Name/Credentials? Shannon Hendrix, MS, RD, LD
Current Job? Vice President, Clinical Services at Arkansas Children's Hospital
Education? BS & MS in Nutrition & Dietetics
How did you first become interested in dietetics? My aunt was a dietitian and huge influence in my becoming a Dietitian. Also, interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping others achieve that lifestyle.
What different jobs/roles have you had as a dietitian? I have worked as a clinical dietitian, as a food sales representative, consultant, management, and now patient care administration.
What was one of your proudest moments in your professional career? Becoming a Vice President and being seen by colleagues as an expert in Patient Care. This is a huge accomplishment for an RD. Many times we aren't bold enough to step up and show we are capable of taking on these roles.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in the field of dietetics? Keep an open mind. The sky is the limit on what you can achieve.
Do you foresee the role of dietitians changing in the future of healthcare? It is always changing and we must be willing to change with it and to continue carving our way to greatness!