My Career Path

I have always had a fascination with nutrition.  It started when I was a young child and realized that I knew the nutrition label of all the foods we had in our house without trying to remember them!  It was information that simply stuck in my mind.  My dad had early memories of me telling him he was using too much oil in food preparations (he used to have a very heavy hand!).  I channeled this interest into eating healthy and becoming involved in sports.  I was a figure skater from elementary through high school and was part of the high school track and tennis teams.  When I applied for college, I figured my nutrition interest was a hobby and applied to the liberal arts school: Washington University in St. Louis.  After one year there, many of the business classes piqued my interest, and I decided to switch to the business school, where I majored in Marketing and International Business.  During my time at Wash U I joined a women’s health and wellness group that promoted health on campus.  This was my way of staying connected to the field, my interest in nutrition continued to grow.  I also met our school dietitian, Connie Diekman (who was the president of the ADA [American Dietetic Association] last year!), who was a driving force in my thoughts to pursue the career.

During my Junior year of college, I started to think about what I would do after college.  I hoped that I could finda  position that brought together Marketing and Nutrition, however, once I started to look into jobs available I realized that I would need my RD.   This started to seem like an interesting idea to me.  Before making any irrational decisions, I thought it would be wise to take a Nutrition class to see if I actually liked studying for it as much as I imagined.  Unforunately, Wash U did not offer any, so the summer after my Junior year of college, I took Intro to Nutrition at NYU and loved it!  I had never enjoyed studying so much for a class in my life.  I decided this was the path for me.  I went back to Wash U and submitted my application to NYU for their dual RD (Registered Dietitian) and MS (Master’s of Science) program in Nutrition & Dietetics.  My three years there were a great experience, and I learned more than I ever thought imaginable.

After one year in classes, I was placed in Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan for my clinical rotations.  The hospital was an exciting step since it was the first time I could put my knowledge into practical use and help educate and treat patients.  During the years in graduate school, I started working at the New York Stock Exchange’s nutrition program.  Traders had an option to be a part of the program, and we would deliver them healthy lunches based on their preferences and medical history.  It was quite an interesting experience and kept me on my toes all the time!

Once I graduated from NYU I was on my own.  I started doing various part-time and freelance jobs.  I worked at a health club in Hoboken, NJ called Club H Fitness where I counseled members individually.  I also worked in a doctor’s office counseling patients.  Additionally, I began freelancing for a company called Corporate Counseling Associates where I presented seminars to large corporations (New York Times, Forbes, A&E, Consumer Union, and more).  In the fall of 2007, I decided I wanted to open up my own private practice and that was the start of Nutrition by Eve, LLC.

Currently, I continue to freelance for Corporate Counseling Associates.  This past Spring I was asked to teach Intro to Nutrition at LaGuardia Community College which is one of the CUNY schools.  It was such an amazing experience and I hope I am able to teach again.  I love helping others, and could not be happier with my career choice.  I really enjoy the combination of private counseling, teaching college students, and presenting seminars.  I look forward to all the future my career holds.

As an RD, I am a members of the ADA, in addition to some DPGs (Dietetic Practice Groups).  I am on the board of the Nutrition Entreprenuers DPG as well as a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness and the Women’s Health DPGs.

Please visit: http://www.nutritionbyeve.com to learn more about my practice!

NYU Graduation

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16 Responses

  1. Wow! Congrats girl, you are awesome 🙂 I have yet to finish my MS in ex phys and figure out exactly what I want to do for the future 🙂

  2. WOW! I am in awe of your experiences! I am currently in the MS program only, but can apply to an additional internship after I finish classes for the RD.

    I would have loved to have found a dual program like NYU!
    I am interested in this Nutrition Entrepenuers Group ?

    Any advice for a nutrition masters’ student with a moderately popular food blog going into my last year?

  3. I just found your website and I love it! I am getting my RD currently and I have about a year left to go – the program you did sounds incredible.

  4. Thanks for sharing your career path! I am interested in being an RD as well (currently an engineering grad student), but not 100% sure on it. I will definitely try out a class this Fall to see if it truly is right for me 🙂

  5. Hi there! I just found your blog through a link on KERF and I’m considering going back to school for a second bachelor’s in dietetics. I was wondering, career-wise, how beneficial is a master’s degree on top of the RD certification?

    • Most jobs do not require a Master’s degree. However, I found the classes to be very beneficial for my nutrition knowledge (advanced vitamins & minerals; advanced protein, carbs & fat; along with others). It also can get you a higher pay rate in certain jobs (ie teaching). And in a tough job market someone with a Master’s degree may be chosen over someone who does not have one. Hope that helps!

  6. Congrats! You made me learn something on your career path. I found fun reading your site.

  7. Thanks for posting this! I hold a BBA and majored in Marketing but found that this is what I DON’T want to do! I, like you were when you were young, am extremely interested in the nutritional makeup of food and how it effects my body! I have decided to pursue nutrition now! Did you ever shadow any RD’s before completing your education? I want to make sure that I will enjoy this field (particularly since there is lots of science and math involved) before I add 2 more years before I can start working. Thanks for any advice!

    • Hi Denise – That’s great that you have decided to pursue a career in nutrition! As soon as I decided to apply for the master’s program at NYU I started calling dietitians to find one to intern with. I worked with one woman for the first year I was at NYU. It was great to see how a private practice works and gain some experience. I highly recommend doing that.

  8. i often attend on healthclub meetings to update myself about health news::,

  9. I’m an RD interested in starting up a consulting practice in the near future. One shortfall I have that you did in embarking on this path is that I’m clueless in terms of business and financial skills. Do you know of any resources, have any advice, etc. for someone like me? I would really appreciate anything you can offer.

    Cheers — love the site,

    *Heather*

  10. you can really learn a lot from health clubs specially if there are doctors who are also members on the health club ::~

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