Lynnette Becker, RD, LDN; Clinical Dietitian & NSAND President 2017-2018
Works at: Advocate Condell Medical Center
Hobbies: Cooking for loved ones
What do you do in the field of dietetics? I am an inpatient clinical dietitian. I have the opportunity to work with patients with a variety of health needs. This has included cancer, gastroenterology, orthopedics, wound care, stroke, endocrinology, pediatrics, and intensive care.
Did you always know you wanted to be a dietitian? No, but I have always wanted to be of service to my fellow man within my community. Dietetics feels like a very good fit to accomplish this dream.
What's your favorite dish to cook? Any pie – pecan, coconut custard, cherry, or chicken pot pie! Wait, no, tabbouleh and hummus! No, no, it has to be lamb stew! Who am I kidding?! I thoroughly enjoy cooking pretty much anything.
What is your best advice for younger dietitians on how to network with experienced dietitians? Get involved early with your local IAND district and stay involved! Volunteer to help at meetings - even as a greeter. This allows you the opportunity to meet practicing RDs and may provide a foot in the door when it comes time to begin your career. The connections you build within your district can become lasting friendships and connections in the next step of your journey.
Which area of dietetics do you like or have considered switching into that is different from your area of practice? My area of interest throughout my internship was pediatric dietetics. I would love to practice more in this area and eventually work in an outpatient pediatric physician's office.
If you could have a super-power what would that be? I would have a magic want that would provide people the gift of readiness, willingness, and the financial ability to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes that would put them on the road to health.