Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor degree in Exercise & Nutrition Science and a Masters of Dietetics Studies, which she completed in 2016. Kate has previously worked as a research assistant and in private practice. She is now the Communications Assistant at Dietitian Connection, working alongside Maree Ferguson.
What motivated you to become a dietitian?
I think my fascination with science, business and working one-on-one with people is what initially sparked my interest. When I started my Masters program, I came in thinking: the more science I knew = the more people I could help. However, I can now appreciate how complex nutrition, and indeed individuals, can be and that science (as much as I love research) is only one part of the puzzle. In the “short” time I’ve been in the real world, I have developed a true appreciation of how business skills and the ability to communicate plays a huge role in what we do as dietitians.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
The variety of responsibilities I have at DC keeps me on my toes, yet I feel like I am in my element! To name a few: learning about & using new technologies, problem-solving, keeping up with research, connecting with leaders and working toward a shared vision.
What is the best advice you have received?
– Strive for continual improvement. This will outlast your idea of a ‘perfect career’ or the ‘perfect outcome’ and will drive you to success.
– Tackle your hardest task at the beginning of the day when you are fresh and full of energy.
– Embrace a growth mindset. With all the technology, big ideas and advancements in health care, you will forever be adapting and learning.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I am an identical twin. Although we technically have the same genetic make up, we are very different!