DaVita renal dietitian Sue from Ohio knows that in today’s fast-paced world, people don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. And when the cook is serving someone with chronic kidney disease, the challenges are even greater. That’s why Sue shares two delicious yet easy-to-prepare recipes that fit into the kidney diet. Her Salmon Salad Sandwich Filling takes mere minutes to mix up and makes the perfect solution for the humdrum lunch. Pineapple Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce is Sue’s recommendation for a kidney-healthy entrée that’s a taste sensation. This recipe takes basic chicken and gives it a flavor punch with garlic, pepper, thyme, honey, Dijon mustard and pineapple.
Sue attended Virginia Tech, where she became interested in becoming a dietitian. “I enjoyed a nutrition class taken my first year of college,” Sue remembers.
When asked what led her into the renal field, Sue explains, “I was selected by my prospective employer to become their first renal dietitian as I had a 2-week renal rotation in my internship.”
In her work with DaVita, Sue places her focus on teaching her patients what they need to know to live a healthy lifestyle. For kidney patients, knowledge truly is the key. “I try to educate them so that they can help improve their health by eating appropriately,” Sue explains.
“One particular patient, upon hearing that we allowed them to bring ‘whatever they want’ to dialysis to eat during treatment, brought a banana split even though she was diabetic,” recalls Sue. “Come to find out, she thought that what she ate here wouldn’t matter since we would remove it all. We straightened out her understanding right away.”
This dedicated renal dietitian describes her approach to working with patients as “encouraging progressive changes.” Her goal is to help them follow their doctor’s advice, which she believes is the single most important thing patients can do to improve their health.
Through her work at DaVita, Sue enjoys learning about her patients, including what they have done and what they currently do in their lives. She appreciates their positive feedback and says it is very gratifying when they thank her for her help.
Sue has lived in Ohio for the past 15 years and has been with DaVita since 2003. She currently works at the DaVita centers in Xenia, Fairborn and Eaton. It’s very convenient for her, because the centers are close to her home.
The most challenging aspect of Sue’s job is “keeping up with documentation.” On the plus side, she likes the opportunity to network with other dietitians at DaVita. “I’ve got a great group of teammates to work with!” Sue says. She also says she’s found it very interesting to develop her computer skills with various programs and applications used at DaVita.
Sue’s recipe for Salmon Salad Sandwich Filling is the perfect option when you need a kidney-healthy lunch. And her Pineapple Chicken with Honey Mustard Sauce is a memorable dish that just may become one of your favorite chicken recipes.