-Healthy Heart Food Service/Henry the Hippo Freelance-
Aug 2019 – Present
Consult for food service company providing meals for Early Childhood and Senior programs: Review menus for compliance with CACFP and DFTA regulations, perform nutrition analysis of menu items, identify allergens in the foods served, act as nutrition expert and answer all nutrition questions from staff and clients. Oversee quality program in kitchen, monitor and check on HACCP compliance including on-going staff trainings.
-NY Enrichment Group Freelance-
Nov 2018 – Present
Nutrition consultant for Head Start programs in New York City: evaluate children's files for nutritional risk, provide nutritional counseling to parents, conduct nutrition interventions involving children, parents and teachers and serve as nutrition expert for all staff. Provide Professional Development workshops on a variety of topics including food allergies, CACFP regulations and record keeping, food purchasing, menu planning and food production forms, family style dining, healthy snacks for toddlers and picky eaters.
-Darby Health & Wellness LLC-
Jul 2017 – Present
Manage patients in private Nutrition practice using telehealth electronic platform.
-NYC Health + Hospitals-
Chief of Staff to CMO, DSRIP Facility Lead
Jan 2016 – Jun 2017
Collaborated with Department Leadership to develop plans for improvement in patient experience, provider/employee engagement and regulatory corrective actions (The Joint Commission and New York State Department of Health), served on Quality tracer team and regularly walked entire facility with surveyor mindset.
• Implemented workflow changes to maximize reimbursement from bundled payments, prepared for value-based payments, and optimized multi-disciplinary rounds to impact length of stay and altered level of care.
• Collaboratively worked with OneCity Health and facility interdisciplinary leadership and management teams to plan and coordinate the DSRIP transformation activities.
• Interfaced with the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Officer to develop a baseline workforce study and a resource request for all personnel and non-personnel needs for the DSRIP projects.
• Established extensive collaboration with community-based organizations to implement care management practices for low-income, uninsured, undocumented, and vulnerable populations.
-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-
Jun 2011 – Apr 2016
Nutrition interventionist in prostate cancer study. Ran six health and wellness sessions with couples who have experienced prostate cancer. Established relationship with couples, assessed current health and wellness practices, educated couples on nutrition, relaxation methods and physical activity, set goals and followed up weekly.
-Centerlight Health System-
Director of Nutrition Services and Interim Director of Clinical Support Serv, CenterLight Healthcare
Sep 2012 – Jan 2016
Oversaw daily operations of Rehabilitation and Nutrition Services departments (50+ licensed professionals) serving the largest and most ethnically diverse PACE program in the nation with ~4000 members and a Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Plan serving ~10,000 members in New York, created targets and tracked all metrics.
• Led department through successful Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) surveys after a negative bi-annual review.
• Transformed food and nutrition policies to ensure food safety at 17 PACE Centers, and provided quality nutrition care to all managed care members through consistent collaboration with front line staff, management, and leadership.
• Doubled the size of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) contract: took organization from negative status with CACFP to a positive site review and reimbursement to more than $1.3M/year
• Created Nutrition Services Department: recruited, oriented and trained a team of 14 Registered Dietitians to provide home- and center-based nutrition counseling to elderly long-term care population.
• Realized a 25% cost savings in paper goods and snacks by switching to a group purchasing contract, changing inventory system and training staff.
• Improved Patient Satisfaction by addressing food vendor concerns and building relationships with new vendors based on feedback from the Membership Advisory Board.
• Converted from paper to McKesson electronic medical record, provided hands on trainings, at sites and in the field.
-Darby Nutrition-Dietetics Practice PLLC-
Jan 2005 – Dec 2015
Established nutrition private practice: oversaw all aspects of practice including credentialing, insurance contracts, billing, accounts payable and receivable, budgets, electronic medical record setup, communication with referral sources, scheduling and nutrition counseling.
• Created strategic plan for nutrition counseling and public health and nutrition consulting, reviewed and updated plan as needed for continued growth.
• Clinical specialty areas include: Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Food Allergies/Intolerances, Cancer Prevention
• Facilitated and led nationwide nutrition and public health workshops for groups 10 to 150.
-NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene-
Jun 2010 – Sep 2012
Adapted NYS Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Centers Nutrition Curriculum
Trained teachers in delivering nutrition curriculum in their classrooms and with parent groups
Oversaw all aspects of training: developed and implemented interactive, hands-on all-day training, promotion, scheduling, shopping, preparation of food, equipment and materials, room setup and cleanup
Apr 2006 – Oct 2010
• Assessed nutrition needs in primary care networks: Montefiore, Union Health Center (formerly UNITE HERE), New York Presbyterian, NYC Health + Hospitals and developed nutrition training materials and tools to address those needs
• Presented program at local conferences with the goal of reaching as many providers as possible within NYC
• Trained 3000+ ambulatory care staff on basic nutrition concepts and nutrition tools using interactive, hands-on teaching techniques for groups of 15-150
• Developed train-the-trainer component of nutrition program, focusing on motivational interviewing and goal setting to help patients achieve positive lifestyle changes
• Implemented and expanded program throughout ambulatory care and ensured successful embedding
-Montefiore Medical Center/The Children's Health Fund-
Director of Nutrition Services, Community Pediatrics Programs
Dec 1996 – Jun 2004
• Initiated, received and directed $2.41 million Starting Right program, a type 2 diabetes prevention program with Bristol Myers-Squibb. Oversaw $50,000 Community Food and Nutrition Program grant, $200,000 partnership with managed care company, $127,000 NYS Attorney General’s Vita-Grant
• Strategically applied for funding to support current operations and expansion by partnering with development team, grant writing staff and leadership
• Managed all aspects of grants: tracked expenses, documented all work – number of users of the program, achievements and stumbling blocks, worked directly with all funders
• Led nutrition program for community-based FQHC and mobile medical units serving homeless families: Recruited, supervised and coached Registered Dietitians, developed and updated all nutrition care policies, trained dietetic interns and served as nutrition subject matter expert
-New York University-
Teaching Fellow, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
Sep 2001 – May 2004
2002 – 2004