Ann Wallace, MS, RDN, CNSC, CDN
Director of Clinical Nutrition at Yale-New Haven Hospital
What inspired you to become a RDN/NDTR?
I played sports during most of my childhood and through college. As I became more serious about my performance in high school, I began to research how my diet may be affecting my play. During my sophomore year in college, a sports dietitian came to speak to our basketball team and that is when it really clicked for me. At that point, I investigated the steps involved in becoming a registered dietitian and pursued a second degree path. After completing my business administration degree at LeMoyne College, I obtained my nutrition degree at the University of New Haven. Next, I completed my Dietetic Internship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I currently work as the Director of Clinical Nutrition at Yale-New Haven Hospital with Morrison Healthcare. I started my career as a clinical dietitian with Morrison Healthcare at the Hospital of St Raphael in 2008 and have been fortunate to grow within the organization and take on roles with increasing levels of responsibility.
What is your favorite part of your job?
By far the best part is working with an amazing team of dietitians and dietetic technicians in a variety of different specialties. I consider it a privilege to work with a large team of nutrition professionals who are passionate and committed to patient care. Furthermore, I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians from other disciplines on quality improvement projects. No two days are the same and I am constantly learning.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
Tough to pick just one but currently it is Shrimp Pad Thai.
What is one general tip you would give to someone looking to improve their diet?
Aim to plan ahead in terms of meals and snacks when possible. Beginning with a plan often helps to keep hunger in check and prevent overeating.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
First and foremost I would have to choose clean water. In terms of food, peanut butter would be my pick.
Where would you like to see the profession five years from now?
I hope to see continued growth in terms of reimbursement for our services. Enhanced reimbursement will yield greater opportunity for our profession.
Is there anything else you would like us to feature about you professional or personal?
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, Rob and our 8-month old son, Brady.