Current interns

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Isabella Biasi

Undergraduate Institution
Kent State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
My areas of interest are working in more of clinical setting or doing some type of outpatient nutrition counseling.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
The most rewarding part about being an intern is knowing that all of the hard work you completed in gaining your Bachelor’s Degree was noticed by Nutrition Professionals who believed you would be a great match to their Dietetic Internship Program. It is a huge honor to be matched to a Dietetic Internship Program and the fact that this program is coupled with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition is very rewarding.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
The most challenging part of being an intern is balancing school, work, being an intern, and your social life. At times, it can be a bit overwhelming but it is very worth it in the end. It is important to take each day one at a time and do your very best with opportunities that are ahead.

Favorite Rotation So Far
My favorite rotation so far has been my clinical rotation. I like the counseling/education piece of it and also like being in the clinical setting surrounded by other health care professionals. Being part of the interdisciplinary teams in a hospital makes me feel like I am making a positive impact on the patient’s life and helping them take strides to be in a better, healthier state.


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Emily Blidy

Name
Emily Blidy

Undergraduate Institution
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Clinical dietetics and sports nutrition

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
The most rewarding part of being an intern is being able to experience and learn in all aspects of nutrition while making connections with incredible people. I love that I am challenged every day and I amazed at how much I’ve grown through this journey.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
The most challenging part of being an intern is balancing the internship, classes, work and a social life, and wanting to do the best in all of it. However, the challenge is definitely worth it.

Favorite Rotation So Far
My favorite rotation so far has been my clinical rotation.


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Nancy Braff

Undergraduate Institution
Kent State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Clinical, Education

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
Counseling patients; meeting and accomplishing challenges

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
Juggling internship, school work, family, and personal commitments

Favorite Rotation So Far
Clinical Rotation


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Taylor Brodie

Undergraduate Institution
University of Dayton

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Sustainable Food Systems, Chronic Disease Prevention

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
Having exposure to a variety of different practice areas as well as different RDN styles and philosophies.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
It can be difficult adjusting to new environments and new preceptor expectations every few weeks. Just when I start feeling comfortable at one rotation, it’s time to move onto the next.

Favorite Rotation So Far
Clinicals at Euclid Hospital – I had a great preceptor and was exposed to a lot of interesting cases.


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Nicole Bruno

Undergraduate Institution
Kent State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
In no particular order :) Malnutrition, Community Nutrition working with poverty and low-income populations, and Clinical.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
The most rewarding part of being an intern is having such a tremendous amount of knowledge, continuously learning, and being up to date on everything in the field of nutrition and dietetics. It is equally as rewarding to have the opportunity to work in many different areas of nutrition with a variety of dietitians. The amount of support we receive as interns from faculty, preceptors, and other dietitians is amazing. I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity and am cherishing every experience thus far.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
The most challenging part of being an intern is balancing full-time graduate classes with the internship. It is like working a full time job, except when you get home at night, the work doesn’t end. We still have to study, complete assignments and projects and still make time for things that make us happy. It seems to be that there are never enough hours in a day.

Favorite Rotation So Far
I have been able to appreciate every rotation in a unique way, but so far my favorite required rotation has been my clinical rotation at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy Medical Center has provided me with a new insight into nutrition and dietetics in a hospital setting. If elective rotations were included, my favorite rotation would be my study abroad trip to Uganda. Uganda was a life changing experience and really opened my eyes to malnutrition and the struggles that other countries go through just to survive.


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Marissa Gibson

Undergraduate Institution
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Still slightly undecided, however, if I had to pick one area right now it would be working with bariatric patients.

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
Getting to experience so many different settings within the nutrition field. Most people don’t get the chance to try out multiple different types of jobs with in their field, however, being an intern we get to do exactly that!

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
The most challenging part of being an intern is the same as the most rewarding for me. I love the fact that we get to switch rotations every few weeks, however, I find it challenging to switch job settings constantly. Just when I feel I am starting to get in the swing of things at one rotation, it’s time for me to move on to the next.

Favorite Rotation So Far
I am not sure what my favorite rotation has been so far, I have had really good experiences at each place I’ve gone! I really liked my rotation at the center for nutrition outreach on campus. I was able to counsel people which I enjoyed more than I expected. My next rotation will be in bariatric which I am really looking forward and I believe it could end up being my favorite rotation!


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Abbey Granger

Undergraduate Institution
Kent State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Clinical Pediatrics, Clinical Oncology, Sports Nutrition, School Food Service

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
I have enjoyed having the opportunity to learn from all of my preceptors and their expertise. It has also been fulfilling to take what I have learned in my education and put it into practice. My experience as an intern has made me feel even more prepared and excited to take the next step towards my future as a registered dietitian.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
Time and money… It has been challenging to say no to different situations (social, work, family, etc.), but I have learned that at the end of the day this was the best decision. This is a season of life where I need to focus on my education and be a little selfish.

Favorite Rotation So Far
School Food Service


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Alexis Machi

Undergraduate Institution
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Clinical nutrition, counseling, education, and food service

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
Having the opportunity to learn a little bit of each area of nutrition and gain a great knowledge base before going out into the real world.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
Learning and understanding how to be an intern and go with the flow. Also knowing how to be respectful everyday in and out. Not everyone always gets along (but that’s life).

Favorite Rotation So Far
Summer clinical – I have learned so much!


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Julia Meissner

Name
Julia Meissner

Undergraduate Institution
Kent State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Sports Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition (Inpatient and outpatient)

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
The most rewarding part of being an intern is the vast amount of knowledge and experience we obtain throughout the internship.

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
The most challenging part of being an intern is trying to balance school, work, being an intern, working out and having a social life.

Favorite Rotation So Far
My favorite rotation so far is my clinical rotation.


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Olivia Postich

Undergraduate Institution
Bowling Green State University

Nutrition Area(s) of Interest
Clinical, Eating Disorders

Most Rewarding Part of Being an Intern
Meeting other people who have the same passion for nutrition

Most Challenging Part of Being an Intern
Different rotations so frequently during the spring and fall semesters

Favorite Rotation So Far
Hattie Larlham (clinical) and Summa Akron (clinical)