility dietitians have and the role nutrition plays in overall health. This is what drives our patient-centered approach for providing expert and individualized medical nutrition therapy.
How: We leverage our experience, spirit of service, and love for pediatric and family wellness, to serve our clients and community through clinical and outpatient settings. Exceptional academic training and industry experience places us in a unique position to understand patient needs and strive to exceed them.
What: West Texas Dietetics provides excellent dietetic and nutrition care throughout the Texas Panhandle. We specialize in pediatric and maternal nutrition offering clinic and outpatient consultations and educations. West Texas Dietetics serves patients, medical professionals, and the community.
NORTHWEST TEXAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM | AMARILLO, TX | 2015 – 2018
Pediatric Clinical Dietitian, Aramark: 2015-2016
Registered Dietitian II, Sodexo: 2016 – 2018
-- Covered a 34-bed Level III NICU, 12-bed PICU, 29-bed Pediatric Unit, and 60-bed Pre/Postpartum Units.
-- Participated in interdisciplinary critical care rounds in both the PICU and NICU, assessing the nutritional needs of neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.
-- Conducted comprehensive nutrition assessments, follow-ups, and care plans and created meal plans and feeding regimens that provided patients with a balanced diet and promote adequate growth.
-- Provided enteral/parenteral nutrition support recommendations to nurses and physicians for a variety of patients, including trauma, surgical, cardiac, pulmonary, renal, GI, oncology, and pregnant patients.
-- Educated both inpatients and outpatients on a variety of topics, including Failure to Thrive, Food Allergies, Obesity, Type 1/2/Gestational Diabetes, Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and Renal, Heart and Liver Diseases.
-- Provided weekend/holiday coverage for adult patients in the SICU, MICU, CCU, Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Cardiology, and inpatient Rehabilitation Units, ensuring accurate treatment and recordkeeping coordination.
-- Performed nutrition-focused physical exams and documented malnutrition when identified.
-- Mentored Dietetic Interns from Texas Tech University, providing guidance on industry best practices, patient care strategies, and building a successful career.
-- Recognized for exceptional performance through an evaluation in the peer review process.
MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | LAKE CHARLES, LA | 2015
-- Completed 1,344 hours of supervised practice in Nutrition Therapy and Health Promotion, 640 Medical Nutrition Therapy/Clinical hours, 480 Community Nutrition hours, and 224 Food Service Management hours.
-- Developed effective writing, speaking, and active listening skills and efficient problem solving and critical thinking abilities while coordinating efforts with medical personnel and organizing patient records.
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA: 2015
Master of Science – Health and Human Performance (Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness), GPA: 3.91
-- Relevant Coursework: Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism, Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
-- Clubs/Activities: FNCE, Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
-- Relevant Projects: MSU Nutrition Kids Camp, National Nutrition Month, Grant Proposal, Research Project
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: 2013
Bachelor of Science – Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, Minor in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management
-- Relevant Coursework: Food Sanitation, Medical Terminology, Nutrition in the Lifecycle, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Dietetic Counseling Strategies, Cultural Aspects of Food, Field Work and Community Nutrition
-- Awards/Honors: Dean’s Honor List, Todd Anderson Memorial and Margie Springstube Memorial Scholarships
-- Clubs/Activities: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics