Nouveau cuisine often switches dietary ingredients like fat, salt and sugar, for lighter items that retain taste but get rid of the artery-clogging stuff. Keeping right up with the culinary times, Sharon from Louisiana adopted a nouveau technique with great success for her Crunchy Oven-Fried Catfish recipe. This dish features traditional Southern crispy coating over the fish, but added fat is nowhere to be found.
A self-described “Air Force brat,” Sharon lived in several states as a child and attended Valparaiso University in Indiana. With her interest in science and food, dietetics was a natural choice. The renal field soon beckoned with a job opportunity.
Sharon soon discovered that the most rewarding part of her job was the long-term patient relationships that developed as a normal course of work. “I most enjoy working among diverse patients and treating each one as an individual,” says Sharon.
While Sharon enjoys knowing her patients personally, she knows the way to make them feel their best is to help them understand the importance of the dialysis diet. Sharon admits, “The most challenging part of my job is dealing with patients who always have an excuse why something won’t work. But hopefully, I can show them ways to make their diet successful.”
Sharon believes knowledge is power. “The single most important thing patients can do to improve their health is open their minds to education,” Sharon comments. “It’s always good to try new things, and my most successful new education tool was singing a song during the Power of P project.” (The Power of P project is a DaVita initiative to help educate patients about phosphorus.)
Regarding working for DaVita, Sharon says, “I have been with DaVita for one-and-a-half years, and appreciate the teamwork and nutritional support for dietitians. I was very surprised to find such good support behind dietitians at the corporate level.” Sharon appreciates being a member of the DaVita team. “I had only been working [for DaVita] four weeks when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The process of coming back to work while dealing with my own personal damage was helped by support of teammates around the country,” shares Sharon.
“Our Louisiana center is special because of the combination of patients, the medical director and teammates — and it’s only nine miles from my house, so the commute is easy on gasoline,” smiles Sharon. “I just want to say that my center is the greatest!”
Another great thing about Louisiana is the food. And, Sharon knows something about that. Try her recipe for Crunchy Over-Fried Catfish and savor the flavor of this healthful southern treat.