CHRISTUS Good Shepherd
Michele Cook, RD, LD, has been dedicated to the field of nutrition and dietetics for over 30 years. She spent several years as a volunteer for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Central Valley District, as an Executive Board member and as a California Academy Delegate. She is currently on the Renal Practice Group Executive Council, as an Education Committee member and the current Chair Elect. She has served as Secretary as well and enjoys the networking opportunities of volunteering. Michele’s desire to continuously grow as a dietitian is noted in her job history and volunteerism. Michele obtained her Certificate of Nutrition Support early in her career as an acute care clinical dietitian, she used that experience to successfully transition to a Nutrition Support Dietitian position in the home care setting. Michele worked for Brooks Healthcare as a homecare dietitian in Central California. Her thirst for knowledge enabled her to seek work in a variety of settings, including nutrition support sales for Abbott Nutrition and as an out-patient nutrition counselor. She enjoys participating in community support projects, such as the NKF Kidney Race and Tour DaVita. Most recently, Michele worked in the dialysis setting for 9 years as a Lead Dietitian and Preceptor at DaVita, Inc., in Central California and in Longview, Texas. She currently works for Aramark at Christus Good Shepherd in Longview, TX and has enjoyed the transition back to acute care. Her lifelong experiences and growth as a Renal Dietitian now enable her to put into practice: continuity of care, Nutrition Focused Physical Exam and motivational interviewing as an acute care dietitian. Her current work goal includes passing the Certificate of Specialty in Renal Nutrition. Her future leadership goals include becoming a Clinical Nutrition Manager and expanding Medical Nutrition Therapy programs for chronic kidney disease in her community.