Perrin LeAnne Tamblyn
CLC, Dietetic Intern and M.S. in Clinical Nutrition student at the University of Memphis
Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
Currently I work at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital as a graduate assistant in inpatient leukemia and hematology services. I absolutely love working in pediatric nutrition. I really enjoy speaking with patients and their families and finding creative ways to solve their nutrition problems. I enjoy clinical nutrition because I learn so much every day. Spending time in the hospital is a constant learning experience. I am also extremely fortunate to get to work with some wonderful dietitians and students on a regular basis. My thesis research is in the leukemia/lymphoma service at St. Jude, and examines different tools to assess body weight status in pediatric oncology patients.
How did you get into this field?
I got into dietetics in a roundabout way. I worked at a summer camp for people with special needs during high school and college. My experiences there led me to speech pathology, but I soon found that career was not quite fitting for my personality. I was very interested in swallowing disorders and nutrition, and I was a counselor for a child who had a g-tube, so I decided to look into nutrition and dietetics. I am also very active, and I place a great deal of emphasis on nutrition in my own life. Dietetics definitely turned out to be a perfect match for me!
Perrin was born in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Dietetics. She was extremely involved in nutrition related activities during college such as the Student Dietetic Association and Auburn University’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Association. She worked two summers as the Summer Foodservice Program’s intern for Alabama and Mississippi through Bay Area Food Bank. She loves to volunteer, and has a particular interest in pediatric nutrition, which led her to recently complete the requirements to become a Certified Lactation Counselor. She hopes to stay in the Memphis area following graduation and work in pediatrics. Perrin enjoys traveling, backpacking, running, cooking, and yoga, and will complete her certified yoga teacher training in January. She has also traveled extensively and eaten her way through Africa, Europe, and Mexico.
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
Certified Lactation Counselor, 2014
Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Graduate Student, 2014