It tastes like you worked all day over a hot stove, but Lemon-Rosemary Barbeque Chicken isn’t hard to make. The secret lies in tossing the chicken in spices and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight to soak up the flavor. DaVita renal dietitian, Carol from New Jersey created this taste sensation for her dialysis patients and now she’s sharing it with you, too.
When asked why she became a dietitian, Carol states, “I was interested in diabetes and concerned with healthful eating habits. The renal field gives a dietitian the opportunity to specialize in one specific area of nutrition. The kidney is a fascinating organ because it has so many nutrition-related functions”
Originally from Glen Ridge and Montclair, New Jersey, Carol attended Montclair State University. She has been with DaVita for over six years. “The most rewarding part of my job is assisting patients to achieve a better quality of health and life through diet, medications and dialysis. I make a difference in patients’ lives by being a resource for nutrition information, as well as listening to nutrition-related issues without judgment,” says Carol. On the flipside she says, “Issues that are most challenging in this inner-city hemodialysis unit center around patient noncompliance.
Overall, Carol tries to give her patients all the information and motivation they need to stick to the dialysis diet. “I enjoy the continuity of patient care, and getting to know each patient as an individual. I like being able to see what effect nutrition counseling makes on their food choices and habits,” shares Carol. She describes her approach working with patients as personal and says, “I try to let patients know that I’m here for them as a resource for nutrition-related solutions, and not someone who will scold them if they slip up on their diet or medicines. I believe the most important things patients can do to improve their health are adhere to their dialysis schedule, dialysis diet and medication regimen.”
Carol feels, “The great thing about working for DaVita is the many resources for dietitians. I didn’t realize until I came to work here that there was such a thing as residual kidney function.” In addition to learning a lot, Carol appreciates the kindness from her fellow teammates and patients. She recalls, “A new patient pulled me aside one day to let me know that many of the patients said I was a ‘real sweetheart.’ That patient said she wanted me to know this because she felt I would be touched to know people spoke about me this way.”
“Our center is located in an inner-city area and my teammates make it special with their genuine concern for our patients’ well-being. I am essentially a local in the area, as I have lived here all my life. Most of my teammates have been at this clinic for years,” says Carol.
Carol’s Lemon-Rosemary Barbeque Chicken takes the humble chicken and blends it with an array of spices to give it a kick you’ll appreciate. This hot, oven-baked dish will really warm your table and your tummy.