Spotlight on a Member: Elyse Freschi

I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2013. I completed my dietetic internship through the University of Connecticut and became a Registered Dietitian in 2014.

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the health field. I have always been fascinated how profound an effect our diet can have on our overall health. I had to make some changes to my diet due to certain health conditions. These experiences increased my interest in the nutrition field and helping others has become my passion.

Currently, I am a clinical dietitian at Mercy Medical Center and Weldon Rehabilitation Center. I work in inpatient rehab and throughout the hospital in numerous units including intensive care, med-surg, ortho-neuro, respiratory, and urology. One of my favorite aspects about working in an acute care setting is the wide range of patients I am able to help. I am very interested in the areas of nutrition support and diabetes management. My goals are to become a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and Certified Diabetes Educator. I am also very interested in the field of nutrigenomics and enjoy attending lectures and taking online classes in this area when I am able to.

During my free time, I enjoy being outside. I especially like being near the ocean during the summer! One of my favorite spots to relax is on Ender’s Island in Mystic, CT. In the winter, I enjoy cheering on my favorite team, the Syracuse Orange, during basketball season. Some of my other hobbies are sewing and dancing.

This is my second year as a WAMDA member and board member. I enjoyed my time as the Membership Coordinator for the 2015-2016 year and I recently transitioned into my new role as the Webmaster for the 2016-2017 membership year.