Janaelle Humberd, R.D.

Janaelle Humberd is a Clinical Dietitian at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA.

What is your job title?

I am a registered dietitian and lead clinical dietitian at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA. I also do consulting on the side for a gym – Pumps Fitness.

Where do you work?

I work at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston and at a gym named Pumps Fitness.

What is your educational preparation?

I was an undergrad at UNH (University of New Hampshire). I did a community internship at Simmons College in Boston. It was great because it was different from your average clinical internship. It was shorter (9 months) which was nice, and I got to go to different places like the Boston Ballet, and see a wide range of nutrition jobs.

Why did you choose your respective specialty?

I just took this job out of school, it was my first job as a licensed Dietitian and I just ended up staying for 5 years because I love the job and the people I work with. (So I didn’t really “choose” it as a specialty) I thought I wanted to leave clinical after a few years but I love it here so I have incorporated other non-clinical aspects to my job to keep it interesting. I love consulting [at the gym], so that’s my main specialty, I enjoy educating and helping people with their goals.

What were your previous positions before becoming an RD for the hospital?

I was a Nutritionist for WIC right out of college in Massachusetts and San Diego for a few years.

Who do you interact with on a daily basis?

Patients/clients, nurses, doctors, everyone in the food service department.

What is a typical day for you?

I usually go to rounds in the morning to learn all about the patients, then see the patients in order of priority. Most days are different because the workload varies. When I am not doing clinical stuff I work with the Food-service department on menus and heart healthy ideas for the café, I do a nutrition board monthly that I keep up to date with the latest hot topics. I work with weight loss groups at work as well (weight watchers at work etc) and I am always developing new handouts for patients, etc. So I can always find something to do on my downtime.

What are some common food & drug interactions you are faced with?

I have a lot of patients on Coumadin, so I do some education on Vitamin K.

What are the most common nutrition-related problems that you are faced with?

At the gym I see a lot of people that need to lose a lot of weight (50-100lbs) so food addiction and breaking bad habits. At the hospital I see a lot of patients with cancer of the mouth so they come to me with a lot of weight loss (due to difficulty eating from the cancer) and need tube feeds, so their issues are gaining back the weight and learning how to eat via enteral feeds which can be life changing. I also see a lot of Diabetics so I do teaching on blood sugar control.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is that I get to structure my own day and can implement my own thoughts and ideas. Helping people and teaching people is what I really love.

Do you have any advice for nutrition students?

Keep an open mind in terms of what type of work you want to do, the more you work in the field, the easier it is to find your “niche”.