Christy D. Fernandez
Christy D. Fernandez, MS, RD, LDN
How long have you been a member of MDDA?
Why did you join MDDA?
I joined this great organization to network with our dietitians within the area and t become more involved with our community.
Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
Networking with other dietitians has allowed me to find those with expertise to help in my own practice as well as refer patients to other dietitians. It’s also beneficial to bounce ideas and to form great friendships. Being a member of MDDA has given me the opportunity to receive CEUs on great topics, serve as the newsletter chair for the board, and learn more about the roots of MDDA.
How did you get into this field?
Great story! I was actually a pre-nursing major and was taking pathophysiology as my final course before I started nursing school. During the class, I noticed that every single disease and condition had a nutrition component: it could be prevented AND treated with nutrition. That is when I realized I wanted to be a dietitian and share nutrition with others. My mother always said that I would be involved in healthcare or nutrition somehow. When it came to snack time, I never wanted cookies, fast food, or chips; I always asked for fruits and vegetables!
I was born and raised in Memphis and completed my education and internship in Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN. I moved back to Memphis in 2008 and took my first job at Baptist hospital. I cared for a variety of in- and outpatients but my favorite group was the heart transplant patients. Recently, I was promoted to the clinical nutrition manager role and also serve as the system leader with all Baptist hospitals. I also started my teaching career at the University of Phoenix and primarily teach healthcare courses. Aside from my career, I love eating different foods and trying new wine and coffee! I also like to bowl and spend time with my family and friends.