Casey Katz, MS, RD
How long have you been a member of MAND?
Why did you join MAND?
I joined MDDA as a University of Memphis Intern. I have always been active in local dietetics groups and enjoyed leading as a student for Middle Tennessee State University’s SDA. Dietitians are fun, inspiring people, and I believe we have greater strength in numbers. Working together will take us and our profession a long way!
How has membership in MAND been of value to you and your practice?
I have met many dietitians I would not have otherwise known through MDDA. Now that I am a registered dietitian, I am able to catch up with old friends at social events. I am excited to be a part of the board this year and help in any way possible not only to promote healthy eating and dietetics, but to serve the community with nutrition knowledge and expertise.
Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
Currently, I am a clinical dietitian at St. Francis Hospital off Park. I cover an acute care for seniors floor as well as half of the ICU. I love the excitement of critical illness and ever changing environment of the ICU. I love the challenge of a complicated patient and applying the newest evidence based medicine to provide optimal nutrition and care.
I also work as a consulting dietitian for Fusion Fitness with Erica Hill. I met Erica 2 years ago when I took her Bootcamp class. She is an amazing and inspiring individual and I highly recommend all of her classes. My position created itself as her growth for nutrition knowledge expanded. She wanted to provide her clients with accurate nutritional advice, and recognized that a registered dietitian is the expert. Therefore, I work with my friend Erica to overview nutritional information for her clients.
How did you get into this field?
I originally wanted to become a pilot when I first went to college. After one year in aviation, I took up running half marathons and marathons. As I trained, I realized I was losing weight and having headaches all the time. I went out and bought the ADA Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, as well as some other nutrition textbooks and guides to figure out what I was doing wrong. After I received a poor grade on my Weather exam, I realized I was in the wrong field! I never knew a dietitian existed! Once I found out that I could study a topic I was so passionate about, there was no turning back. I love food and nutrition and practicing what I preach/leading by example!
Casey Katz is a registered dietitian who works as a clinical dietitian at St. Francis Hospital on Park. She also consults for Fusion Fitness with Erica Hill. She began her path at Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition Science while working as a dietary aide at The Heritage of Brentwood and holding the position of Secretary for SDA. From there, she was accepted into the University of Memphis’s Clinical Nutrition Internship and Residency Program and received her Masters of Science in Dec. 2011. Her most memorable rotation was her residency covering the trauma ICU at the Med.
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
- Graduate Student of the Year 2011- MDDA
- Registered Dietitian – February 2012
- Historian - MDDA
Aside from your professional career, what would you like MDDA members to know about you?
I love being active. And when I say active, I mean training and competing like a crazy lady! Running is my favorite sport of all. I have completed 28 half marathons, 3 full marathons, multiple 5k/10k races, with 1 full marathon and 1 half planned for the other half of 2012. I have completed 3 sprint triathlons and placed 2nd in my age group at each one. I have also completed an Olympic distance triathlon. As the season is in full force currently, I have 2 sprints, 1 Olympic, and a half-ironman distance to cover before hitting 2013! I also have a kayak and am really enjoying paddling. Seriously, if you are looking for an active adventure, give me a call and we can go have some fun!!