To love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.
I graduated from Marywood University in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Currently, I work as a Registered Dietitian for the Sports Medicine Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I also work as an adjunct professor at Otterbein University and teach upper level nutrition courses. I have been with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine for 2½ years. My daily job duties include counseling pediatric and adolescent athletes, speaking engagements for youth and school sports teams, professional presentations, conducting research alongside our sports medicine physicians, and other duties I affectionately refer to as “duties otherwise as assigned”. Needless to say- I have very few dull or unplanned moments, but to love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.
During my time at Marywood, I was a graduate assistant for the Nutrition and Dietetics Department working alongside some wonderful faculty mentors. Without this team of faculty, I would wholeheartedly not be where I am today. They were selfless in their efforts to help encourage and coach me through some of the most challenging years of my life. One of the highlights of my time at Marywood was traveling to Tanzania, Africa to perform a nutrition survey at Bigwa School for Girls in Tanzania. Marywood is affiliated with the African Sisters Educational Collaborative, which helps provide numerous resources for Bigwa. I was asked to collect data about students eating habits at Bigwa and match it against the food offerings, availability, and composition for one week.
Beyond my position at Children’s, I have had the opportunity to co-author a chapter for the new ASPEN Manual, be on National News segments discussing topics such as the Female Athlete Triad, and confer with some of the most well known individuals in the field of sports nutrition. I would not be where I am today without my degree, experiences, friendships, and mentorship I received during my time at Marywood.