Member Spotlights

 
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Kay Mullin

 

Tell us about yourself!

I currently live in Cumberland, Maine and work in outpatient Pediatrics at Maine Medical

Center. I am a University of Maine graduate and have been practicing as a dietitian and certified diabetes educator for almost 30 years. Personally I live a really active Maine lifestyle loving my outdoor activities with friends and family. We live in an amazing place!

What are some of the favorite things about your current job(s)?

I love working with families on a nutrition plan that maximizes the health of their child. I currently support all of our pediatric specialty care practices at MMP Pediatric Specialty Clinics so every day and every child has a new and different need. It keeps me on my toes and I learn every day from my professional colleagues and patients.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes when you’re not working?

I love walking with my family and dog on the beautiful trails we have here in Southern Maine. Walking in the woods is my happy place.

What is your favorite food?

Honest answer: dark chocolate; dietitian answer: roasted Brussel sprouts.

Do you have any advice for new dietitians, dietetic interns, or students?

I think the most amazing thing about being a dietitian is that you can choose to constantly learn. Our background and education gives us a strong foundation to change directions and learn new things. Don’t be afraid to change jobs or directions to keep your brain and career fresh.

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Patsy Catsos

 

Tell us about yourself!
I am a nutrition consultant, educator, and writer. In Maine, most people know me as a dietitian in private practice, seeing patients at Nutrition Works in Portland. I’m also the author of several books about FODMAPs and IBS, most recently The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook, and I've enjoyed teaching other health care providers about implementing low FODMAP diets with patients who have IBS, IBD, and other gastroenterology problems. As a consultant, I’ve also had various jobs over the years for corporate clients, most recently as an advisor and nutrition consultant to ModifyFoods LLC, where I’ve been involved in development of their low-FODMAP recipes and clinical program.

What are some of the favorite things about your current job(s)?
Undoubtedly, the most rewarding part of my job at Nutrition Works is working closely with my private clients to help them manage their GI symptoms. What a great feeling it is to hear that patients are enjoying their food and their lives more fully! I also love working as a consultant, which provides a great deal of self-determination, variety, and flexibility.


Why did you choose to practice in Maine?

As a 30-year Maine resident, Maine is where my heart is. Although in pre-COVID days my work often took me around the country, even around the world, nothing feels better than coming home.


What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes when you’re not working?

Get-togethers with family, both near and far, are the highlights of my life. My husband, Paul, and I usually have plans in progress for fresh-air meetups to outsmart COVID and spend time with the people we love. On a day-to-day basis, I can be found cooking, gardening, reading, and especially walking and training the 2-year old dog we recently adopted.


What is your favorite food? 

The meal I’ve had on repeat lately is an electric pressure cooker Thai-inspired sweet potato peanut curry. 


Do you have any advice for new dietitians, dietetic interns or students?

Don’t try to do everything all at once; life happens in series! Allow your future to reveal itself even as it seems at times to meander. Give each job, even humble ones, 110%. Each job, each hobby, each volunteer opportunity, each client, each child you raise, each time you say “yes” to something outside your comfort zone, shapes you and prepares you for the next. When you look back someday, I hope you’ll be able to see how each experience and relationship led to others that were even richer and more meaningful than the ones you expected.  

 

MAND Advocacy - COVID-19's Impact on Dietetics

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Private Practice with Patsy Catsos

School Nutrition - Mary Emmerson 

Outpatient Counseling - Kay Mullin

Community Nutrition - Kate Yerxa & Alex Gayton

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Nutrition Education &Training - Eileen Molloy & Mona Therrien 

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Mona Therrien

Tell us about yourself!

I am originally from New Brunswick, Canada– this is where I completed my undergraduate in human nutrition and my dietetic internship. I was one of the first classes to graduate from a cooperative internship in 1991. I moved to Maine in 1996 and began my career as a dietitian in the US. I have been in numerous roles through the years, from Foodservice Director to Renal Dietitian to Clinical Nutrition Manager and Diabetes Program Coordinator, finally coming to UMaine as faculty in 2013. Since 2018, I have been the Director of the dietetic internship at UMaine. I hold a MS in business from Husson University and a Doctorate in clinical nutrition from Rutgers. I have two daughters that are studying at U-Maine; one is a senior studying nursing and the other is a sophomore studying finance. I have been living in Old Town since 2009 and I am now experiencing empty nest syndrome for the first time! My partner and I split our time between two homes in Old Town and Brewer. I also have two wonderful cats that keep me entertained.

What are some of the favorite things about your current job(s)?

My favorite part of being the internship director at UMaine is the opportunity to mentor students and interns and help them become professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Seeing their enthusiasm and dedication to learning keeps me motivated to grow and learn, even as a seasoned practitioner. I find that I learn as much from my students as they do from me. I am also extremely lucky to be able to work with wonderful preceptors and clinical coordinators; whether my interns are completing clinical, foodservice management, or community rotations, I am constantly amazed by the quality of the experiences provided at their sites. Preceptors work tirelessly to ensure interns get the best education and training possible.

Why did you choose to practice in Maine?

I chose to practice in Maine because of the people of Maine. Whether I am working with patients or clients, interns, students, or preceptors, everyone is respectful and kind. I continue to feel very passionate about working in this state. The University of Maine provides the perfect environment for me to feel like I am servicing the state through teaching students or training interns.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes when you’re not working?

When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, biking, working out at the gym, and cooking for friends and family. I also enjoy camping and spending time at the beach in the summer. Another passion of mine is traveling– I hope to be able to continue travel in the future.

What is your favorite food?

Pasta!

 

Do you have any advice for new dietitians, dietetic interns or students?

Take advantage of every learning opportunity that is provided for you- attend webinars, conferences, trainings, and never stop learning– you have to stretch yourself to grow. Additionally, learn about topics outside of the profession such as art, music, and history; nourish the soul as well as the mind.

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Kristine Kittridge, MS, RD, LD

 

Tell us about yourself!

I live in Lewiston but grew up in Orono (where I attended pre-K through grad school!) and I work at Maine Medical Center as an inpatient clinical dietitian. I enjoy volunteering; outside of MAND, I also serve on the board of YWCA Central Maine here in Lewiston, as well as on the Lewiston Planning Board. When not working or volunteering, I like trying new recipes, supporting local restaurants and breweries, and spending time with friends and family at our family camp on Alamoosook lake in Orland, ME.

 

What are some of the favorite things about your current job(s)?

I really love working with complex inpatient medical situations, so working at Maine Medical Center I always have new opportunities to challenge myself and grow as a practitioner. The team supports our ongoing education as a department into what the newest research and professional recommendations suggest guiding our practice, and I enjoy that there is the opportunity to do research to improve standards and practices in our field.

 

 

Why did you choose to practice in Maine?

For me, it was an easy decision because I grew up here and I'm close with my family. I also really enjoy all that Maine has to offer in terms of the environment (beaches, mountains, lots of green space, seasons).

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes when you’re not working?

I like cooking and baking, making homemade mead (and beer sometimes), wine tasting, reading, listening to podcasts/audiobooks, and watching reality television and documentaries.

What is your favorite food?

Probably pizza. It's a perfect combination of bread and cheese, and the versatility means it's never boring. If I had to pick a specific kind, I'd say Greek pizza because I've loved olives since I was little.

 

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with new dietitians, dietetic interns or students?

It's okay if you're not sure exactly what area you'd like to practice in. When I graduated, I was still interested in a lot of different areas of the field of dietetics, and spent the first 3-4 years trying different jobs to get a feel for what was the right fit for me (I"m really lucky that things kind of fell into place in terms of opportunities and where I lived). When I started my internship I proudly proclaimed I would never be an inpatient RD, and then after trying inpatient, outpatient, health coaching, and community/public health, I was able to confidently say that inpatient clinical work is what I'm most passionate about. Also, getting involved with MAND and the AND early on into your career, or while you are a student, is a great way to open doors and have opportunities for networking and learning from RDs from a variety of backgrounds.

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Mackenzie Clapp, MS, BS, RD, LD

 

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised in Maine. I attended Simmons University in Boston for my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and then returned home to Maine for my graduate studies and dietetic internship at the University of Maine. I have been an RD for almost two years now and have spent most of that time working in the field of employee wellness; I also recently started a part-time position in the clinical field. I currently live in Searsport with my partner and our cat, Louie!

What are some of the favorite things about your current job(s)?

I love having one-on-one time with clients (whether in-person or virtually!) and being able to discuss their specific needs, questions, and goals. I also enjoy using the technique of Motivational Interviewing when working with clients, as it helps them build the self-efficacy they need in order to take small steps toward their goals and dreams. Hearing what motivates and inspires people toward their goals is what makes working in the health and wellness field exciting for me.

 

Why did you choose to practice in Maine?

Being from Maine originally and having left the state for college, I came to the realization that I love Maine and wanted to stay here! I love the sense of community here, as well as the beauty of nature that is right outside my door.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes when you’re not working?

On the side, I am also a yoga instructor– yoga is one of my favorite activities for the body, mind, and spirit. I also love to cook and bake at home, walk outside when I get the chance, and sing whenever possible!

What is your favorite food?

All-time favorite would have to be spaghetti with marinara sauce and parmesan. Close runners-up are peaches, raspberries, sautéed garlicky kale, and a good burrito.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with new dietitians, dietetic interns or students?

To dietetic interns especially – don’t be afraid to ask for help! The internship is so worthwhile and an amazing learning opportunity, but can also feel stressful and overwhelming while you’re in it. Don’t be afraid to ask your preceptor lots of questions, connect with other dietitians who have been through the same process to ask for advice, and have a chat with your internship director if you are having any problems with a rotation. You don’t need to keep these things to yourself – there is a lot of support to be found in the dietetics community!

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