Who: Claudia Carberry, MS, RD, CSG, LD
What: Outpatient Dietitian serving at UAMS as a kidney transplant dietitian (M-Th) and counseling patients for weight loss (Fridays)
Where: Little Rock, AR
When: Graduated with BS in 2007 from Southeast Missouri State University; spent a gap year in Honduras and then graduated with MS and completed the DI in 2010 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Why did you become a Dietitian and/or special interests or passion in the field of dietetics? Like many, I became a dietitian with the hopes of impacting the health and wellness of others. My career path has led me to some interesting places, starting in Pine Bluff where I got a taste for long-term care, acute care, and management. After several years I decided to make a change and began working at the Longevity Clinic at UAMS and doing inpatient education. I became a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition during that time. Currently, I'm learning- and loving- transplant nutrition. It's so inspiring to be a part of this life changing team! (If you haven't already, please register to be a donor. Donate life!) Additionally, I still get to help patients lose weight and control blood sugars. I enjoy seeing objective measures improve.
Anything else: Last year, my husband and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. We walked for 6 months through 14 states- a total of 2,189.1 miles. Since then, I have launched a small business called Charge the Trail: Nutrition for Long-Distance Hikers. (www.chargethetrail.com) It's been fun for me to help other hikers prepare nutritionally for their hikes.
Fun Fact: My favorite job of all time was selling fresh fruit at a roadside stand in New Zealand.