Barb Pearl, MS, LDN, RDN and NSAND’s Past-Chair
Works at: Private Practice, Barb Pearl Nutrition
Hobbies: Taking care of my grandson, baking, music, exercise, travel
Did you always know you wanted to be a dietitian?
I always like math and science. My mom was a dietitian and she had a great influence on me growing up. It seemed like a natural profession to choose.
What's a fun fact about you or my family?
I have two children who are physicians.
What is your best advice for younger dietitians on how to network with experienced dietitians?
I suggest: (1) getting involved with all sorts of professional and social groups that interest you, (2) pursue various avenues of dietetics to see where your interests lie, (3) keep your lines of communication open to your network of contacts, (4) Don’t be afraid to go out of your box of what’s comfortable….take the risk.
What is your favorite food?
I really do not have a favorite food, but I do love ice cream.
Which area of dietetics do you like or have considered switching into that is different from your area of practice?
Currently, I am not switching fields. I have authored two books, worked in clinical dietetics in a hospital and outpatient clinic; been a staff dietitian and a Chief; worked in food regulatory in a large food company, and have my private practice in pediatrics and adult nutrition.
Name one thing an RDN could do to benefit the dietetics profession in general.
RDN’s can set examples themselves by living a healthy and fit lifestyle. Be open minded, yet use your education and good judgment when making nutrition and fitness decisions.
Where did you complete your internship?
I completed my dietetic internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, while completing my Masters degree at Boston University. That was back in the days when the rule was one could only pick 2 internships to apply to. I was very lucky to have been able to go through this internship, where I continue to be friends with many of the other dietetic interns from my class.