Instead of just volunteering for anything, I really wanted to volunteer for things I clearly was very passionate about and connected to. Because I think that actually made me enjoy that process more, I was really trying to make sure that I pursued things that aligned with kind of who I was.”Alissa Steinberg, MHSc, RD
Multifaceted and certified diabetes educator Alissa Steingerg sits down with Sarah this week to discuss her career path in dietetics, which has allowed her to take on various roles in clinical, research, and educational settings. Alissa has always made it a point in her career to find and work in fields that she is passionate about and to seek out mentors she connects with, both of which have been critical to her success.
Alissa grew up just outside of Toronto in an Itailan-Jewish family that was very food focused. As a competitive athlete, sports and nutrition always played a large part in her life, a factor that became even more important after her father was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. Alissa began her post-secondary education in the health sciences program at Western University. During her first year she learned the university also offered a nutrition program and she would go on to complete both programs simultaneously.
After graduating from Western, Alissa was torn between pursuing med school and completing a masters to become a dietitian, eventually deciding on the Masters in Health Science and Communication at Ryerson. Alissa began her career as a dietitian for a family clinic in Markham before moving into a contract role at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Alissa has performed many roles during her ten years at Sick Kids, including general pediatric care, outpatient clinics, and her current role on the Sick Kids Teen Obesity Management Program team. In addition to her work with STOMP, Alissa also works with U of T bringing more nutrition into the medical school curriculum, has her own private practice, and is working on putting together her own cookbooks as well as developing a food product.
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