Hey there! I'm Erin and I love to eat and talk about food!
I first became interested in the nutrition field while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. I found myself drawn to the challenges and complexity of treating eating disorders and immersed myself in books and classes on the topic. After college, I worked as a dietetic technician at a top eating disorder treatment center in Denver, CO and was enamored with the essential role registered dietitians play in helping people improve their relationships with food and supporting their disease treatment. Craving more knowledge and training in this area, I decided to pack up my life and moved across the country to New York City to attend graduate school at New York University. As I pursued my masters degree and completed my dietetic internship (a year-long experiential learning residency in a hospital where aspiring RDs complete clinical rotations in a variety of medical settings to cement their nutrition knowledge in Medical Nutrition Therapy before they can be eligible to pass their board exams), I maintained an active interest in eating disorders through board membership of the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals, where I met many inspiring and badass eating disorder specialists and gained more expertise about treating eating disorders. Concurrently, I began taking more of an active interest in working with cancer patients, completing an intensive elective rotation in Ambulatory Oncology. I loved that both populations, eating disorders and oncology, were so complex and required creative thinking, strong clinical skills, empathy, and excellent relationship building to help people overcome their barriers to optimizing their nutrition. After my internship, I was offered a position as an inpatient dietitian where I covered medical, surgery, and oncology units and became even more absorbed in helping sick people improve their nutrition. I then moved into an outpatient oncology setting, where I gained experience working with patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatment, bone marrow transplants, and surgery to treat their cancers. After accumulating the required practice hours to sit for the Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) board exam, I studied my butt off and became a CSO. I now work at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and maintain a small private practice. Every day, I get to meet new and interesting people with diverse backgrounds, talk about food (my favorite topic!), bust nutrition myths (there's a lot of crazy stuff on the Internet, guys - don't believe everything you read!) come up with creative and individualized ideas to help prevent and manage side effects related to cancer and cancer treatment, and generally feel like I'm making a positive difference in people's lives. It's pretty darn cool to have such a rewarding and fulfilling career!