Staff Feature: Leigh Halterman RD


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Every once in a while we like to celebrate our staff here at Inner Door Center®, and let you get familiar with some of the faces you may see upon your visit with us.  Since I have been sharing my thoughts with you each week, I thought that it might be a good idea for you to get to know me a little better.

 

Job Title at Inner Door Center®:  Registered dietitian and social media coordinator.

What is the difference between a “Registered Dietitian (RD)” and a “Nutritionist”?: A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training. (Source:  American Dietetic Association website)

What does a work day look like for you?:  I usually see a few patients for one-on-one nutrition counseling daily.  I also teach a nutrition class once a week in our Reconnect with Food® program.  When I’m here I also prepare lunch, eat with clients and facilitators, and answering questions about nutrition.  When I’m not doing something nutrition related, I am working on social media such as this blog, our Facebook, Twitter, etc.

What is your favorite part of your job?:  I love connecting with patients and building a trusting relationship with them.  I get excited when I see my patients overcome their struggles with food and rebuild a healthy relationship with food and themselves.  And I love the laid back atmosphere, and the wonderful people I work with, here at the Inner Door Center®.

Where did you go to school at and for what? I graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A.A in Art and Advertising, as well as a B.S. in Dietetics.  Currently I am working on my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, through Central Michigan University.

What are your career goals/aspirations? After completing my Masters, I would love to work towards becoming a Specialist in Eating Disorders.  Eating disorders really hold a special place in my heart. I see amazing individuals struggling, not only with their relationship with food but also with themselves, and feel that I can be effective in helping individuals through their recovery.  I hope that I have the ability to grow and continue to work with these inspiring people for a long time.

What are your favorite hobbies?  I’m a pretty big movie fan, so I pretty much go see a movie with my fiancee anytime I can, or you can find us perusing our Netflix account.  If I’m not doing that,  you may find me knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, or playing Mahjong (I’m an old soul).

Who inspires you the most? I am honestly inspired by the amazing people I get to work with everyday.  Whether they are a staff member or a client, each has shown so much strength, genuine nature, and determination to do the best that they can for the betterment of themselves and those around them.  Everyone I come in contact with at Inner Door Center® is so beautiful from the inside out.

An interesting/unusual fact about you that you’d like to share: I use to illustrate for Central Michigan University’s school newspaper, CMLife.  I was also an RA (resident assistant), and that is how I met my fiancee.  We were RA’s on the same staff.

 What is your favorite book? “A Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.  I had to read it for summer reading and I couldn’t put it down.  It is a fascinating story, which I highly recommend it.

What kind of music do you listen to? Pretty much anything.  It really depends on my mood, but mostly I’m a big fan of Cat Stevens, Phil Collins/Genesis, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M, Pearl Jam, and Sarah McLachlan.

 

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