Spotlight on a Member: Eliana Lakritz, MS RD CSG LDN

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Union College
Graduate Degree and Dietetic Internship: Framingham State University

My interest in nutrition stemmed from my family background. My father is a doctor in the area and my mother is a therapist, so I have grown up around health—physical and mental. Instead of lab work, I opted to pursue a field that would allow me to use my own knowledge to directly help patients improve their well-being. Nutrition became a forerunner when I learned on a personal level the how it can influence both physical and emotional health. This will be my fourth year as a clinical dietitian at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield. I am fortunate enough to treat patients that live in my own community. Over time, I did develop a passion for treating geriatric patients, which inspired me to pursue a specialty in this field.

Besides the everyday challenges and uniqueness that each patient brings to the table, one of my favorite parts of my job is the community outreach. I write a monthly article for the Westfield Newspaper and am a monthly guest on “Wake-Up Wednesdays,” a radio show hosted by the Westfield Council on Aging director.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, family and with my fur babies Olive (4 month old puppy) and Rolo (12 year old cat) -- both named after food of course! Baking, reading and going to the gym are also hobbies of mine!

I have been on the WAMDA board for four years. For the 2020 year, I look forward to staying on the WAMDA board as a nominating committee chair. If you have any interest in joining as well, contact [email protected]!