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- Libby Rothschild
- Manhattan, NYC
3. Length of time as a dietitian:
- 3 years and 4 months
6. Tell me about what you do as a registered dietitian; describe your roll in under 3 minutes:
- I manage multiple streams of income (8 to be exact)
- As an outpatient registered dietitian I provide medical nutrition therapy and counseling for underserved communities in the South Bronx, NYC. I work with pediatric patients and adult oncology both in group and individual session(s). I work with the interdisciplinary team to provide patient centered care among our patients and families.
- I work with a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, technicians, 4 registrars, residents and medical students.
- I work overtime on a weekly basis where I provide both medical nutrition therapy and counseling to families at another onsite clinic in the South Bronx. My second clinic is a smaller team comprised of 2 doctors,3 nurses, 1 social worker and 2 registrars.
- I also teach and speak among allied healthcare providers.
- I teach medical students a static nutrition lecture every 6 weeks during the academic year (paid speaking opportunity)
- I developed a nutrition education intervention for pediatric residents which I teach through the academic year.
- My nutrition education intervention is International Review board (IRB) approved). (My pediatric resident teaching counts as 1 hour of my work shift)
- I teach dental residents medical nutrition therapy blended with behavior change modification (My education intervention is also IRB approved) (This teaching position is a paid position via Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA grant) via the Dental department)
- I’m a virtual business coach for high performing nutrition professionals-- specifically registered dietitians.
- I help high performing registered dietitians with 1:1 coaching
- I co-facilitate Nutrition Masterminds (www.nutritionmasterminds.com) with my friend and business partner: Rachel Paul (@collegenutritionist)
- I create online courses to help registered dietitians position themselves as the expert among their niche and make lasting impacts. My online courses cover topics including: branding, storytelling and video editing. I hope to expand and create more courses this spring.
7. Tell me a typical day (or two different typical days):
- I have 3 typical days:
- Day 1: 8-5pm (teaching for morning lecture) then I work my 9-5 job where I see both scheduled patients and I take walk in’s to accommodate the needs of the clinic and provide optimum patient care.
- Day 2: 9-8pm- I work overtime at another clinic weekly and have kept this schedule for 2 years now. I work overtime twice a week which provides me with an opportunity to work with another team and compare and contrast how different settings in healthcare function.
- Day 3: Weekend: I work on business content, lecture development and coaching or Instagram content. I often work both on Saturdays and Sundays. I usually work a whole day Saturday and a half day or quarter day on Sundays. I love to work and I’m passionate about my mission and vision as a leader in the field of dietetics.
- Business content development includes: creating courses, working with clients (both groups and 1:1), preparing for speaking opportunities, reading research, and oftentimes business meetings
8. How has your job description evolved since you started your current role/roles?
- When I was hired my outpatient job description outlined: “Provide medical nutrition therapy, notes and counseling to patients.” Additionally, I was advised to teach one lecture per year to residents about nutrition. I took the “one time opportunity” and pitched a series, and immediately I pitched my series for possible publication. It took me a year to prepare for International Review Board (IRB) submission. On September 17th, 2017 two of my nutrition education interventions were IRB approved. The next step is finishing teaching for the academic year, running stats and then drafting proposals for possible publication(s). Anything is possible when you ask questions, provide value and flexibility and showcase your strong personal brand. I don't believe that anyone should be tied down or held back by a job description. Nutrition professionals can and should think and execute creatively and I lead by example.
Business and Instagram:
9. Tell me your elevator pitch
- For my business:
- I help nutrition and fitness professionals STAND OUT, MAKE AN IMPACT among their niche and manage multiple streams of income.
- For my teaching:
- I help healthcare providers IMPROVE patient /client care and EFFECTIVELY educate their communities about nutritional science.
10. Tell me your focus on Instagram:
- My focus includes: personal branding, professionalism, general business strategies for monetization and understanding how to educate consumers on nutrition and exercise science (I target nutrition and fitness professionals).
11. Walk us through a failure in your business or brand:
- My number one struggle has been defining my focus. I’m constantly trying to communicate my messages in a more focused and succulent manner. I want nutrition and fitness professionals to feel like I’m speaking and connecting with them. I measure this impact via engagement and the amount of direct messages that I receive per day from my target audience.
12. Walk us through a success or small win:
- My biggest professional success is landing the opportunity to create and teach a medical nutrition therapy and behavior change modification college course equivalent for the dental department at my hospital. The chairman of dentistry hired me as the nutrition lecturer; my course links oral health and system health via a curriculum which he let me create from scratch. The curriculum has been IRB approved as of September 2017 with hopes for publication. This April (next month) marks my third academic year teaching the course; this process has been very rewarding. (Reference the Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: oral health and nutrition).
13. What’s your favorite resource or book for professional development
Getting things done by David Allen
Nutrition and Dietetics:
14. What’s your favorite food trend?
Plant based eating
15. What’s your least favorite food trend?
16. If you could go back 1-5 years from now what advice would you give your younger self?
Get a business coach. And, just like hiring a registered dietitian make sure that coach can help you and that his or her brand lines up with your goals, beliefs and values I have been working for myself for well over a decade, and I only recently in the last year hired a coach. I had no idea the power of a business coach. I only wish I hired her earlier. (Shout out to Amy Sowards of Dietitian Institute—she’s helps me focus my goals, and she uses motivational interviewing to empower me!).
17. Tell me what you think about the future of dietetics/Nutrition and food:
- I want to embrace advancements in science and technology such as bots, 3d printing, robotic kitchens, and interactive teaching methods such as virtual reality and augmented reality.
- As I see steady growth among the field of dietetics I hope that the future promotes dietitians to explore new opportunities such as multiple streams of income outside of working with food brands or the food industry.
- I hope that technology can integrate more strongly with education in dietetics such as using virtual reality as a part of rotations for our dietetic internship.
- With education requirements increasing among dietetics I believe that NOW is the time to grow our personal brand and position ourselves as the experts among our niche.
- I hope for inter-professional education in nutrition to build relationships and improve patient outcomes. The recent Academy position statement suggests that dietitians should educate the team and showcase the effectiveness of nutrition for prevention and treatment of diseases. I hope to lead by example with my research. I think we have to create these opportunities and build relationships.
- I’d like to see the focus shift from individual diet(s) and counseling to a systems approach, meaning a focus on policy, teaching large scale and inter-professional collaboration. I believe that clinical dietitians can easily create opportunities in the hospital setting, and outpatient dietitians can develop strong relationships with other private facilities and institutes.
18. Will robots take over the world and compete for our jobs?
- It’s already happening. Between Amazon with “Just walk out technology” and food delivered in drones our world is rapidly transforming. Additionally, all areas of life are affected by technology developments such as artificial intelligence in education (sugar goggles game for kids) and manufacturing (3D printing for food and robot kitchens).
- If we think of our current lives tech advancements are ubiquitous. For example when I teach for the pediatric department for my hospital I use turning point technology to ask American Academy of Pediatric review board questions (I have approval in writing to use these questions in this academic context). Each resident is assigned a remote and after they answer the question that I have designed on the PowerPoint the answer displays in a graph form. This interactive learning is a fun way to encourage participation and stimulate critical thinking.
- I can’t wait to see how soon these advances will take effect, and I’d like to be a part of these conversations.