Meet the Dietitian: Sue Martin
Sue Martin, RD, CNSC, graduated from University of California Davis and completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. A registered dietitian since 1985, she worked in the Boston area before moving to San Diego in 1991. She has been with Sharp HealthCare since 1995 and currently works at Sharp Home Infusion Services and Sharp Home Care.
Sue is married, has two grown sons and a dog, Lucy, who loves to walk and hike as much as she does. Edible gardening is Sue's passion and she maintains a year-round vegetable garden and fruit trees.
Tell us how you became interested in the field of nutrition?I've had a long-standing interest in food and nutrition, perhaps from learning to cook and preserve food with my mother and grandmother. I taught high school for six years after college but when we moved to Massachusetts, I decided to refocus and take additional coursework for a career in nutrition. I've always loved science and I'm married to a chemistry professor so this was perfect. My work challenges me to take complex nutrition information and translate it in meaningful ways for patients to understand and use.
Do you have a particular specialty or focus area as a registered dietitian at Sharp?Over the years I've worked in community nutrition, private practice and inpatient at all of Sharp's hospitals but I especially enjoy my work with patients at home. Currently, at Sharp Home Infusion Services, I provide nutrition care for patients with tube feedings or IV nutrition. I also meet with Sharp Home Care patients and caregivers in their homes to assist them with various nutrition challenges.
What is most satisfying about your role at Sharp?Solving nutrition problems with patients and their caregivers is very rewarding. Seeing patients gain (or lose) weight, transition off tube feedings or just get stronger, feel better and enjoy life energizes me. I leave work every day feeling I've been able to make a difference.
What is your favorite piece of nutrition advice?For most Americans, this is good advice: "Eat less. Move more. Eat more fruits and vegetables."
For More InformationTo learn more about Sharp's specialized hospital nutrition support services, please call 858-499-3114.
To learn more about Sharp's Nutrition Education and Counseling Program or to schedule an outpatient appointment, call 619-740-4632 or send us an email.
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