After growing up in Vermont, Amity studied nutrition at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Today she loves how her work makes a difference in people’s lives. “I motivate them to make healthy choices so they feel better and have a better quality of life. The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting to know my patients and families and, of course, seeing improved outcomes,” she shares.
Amity’s energetic and friendly approach goes a long way in helping her patients feel better. She is amazed at “how resilient patients are and just how much a kind word means when someone feels poorly.”
Recognizing her patients’ achievements goes a long way in helping them improve their attitudes and lab results. “Our patients love to have their names up on the bulletin board for ‘Perfect Labs’, ‘Most Improved Labs’ or ‘Citizen of the Month.’ It seems small, but they have really loved being recognized for all of their hard work,” shares Amity.
While many people work in cubicles without windows, Amity feels lucky to do her hard work at a DaVita center in Florida. “We are right by the beach and it is a great place to live and visit,” Amity says, adding, “We have teammates in charge of decorating and celebrating patient and teammate birthdays — it’s just like a family.”
Amity says it’s satisfying when her patients find kidney-friendly ways to add their favorite foods into their diets. She says, “Our patient, Julie, has always enjoyed pickles but she recently started on dialysis and had stopped eating them. Julie’s mother, Annette, went to work in the kitchen to develop a kidney-friendly pickle that her family has come to thoroughly enjoy.”
In addition to sharing her favorite Pickled Okra recipe on DaVita.com, Julie is an inspiration to Amity and everyone at the center. Amity explains, “She is a ray of sunshine, and is known to say, ‘Dialysis has given me another chance at life.’ She strongly believes that she is still alive for a reason, and has dedicated her life to inspire others to live to their fullest capacity. Her life mission is to encourage patients to reclaim their lives despite living with a chronic illness.”
Treat yourself and your family to something new. Try Amity’s Almost Mashed Potatoes and Julie’s mom’s recipe for Pickled Okra. They taste so good; you won’t even know they’re kidney friendly.