Posts in Second Career Dietitian
Tara Milhem, RD

I started as a health coach and yoga instructor, then became a blogger and influencer, and then a RD over an 8 year span of time. I started when I was 17. Between graduating school and beginning my Dietetic Internship (DI), I took a 3 year hiatus to focus on blogging and building my business which has now served as a jumpstart to my career as a dietitian. 

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Wendimere Reilly, RDN

I work in a doctor’s office providing the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Additionally, I provide MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy) for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease. These services are covered under insurance. For a small fee any of our patients can see the dietitian, so I am highly involved in providing nutritional interventions for those with chronic diseases. I also teach classes and am working closely with our medical director to design an integrative functional medicine program for our office.

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Kathleen (Kathy) S. LaBella, RDN, CDN, CSSD, ACE-CMES/CPT

My practice is presently changing. I continue my niche on nutrition for musicians, and my other niche is lifestyle that includes a combination of activity, fitness, and outdoor living. It’s not about a diet, it’s about the entire lifestyle. I would like to take all that I have taught individuals and start packaging it to provide online programs or motivational public speaking.

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Susan Watson, RD, BHNSc. Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Most of my days are spent working on growth and development of my nutrition business in Winnipeg, and the remainder of my time is spent mentoring my team and staff. Sales and marketing is my first love, so I spend a lot of time developing leads and opportunities for my team so that they can have a consistent form of employment.

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Brooke Alpert, MS., RD., CDN

Is multi-tasker an appropriate answer here? I wear a lot of hats. On a given work day I can see clients in my private practice, submit work to a brand I consult for and write for or manage Daily Habit. My airplane answer is that I’m a dietitian with a private practice.

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Diana Reid, MPH, RD

I have a pretty non-traditional career path, as I started out in another field altogether and changed careers in my 40s. I think being a second career dietitian has made me very savvy in terms of business and entrepreneurship and knowing how to present and market myself. I also have a strong sense of who I am and what I have to offer. After graduate school, I worked as a dietitian in a community health center and was quickly promoted to lead the entire staff of dietitians across the organization. I don’t think this would have happened without my previous experience in management and leadership from my prior career.

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