Stacey Mattinson, Elevate Nutrition Consulting
Stacey Mattinson, owner of Elevate Nutrition Consulting
As a clinical dietitian for a hospital, Texas Woman's University online nutrition student Stacey Mattinson loved teaching patients about how nutrition could help them heal. But with only 15 minutes to educate patients who were frequently recovering from major surgery, Mattinson said it was difficult to direct behavior changes.
To spend more time on nutritional counseling, Mattinson launched Elevate Nutrition Consulting in February 2016.
“[At the hospital] there was too much information for too little time, and the patients were usually overwhelmed with handouts being given to them by new practitioners every hour,” Mattinson said. “Moving to an outpatient role, I work with clients who come to me and are significantly more prepared for behavior change. I wanted to move to the preventive side of health care rather than remain reactive.”
Elevate Nutrition Consulting, based in Bee Cave, Texas, provides nutritional therapy for individuals as well as consulting services for corporate clients, such as Intel, Luke’s Locker, Gold’s Gym, Randalls and H-E-B.
At Randalls, Mattinson has led grocery store tours for customers who refill their diabetic prescriptions at the store pharmacy.
“The pharmacist briefly discussed medication compliance and I used a majority of the time to discuss the carbohydrate counting and lead the group through the entirety of the grocery store,” Mattinson said. “It was a very well-received initiative.”
At H-E-B, Mattinson has co-hosted a weight-management program for staff. One staff member said that the program has helped him lose 30 pounds and lower his blood pressure.
While growing her business, Mattinson has been working toward a masters of science in nutrition through TWU’s online program. The online program began in 2009 and is ranked #12 Best Online Master’s in Nutrition program by BestColleges.com
“I had my suspicions about online programs, but it was the only way that I could keep working full-time,” Mattinson said. “I have had a great experience. In fact, I would say it's better because I can review information over and over, rather than relying on notes written feverishly from a lecture.”
Mattinson also chose TWU because she could obtain graduate credit through her dietetic internship at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Most students obtain the 36-credit minimum required for online degree completion in about two years, said Assistant Professor Mindy Maziarz, who oversees the online M.S. in nutrition program at the Houston Center.
“Our program is cost-effective and gives students an opportunity to complete their entire degree in an online environment,” Maziarz said. “It primarily focuses on clinical nutrition and uses evidenced-based nutrition practice to advance the knowledge of nutritionists and registered dietitian nutritionists who are seeking a graduate degree.”
Mattinson said her favorite course has been “Eating Behaviors and Eating Disorders,” which examines cultural, societal and psychological influences on eating behaviors and addresses treatment options.
“At the time, I was developing the curriculum for the psychiatry/eating disorders rotation for the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas dietetic internship,” Mattinson said. “Associate Professor Carolyn Moore helped shape much of what I taught with her wealth of resources. The videos, which were required, were very engaging. I felt that she only assigned homework that was meaningful.”
Mattinson is also launching a new site, www.whatthekale.co, which will curate science-based nutrition articles. One article that is sure to be featured on the new site is her own Filling the gaps on ‘Nutrients of Concern, which ran in the Egg Nutrition Center’s newsletter in October 2016.
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