Cake is such a special dessert, it has come to signify celebrations. We have cake to celebrate birthdays, graduations, weddings and other special events. DaVita renal dietitian Martha from Missouri shares her fabulous kidney friendly recipe for St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake for those special times when you'll want to celebrate. And on another day, you can try her recipe for Martha's Coffee Frappe', a delicious kidney friendly version of the popular iced coffee drinks sold at every coffee house.
Martha was led to the field of dietetics by a family member. “My big sister Barb was doing a dietetic internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis when I was in high school,” Martha stated. “A tour of the hospital facilities and hearing stories about her experiences inspired my career choice,” she explained.
The Missouri native left her home state to become a dietitian at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. After college, she came to specialize in the renal field. “The hospital where I was employed built their acute dialysis rooms on the medical floor that I was assigned. I was informed that I was to be the 'renal dietitian',” Martha explained.
Martha is happy to be back in Missouri, and enjoys working “close to home.” A member of the DaVita team for nine years (initially with Gambro, then DaVita), Martha splits her time between three dialysis centers. Coincidentally, she job-shares her position at one of the centers with “one of the dietitians I went through orientation with nine years ago at Gambro.”
While Martha's two DaVita dialysis centers have “great patients and hard-working staff” and “similar doctor referrals” in common, each has “something different.” She notes, “One clinic has a nocturnal shift, and the other has a home hemodialysis program.” Appreciative of the patient education support from DaVita, Martha remarked, “I like the twice-a-year dietitian meetings that always have presentations with lots of good, pertinent information.”
Using a friendly and helpful approach with patients, Martha most enjoys “individualizing each person's care to fit their situation.” Giving nutritional advice “to improve how patients feel,” Martha finds the most rewarding aspect of her job is “seeing patients' quality of life improve after following my advice.”
Martha points out that three of the most important things that her patients can do to proactively take charge of their health is to “avoid missing treatments, avoid skipping meals, and take medicines as prescribed.” But Martha likes to dispense her advice in fun, less traditional ways as well, which is why she has a “multi-month game per year to promote phosphorus control.”
With her wonderful recipes for St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake and Martha's Coffee Frappe', you will celebrate Martha every day, just like her patients do. As always when it comes to dessert, portion control is the key to keeping these recipes kidney friendly.