Adhering to a diet that meets your specific nutritional needs can be difficult.
Researching the pros and cons of various types of food and keeping track
of all the serving sizes can feel overwhelming, which is why we are here
to help. At Kirby Medical Center, you can work Kathleen to create a healthy,
customized diet and activity plan to assist you in meeting your overall
Let's meet Kathleen!
Why did you choose to work in healthcare?
To be honest, I was just jumping from major to major in college! I was
on my third major when I chose dietetics, and I finally thought “wow
I could make a difference in people’s life doing this” and it stuck.
What is the best thing about your job?
Helping people reach their goals that they make for themselves and helping
them learn to live a healthy lifestyle.
What have you gained from being part of our Kirby Team?
A feeling of making a difference. Unfortunately, in a lot of hospitals,
dietitians are overlooked, and their knowledge is underutilized. I truly
feel like I’m part of the team at Kirby and making a difference
in people’s lives, whether it be a fellow employee or community member.
Tell us about your family.
My fiancé, Kyle, and I have 7 pets – 4 dogs (Macy, Mac, Penelope,
and Zena) and 3 cats (Merlin, Mia, and Hunter). Kyle is a chemical engineer
at ADM, which is what brought us to this area. We are both from Indiana,
where our families are. Fun fact: my mom and great aunt are both dietitians
too! Guess it just ran in the blood 😉
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I really love decorating sugar cookies! The time and detail it takes is
just so relaxing to me! Other hobbies include hiking, spending time with
my fur-babies and family, and crafting. I have Cricut machine and spend
hours on hours creating things!
If you had one extra hour every day, what would you spend it doing?
I’d definitely spend it with my family.
What has been the best moment of your career so far?
There is a particular patient I think of – he came to me prediabetic
and overweight. We met and he quickly took what I said and ran with it.
Years later, his numbers still look fantastic and he always comes to say
hi when he is here at Kirby. He’s always kept in touch, and just
knowing the difference I made in his life has been my favorite moment.
Describe your typical work day.
It’s hard to describe a “typical work day” because each
day is so different! A “typical” work day may be seeing outpatients
for medical nutrition therapy, assessing inpatients for nutrition concerns,
and working with staff in the café to ensure that there is a label
for all food items. This might include determining the nutrition information
for homemade food items in our café! But there are so many other
things including employee wellness, working with PrairieFresh, nutrition
related presentations, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Four words that describe you.
Loyal. Passionate. Caring. And as most of you know – Shy!
What is something you’re excited about in 2019?
Getting married 😊