Mexican Chicken Pizza and Roast Pork by Shelli from Michigan

Talk about being an over-achiever—Shelli actually works at three DaVita Dialysis Centers in her home state of Michigan. Good thing her energy level matches her enthusiasm for being a dietitian. “I love the challenge of staying creative and keeping the education process exciting and intriguing for my patients to learn about nutrition,” says Shelli. “It’s so rewarding when a patient feels proud about improving their nutritional status.”

Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle have been an important part of Shelli’s life since college. “A healthy lifestyle was always my goal in college and I learned about a career in nutrition and thought it would be a good fit for me.” Shelli states. After completing her degree at Western Michigan University, she began working as a DaVita dietitian in 1999.

Today, Shelli enjoys making a difference in her patients’ lives by helping them fit the dialysis diet into their lifestyle and providing a fun, supportive setting where they can learn about food and how it relates to their lab results. Shelli explains, “Patients talk about their labs and encourage each other to get their phosphorus in control or decrease their fluid intake. We also play games like ‘Mount Phos-pho,’ which helps encourage everyone to improve their phosphorus levels. The patients get so excited when they earn a certificate, award or prize for doing well on their labs!”

Shelli enjoys working with her teammates at DaVita, “I do appreciate having everyone who works for DaVita feel as a part of a whole team and that we can help each other to help our patients live healthier lives.” Shelli adds, “On special days, we play bingo and the patients win prizes. I think they really enjoy the extras that our team does for them, like playing games.”

Shelli shares not one, but two terrific recipes: for casual meals a Mexican Chicken Pizza and for more fancy fare a Roast Pork with Apples.

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