“Not only do I love counseling clients to promote and motivate behavior change, but I also enjoy educating them on their lab values and trending their numbers as it correlates to their nutritional intake.”
I’m Lydia, a renal dietitian who is passionate about empowering my clients to take control of their renal health. Being a renal dietitian has been the most rewarding job of my entire career; I appreciate the challenges, ongoing interpersonal work and the need for constant learning. I love working and interacting with patients of all ages including seniors and serving them as a valuable resource and support person for their specific needs.
I find the kidneys fascinating for many reasons including their function in bone health and the nutritional role, and this is one of the interesting facts that drew me to the field. Another one of my favorite aspects of my profession is the fact that I get to build long term relationships with my clients and see their progress as it unfolds. This is so rewarding for me along with helping my clients become more engaged and in control of their health.
I have been acknowledged by many as an effective counselor because of the compassionate and caring approach that I take with each of my clients. I’m always an active listener and able to empathize with my clients to help better understand their specific needs and unique goals. I view health success as a good overall quality of life which is what I aspire to help each of my clients achieve!
I was born and raised in the pastoral Golan Heights in northern Israel and speak three languages fluently (English, Hebrew, Arabic). I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen - I make my own yogurt and cheese, enjoy pickling and fermenting foods and my husband and I even brew our own beer. We recently purchased a cherry farm in the Golan Heights and are interested in sustainable agriculture. I spend as much time as I can outdoors with my husband, our two sons and puppy. We also like to travel and learn and experience new cultures, especially by trying new foods which is a great way to learn about other cultures way of life.
Kidney Community Involvement:
Participates in local school district “Health Weeks”, develops lesson plans and activities to students on healthy eating and physical activity.
Dietetic Internship, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania
M.A. Nutrition Education, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania
B.S. Nutrition Science, Tel Hai Academic College, Israel
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