Ann H. Geissler
Ann H. Geissler, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
How long have you been a member of MAND?
Why did you join MAND?
I had just moved to Memphis from Indiana and I joined to meet other Memphis dietitians and keep up with continuing education.
How has membership in MAND been of value to you and your practice?
It has been very valuable to network with other dietitians and to keep up CE credits. I enjoy the meetings and learning about what other dietitians are doing and accomplishing. However the real benefit of membership started when I became involved on the board and committees. I served as SPRC chairman, membership chairman, treasurer, and on 2 committees- a total of 6-7 years on the board. That is when I developed closer relationships with the other members.
Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
I have usually held at least 2 jobs; it keeps me from getting burned out and keeps things interesting. I actually have 4 jobs currently: 2 Signature HealthCARE nursing homes, Crossroads Hospice, and Coram Specialty Infusion Services, a home infusion company that provides IV therapies (including TPN) to people at home including clinical assessment and monitoring. I think the most interesting parts of any healthcare job are interacting with patients, helping them feel better and improving the quality of their lives, and learning from colleagues. Most of my work at the nursing homes is trying to stave off malnutrition and weight loss in people who frequently do not even understand the need or the concept of eating. My work at Coram is interesting because of the extremely complicated medical conditions of the consumers, many of whom will be dealing with their conditions for the remainder of their lives. There is a wonderful group of experienced Coram dietitians across the country and we learn a lot from each other.
How did you get into this field?
I read a book by Adelle Davis in high school, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, which I later realized was really pop science. However, she made nutrition sound very interesting. I started college majoring in textiles and fashion retailing but quickly realized I was out of my element, so I changed my major because of an inspiring food science instructor. During a summer practicum at the state veteran’s home, I realized how much I enjoy the elderly, so I did my master’s degree thesis research at the same veteran’s home. I had originally intended to study food science, but during my internship, I became more interested in nutrition and health.
I grew up in Indiana, the 6th of 8 children. I earned my BS and MS from Purdue University, and have worked in Indiana, San Francisco, and Memphis. My husband Pete and I moved to Memphis in 1984 with our young family and I was a full time mom for several years before starting back to work in 1991. I 3 adult children, two of whom work in women’s health – an MD and an RN.
My career has been varied, including nursing homes, research in a pediatric hospital, cardiovascular research, hospital clinical work, children’s rehab, home health, and home infusion.
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
I have been certified in nutrition support since 2000. The exam is required every 5 years and I passed it most recently in 2010. That was an accomplishment!
Feel free to include links to your publications.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3956387 Effect of Chlorthalidone on Zinc levels, Testosterone and Sexual Function in Man, Drug Nutr Interactions, 1986.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/345795 Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Taste Acuity in the Aged, Am J Clin Nutr 1978.