Who: Shelby Pierceall, MS, RDN, LD
What: Registered Dietitian/ Diabetes Educator at the Arkansas Heart Hospital and Owner of Be Daring Nutrition
Where: Conway, AR
When: I graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in May 2014 with a BS in Dietetics/ Nutrition. I completed my MS and DI at the University of Central Arkansas in August 2016. I became a registered dietitian/nutritionist in September 2016.
Why: During my time at Ouachita, my dietetics professors invested so much into me, and from their love and passion for their chosen fields, sparked my interest in my two current careers, diabetes and eating disorders. I saw dietetics as not only a medical career path, which I was interested in, but also as a ministry. My careers center primarily around nutrition counseling, and I see that as an opportunity to meet people where they are, like Jesus does for me. It allows me the opportunity to get down in the trenches with them, to the root of their issues and concerns, and find a way to better manage their health care, while also improving their quality of life. I owe so much of my professional and personal growth to Dr. Detri Brech and Mrs. Stacy Freeman. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all the student’s lives you have touched over the years, THANK YOU!!
What was your favorite aspect/speaker at FNCE this year? I had two favorites. One was entitled, “Journeys to East Africa: Teaching People with Type 1 Diabetes There, to Help Us Teach Here.” It discussed a group of healthcare professionals and the impact they are making by taking education to rural areas of Africa and providing education to clinics, so they are better equipped to serve and treat the type 1 diabetes population. In areas such as Rwanda, T1 diabetes is a death sentence due to lack of knowledge and supplies. The team individually raises funds to sponsor patients for a year’s worth of medical supplies, such as insulin and testing supplies. When I chose dietetics, one of the few “cons” was that I thought I would never be able to attend a medical mission trips in third world countries using my degrees and professional knowledge, but this seminar proved me wrong and made me think outside the box of ways that I can continue to use my degree to give back.
My other favorite seminar was entitled, “Food as Medicine in Malnutrition and Eating Disorders.” It re-centered my attention on the dire need for healthcare professionals who do what we do. Often times, I feel as though our profession does not receive the respect it deserves, but the approach this RDN took, showed the importance that we as dietitians play in the healthcare setting. Accompanied by a MD, this RD applied practical, scientific knowledge and critical thinking to demonstrate how we, as dietitians, save lives through nutrition and that food truly is medicine.
Why do you think everyone should enjoy the FNCE experience at least once? Every time I attend FNCE, I am reminded why I wanted to be a dietitian and what made me fall in love with this profession. Dietetics is so vast that we can get caught up in our specialized little areas of the world and we too often forget how many opportunities we have available to us as RDN’s. The opportunities are virtually endless, and FNCE exposes me to other areas of nutrition, that I am not as submerged in on a regular basis. Also, the Expo is a foodie’s literal dream come true! My Christmas shopping is done because everyone on my Christmas list is getting oven mitts and wooden kitchen utensils, courtesy of FNCE Expo.
Who: Hannah Perry
What: Registered Dietitian at Arkansas Children's Hospital and Freeman Family Medicine
Where: North Little Rock, AR
When: I graduated with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics from Henderson State University, in 2016. I completed my Dietetic Internship at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2017.
Why: Growing up as a dancer, body image was a big deal for me and for my friends. Seeing other people struggle with body image and having that struggle myself, I was inspired to be healthy. I wanted to be kind to the body that I was given and the body that allowed me to dance, run and explore any area of life I desired. That led me to learning how to eat well and eventually to the field of dietetics.
Fun Fact: I still find time to perform in the Central Arkansas area as often as possible.
Who: Carly Davis, RDN
What: I just began work as a NICU Dietitian at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. I was also recently appointed Arkansas’ State Coordinator for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (VNDPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Where: Little Rock
When: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2015 from Harding University. I completed my UAMS/CAVHS dietetic internship in 2017, and I am currently finishing my master’s degree in clinical nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Why: The idea of working with children and their families has appealed to me even before I knew I wanted to be a dietitian. It is a special interest that grew during my internship and blossomed into an opportunity to join an amazing NICU team at Baptist Health. During the past year I discovered an additional passion in plant-based nutrition and its role in disease prevention and medical nutrition therapy. I enjoy educating others about the benefits a plant-based diet can have on human health and the environment.
Fun Fact: I have crawled through the bottom of one of the Giza pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.
Who: Catherine "Cissy" Wilmoth, RDN, LD
What: Outpatient Dietitian. I am employed by Washington Regional Medical Center but I am contracted to the University of Arkansas's Pat Walker Health Center. Within the Primary Care Clinic of the student health center I provide outpatient nutrition counseling to students & work on our multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Treatment Team.
Where: Fayetteville, AR
When: I graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2002 with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences. I completed my dietetic internship at St. Louis University in 2003.
Why: After changing majors multiple times I fell into a nutrition class with an excellent teacher. My curiosity for the science of food & human nutrition has kept me engaged in this field ever since. From the beginning of my career I have found so much joy in outpatient nutrition counseling. Over the last 3 years I have found a deep passion for the field of disordered eating & the importance of using a non-dieting, health focused approach with all clients. Over the last 2 years I have completed over 50 hours of continuing education in the area of disordered eating. I am currently in my second year of paid supervision with an iaedp approved supervisor. And fingers crossed I will earn the iaedp credential Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) soon.
Fun Fact: Over the last year I have been doing Pilates & the reformer machine makes me feel like a beast! I like hip hop & movie scores....among other styles of music!
Name: Erin Moore
Job title: Clinical Nutrition Manager
City: Springdale, AR
Academics: BS - University of Arkansas, DI - UAMS/CAVHS, MS - UAMS
Why did you become a dietitian? I took a nutrition and food science course in high school and loved learning the science behind nutrition. I also had a friend whose mom was a dietitian and thought it was really interesting. I earned my CNSC in 2013 and worked in critical care for the first few years of my career. I love how challenging nutrition support is. Now I enjoy overseeing multiple areas of nutrition - inpatient, outpatient, and a new infant nutrition lab where breast milk and formula are mixed.
Fun Fact: I love ballroom dancing
Who: Lauren Handloser, RDN, LD, CDE