We're really excited to feature Haley Goodrich, RD this week! Haley is a registered dietitian in Pittsburgh, PA and owns a private practice called INSPIRD Nutrition Consulting. When she's not helping others improve their relationship with food, she's blogging about delicious recipes. Come dive into Haley's story with us to see how she became so passionate about nutrition!
Healthy Bytes: Hi Haley- we're excited to be talking with you today! To start off, can you talk about how you decided to get started in the nutrition and dietetics world?
Haley Goodrich: I love food and I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. So I decided to combine the two and use my passion about healthy eating to make a positive impact. At the time I had no idea how much I would grow professionally and personally just by embarking on this journey to help others. My own struggles with anxiety, perfectionism, and body image have shifted my career into what it is today. I now feel completely confident in the fact that this career is what I was meant to do.
It's really inspiring to speak to someone whose passion shines through. Is there any advice that you would give to new or potential dietitians?
Find your voice. Find what you are passionate about with the goal of impacting others. You will be a great dietitian and love your job if you are practicing in an area you are excited about.
That's some great advice. What would you say makes your practice special?
My practice’s primary philosophy is to inspire others to have a healthy relationship with food and overall lifestyle. I am on a mission to show that healthy doesn’t have to be restrictive or defined by how you compare to others.
What is the most fascinating thing you've learned in your work?
I am still fascinated daily by the people I meet. My job isn’t to tell people what to eat, it’s to help them identify their barriers and plan how to get around them. It’s so rewarding to watch people discover a happier, healthier life.
Let's switch gears and talk a bit about insurance. How has accepting it benefit your practice?
Accepting insurance exponentially increases the number of people I am able to work with. It makes nutrition health care affordable for people while still allowing the provider to be reimbursed well. Being a provider does present challenges, but as more RDs become comfortable with accepting insurance, the process is becoming more seamless.
Along with insurance, dietetics is constantly changing. What change are you excited about in the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I am excited to see the number of private practices rise as RDs feel empowered to become entrepreneurs. We are the nutrition experts. We should be the primary providers in the field of nutrition. Consumers should have adequate coverage and access to these services.
Yes, and we see that change coming! Last but not least, is there a favorite piece of advice that you've received in your career?
Always be the full authentic version of yourself.