Recently, my alma mater University of Bridgeport (UB) asked me to write a biography to publish online in UB News & Events/ Spotlights. I had just published a paper in April 2016 in the ACA Journal of Nutritional Perspectives. Many people have expressed interest in my career path, and I think this offers insight.
“My Masters in Human Nutrition degree from the University of Bridgeport in 2015 helped me achieve my professional goal of a nutrition-centered practice. The comprehensive program qualified me for board certification in nutrition (CNS) and diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Nutrition (DACBN).
I returned to college after nearly 20 years of successful practice as a chiropractic physician in Portland, OR. In my practice, I emphasized nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and encouraged my patients to contribute actively to their health and well-being. However, as my patient population aged they gradually gravitated toward traditional medical interventions for many of their health concerns, including high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol numbers, and diabetes. I desired to increase my professional authority as a clinical nutritionist to influence the health status of my patients using food as medicine. My degree provides a powerful counterweight to the medical monopoly on managing my patient’s health concerns. The majority of my current patient population, old and new, are clinical nutrition patients.
I chose the UB program as the perfect fit because it strengthened my basic science, biochemistry, and human physiology education. I determined that the program provided the greatest opportunity for me to transition into teaching, writing, and research. The courses were challenging and emphasized critical thinking and provided a framework of experience that would have taken me years to build on my own. I received individualized attention from my knowledgeable and experienced professors, and my interactions with other students gave me a feeling of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.
I highly recommend the Masters of Science in Human Nutrition program because it taught me to think deeply about all aspects of human nutrition. The program inspired me in a three-fold manner: to provide individualized nutritional counseling, to cultivate my point of view as a nutrition advocate and develop my nutrition pedagogy.”