Arda Buyuktimkin, MS, RD
Attended: San Diego State University (San Diego, California) for my Bachelor's & Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas) for my Master's Dietetic Internship: Located in Beaumont, Texas in conjunction with Lamar University's Master's program. Program emphasized in nutrition education across a large span of rotations (acute care, post acute care, rehabilitation, diabetes outpatient, dialysis outpatient, community nutrition, WIC, bariatric outpatient, oncology, children's food and nutrition, food service and university/school nutrition). Enjoys about her job: The variety in the patients that I see! I absolutely love helping out patients the best that I can by being their cheerleader! This includes the newest addition of a bariatric support group that I lead to help provide a safe space for everyone in the pre and post surgery phase of their journey. Does in her free time: I enjoy reading a variety of novels (fiction, nonfiction, etc), painting abstract portraits, watching and playing basketball, going on walks with my dog, playing with my cat, going on hikes as well as re-watching shows (Scrubs, Fresh Prince, Walking Dead, etc). Favorite Food: Turkish food (due to family culture) shortly followed by Mexican and Indian food. I love foods that have a lot of flavor, spice and variety.
Attended: Arizona State University Dietetic Internship: Nutrition Ink Enjoys about her job: Helping patients feel awesome, reach their goals, and enjoy the food they're eating! Does in her free time: hot yoga, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Favorite Food: Mediterranean food.
Alina Ochoa, RD
Attended: Arizona State University Dietetic Internship: ASU Wellness Dietetic Internship Enjoys about her job: Helping others build a healthier relationship with food. Does in her free time:I enjoy hiking, walking my dog, rock climbing, cooking, and gardening. I'm also a total nerd who loves playing video games and D&D with friends. Interesting Fact: Hispanic foods
Enjoys about her job: listening to dieticians interact with patients, knowledge of healthier lifestyle Does in her free time: music, movies Favorite Food: Tacos!
Ana De Leon, MS, RD
Attended: Arizona State University Dietetic Internship: ASU Masters in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetic Internship Combined Program (MSDI) Enjoys about her job: My favorite part of the job is talking to people all day and helping them improve their quality of life by making long-term, sustainable change. (I also love hearing about their pets!) Does in her free time: Cake decorating, roller skating, traveling (especially to Disneyland!), sewing, gardening, building LEGO's, DIY/woodworking, and watching movies. I have more hobbies than hours in the day! Favorite Food: Pasta in all shapes and forms!