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2018 FAND Fall Workshop


Shaping the Future Together - Dietetics and Nutrition Practice in Florida

Upon completion of this workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Cite two future trends in the practice of nutrition and dietetics
  • Explain how these trends will impact future practice
  • State recent changes to the statutory and regulatory practice of dietetics and nutrition in Florida
  • Discuss current challenges to the Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Act
  • Describe Medicare reimbursement for RDNs including diagnoses covered
  • Explain the process of submitting insurance claims including diagnosis codes
  • Identify Academy billing/insurance/reimbursement resources available to members
  • State additional billing considerations for RDNs working in facility settings
  • Describe the potential impact RDNs can make to MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System)
  • Describe the opportunity nutrition and dietetic practitioners have in the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Discuss the importance of dietitian/nutritionist implementation of diet ordering
  • Delineate the steps to initiating diet order writing privileges in a facility
  • Name two changes cited for the future of dietetic/nutrition education
  • Discuss the implications of future education practice for both students and preceptors
  • Describe the Internal Revenue Service-required, Community Health Needs Assessment and
  • Implementation Strategy process and how it’s regulated
  • Identify ways registered dietitians can collaborate with not-for-profit healthcare systems and leverage
  • funding for community health improvement projects
  • Cite terminology and discussion points for approaching not-for-profit healthcare systems
  • Discuss how to prepare for a successful interview
  • Describe the role technology plays in securing your ideal position/internship/graduate school

Location:             UF Shands Cancer Hospital, 1515 SW Archer Road, Room 1204 and 1205, Gainesville, FL 32610

Date:                     September 22, 2018

Time:                    8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Cost:                     $89 registration fee by September 19, $109 after deadline.

8:30 am -  9:00 am               Registration/Networking

9:00 am - 10:00 am              Future Practice Trends

                                              Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LDN

10:00 am – 10:30 am           The Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Act – Statutory and Regulatory Changes

                                             Carol Elliott, RDN, LDN, FAND

10:30 am – 11:30 am           Reimbursement Issues – Implications for Private Practice and Facility Based Nutrition                                              Professionals

                                             Jenifer Ross, MHS, RDN, LDN

                                            Dawn Springs, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE

11:30 am – 12:00 pm          Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm            How to Implement Diet Ordering Privileges

                                            Holly Brennan, RDN, LDN


                                            The Future of Dietetic Education

                                            Christine Hartney, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm              Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation

                                            Melissa Dancer Brown, RDN


                                            Skills to Secure your Future Goals

                                            Lisa Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND

2:00 pm                               Evaluations

Included with registration fee: 

Morning coffee, lunch, snacks, and parking.


About the Presenters

Dawn Springs

Dawn Springs, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE

Director, Physician Partners – Metabolic Health Center

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Tallahassee, FL

Dawn received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science and MS in Dietetics from Florida State University. She began her career as the Clinical Nutrition Manager for the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center and eventually was promoted to Diabetes Education Program Development Coordinator. The Center later became the Diabetes, Bariatric and Lipid Centers affiliated with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare  and Dawn was appointed Director. The facility is now known as the Physician Partners Metabolic Health Center, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

Dawn is a member of AND, FAND and the recently created Panhandle Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has held numerous positions within that organization, as well as a member of the American Diabetes Association and the Florida Diabetes Alliance.

She has conducted research and published on topics such as the Impact of Culinary Medicine on Future Physicians, Bariatric Obesity and Improved Hydration. She is the site rotation liaison for the Family Practice Residency Program, TMH and FSU College of Medicine, FSU Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences and the Alabama nursing program.

Jenifer Ross, MSH, RD, LDN

Billing and Reimbursement Coordinator

Preferred Nutrition Services

Jacksonville, FL

Jen is a registered dietitian and faculty member in the department of nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida (UNF). She is also the billing and reimbursement coordinator for Preferred Nutrition Services, a private practice in Jacksonville Beach and serves as the Reimbursement Representative and Public Policy Committee Chair for FAND.

 Jen has extensive experience counseling individuals on a variety of nutrition-related concerns. She is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with expertise in weight concerns, disordered eating, eating disorders, impulsive & compulsive overeating, diabetes, recipe modification, and maternal/infant nutrition. Jen is a strong believer and advocate for a health focused, non-diet approach to wellness.

Jen received her BA in Human Services from Elon College, BSH and MSH in Health Science/Nutrition from the University of North Florida (UNF), and is currently working toward her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN).

Holly Brennan, RDN, LDN

Division Director of Clinical Support

Morrison Healthcare

Melbourne, FL

As the Division Director of Clinical Support Holly provides clinical and regulatory support for 200+ hospitals and is responsible for clinical program creation, execution and management. She collaborates closely with diverse healthcare support teams including operations, culinary, sales, learning and development and patient services. She directly leads 10 regional clinical nutrition managers and regularly conducts webinars/trainings to educate the entire clinical dietitian team.

Prior to her current position Holly was a Clinical Nutrition Manager for Wuesthoff Health Systems and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and a Consultant Dietitian for the Children’s Home Society in Melbourne, Florida.

Holly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical and Community Dietetics from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, numerous Dietetic Practice Groups and received a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LDN

Academy Media Spokesperson, FAND Delegate, Member AND Legislative and Public Policy Committee

Director, DCN Program/Assistant Professor

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Wright developed the nation’s second doctorate in clinical nutrition program at the University of North Florida, where she teaches doctoral-level courses in clinical nutrition, nutrition science, research, leadership and public policy. She conducts applied research in food insecurity, HIV disease and global nutrition.

She has held leadership positions at the state level in public policy and has planned and conducted FAND legislative Workshops, training hundreds of dietetic interns, RDNs, LDNs and NDTRs.

Dr. Wright obtained her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Cognate in Public Health Nutrition from the University of South Florida, her MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and her BS in Dietetics from The Ohio State University.

Carol Elliott, RDN, LDN, FAND

Vice Chair, Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council

Owner, Elliott Consulting, Inc.

Ormond Beach, FL

Carol has owned and operated a nutrition counseling and consulting business in Ormond Beach, FL since 1979. She is a member of the Dietitians in Health Care Communities (DHCC) practice group and has held numerous positions within the DHCC. She was presented the DHCC award for Distinguished Member in 2006. She was a member of the Scope of Practice/Standards of Professional Performance Committee and an author of these guidelines in 2010-2011.

She is a member of the Peer Network for Nutrition Care Process (PNNCP) group. She and her staff were one of seventeen national sites that field-tested the Nutrition Care Process for writing Nutrition Diagnosis statements.

Carol is also a member of the Dietetic Practice-Based Research Network Oversite Group. This oversight group was made a full Academy committee in 2014; Carol served as the first chair (2014-2015) of this new committee. Carol was featured in the Food & Nutrition Magazine as an Inspiring/Hero in the May-June 2016 Edition and has been selected for the Academy’s 2016 Excellence in Practice – Consultation & Business Award.

Melissa Dancer Brown, RDN

Director of Health Promotion

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Tallahassee, FL

Melissa is a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist and has worked in the arena of wellness and health promotion for over eighteen years. A native Floridian, Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, before completing a supervised practice internship in clinical nutrition at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland.

 Melissa is currently Director of Health Promotion with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system. Melissa currently leads and manages the design, execution and reporting of the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy, an Internal Revenue Service requirement for non-profit hospitals. Melissa’s scope also includes the overall development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programming and services including corporate wellness and community health outreach for TMH with a focus on strong, collaborative relationships and community partners.

Christine Hartney, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Chair, ACEND Board

Clinical Nutrition Manager

Ruch University Medical Center

Chicago, IL

Christine is the Chair for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). She has over 10 years of experience as a Program Reviewer for ACEND and previously served as the Dietetic Internship Program Representative on the ACEND Board. Christine is the Clinical Nutrition Manager and one of the Dietetic Internship Coordinators at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL where she manages a team of 34 FTE and works as part of the dietetic internship leadership team to manage 32 interns. As an internship coordinator, she oversees the food systems management supervised practice experience and helps recruit and support interns throughout the internship program.

Christine completed her BS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her dietetic internship and MS degree at Rush University Medical Center and Rush University. She has over 18 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings with a focus on oncology, neurocritical care, general neurology and general medicine patients. Her research interests include investigating issues with nutrition in stroke patients and quality improvement projects and she has been a part of a variety of research projects including inpatient diabetes education, knowledge of the National Dysphagia Diet, health literacy with diet education and food insecurity in hospitalized patients. Outside of involvement with ACEND, Christine has served as an expert panel member for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, Registered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Treasurer for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Lisa Abbay, RDN, LDN, FAND

Talent Acquistion Manager

Compass Group

Memphis, TN

Lisa is the Talent Acquisition Manager for Compass Group, USA, where she recruits key management and dietitian positions for healthcare, leading a team of 11 recruiters for Morrison Healthcare Foodservices.  She has 18 years of recruiting, human resources, healthcare, clinical and food service experience. She received the New Talent Recruiter of the Year Award from the Compass Group in 2016.

Lisa, most recently for 4 years, was the regional director of operations for Morrison Healthcare overseeing 40+ million in managed volume in TN & MS. She has been with Compass since 2006.

Lisa has held leadership positions at the state and local levels including treasurer of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and president of the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

She holds a BS in Human Sciences with an emphasis in Foods, and completed her dietetic internship and graduate studies in Nutrition at Mississippi State University.

*4.5 CEUs, approval from CDR for Dietitian/Nutritionists and Nutrition Dietetic Technicians

Taste of Orlando



Dear Potential Exhibitor,

I am pleased to offer you and your company an incredible opportunity to share in the mission of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND), “… in promoting optimal nutrition and health for all Floridians”.

FAND is proud to host its 2018 Florida Food and Nutrition Symposium at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, July 14-17th in celebration of its members, as well as the businesses, and community groups we serve and who so generously partner with us.

Please join us on Sunday, July 15th, from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm for a “Taste of Orlando” during the Grand Opening of our Expo, a fabulous evening filled with food, fun, entertainment, fellowship, and fundraising.

Participating in the FAND Expo is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your culinary, nutritional and healthy menu items to over 500 licensed and registered dietitian/nutritionists, many from Orlando and surrounding areas. This is your chance to highlight a signature dish and promote how it and your other menu items can fit into a healthy lifestyle. There is limited preparation and heating ability at the booth which includes;

  • One 8X10 interactive space with table, chairs and signage
  • Complimentary attendance for two representatives at the event
  • Logo with hyperlink to your company on FAND website for one month
  • Promotion in one E newsletter prior to the event                                  


Click here to reserve your booth.                         Booth price is $500 per booth  

To learn more about the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Click here.

We hope to see you at the expo!

Michelle Stewart, MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND

President, Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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Ways to Donate to FAND

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a member-driven association. You can support our efforts in many ways:

Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (FANDF)

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (FANDF) offers scholarships and stipends to Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members. They are awarded to further education, obtain certifications, gain leadership skills and involvement in professional activities. Your tax deductible donation can be directed toward a specific scholarship or may be used for general support of the Foundation. The specific scholarships include:

Sister Helen Marie Pellicer, RDN
The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Scholarship
Anne Brezina, MEd, RDN, LDN Dietetic Intern Scholarship
Clara Augustine, MS, RDN, LDN Public Health Scholarship
Gail P. A. Kauwell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND  Academic Excellence Scholarship



Member donations make it possible for us to support pro-nutrition candidates for state office and reach key congressional leaders. Contributions are voluntary and are NOT tax deductible. Federal law requires political action committees report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual. Federal law also prohibits political action committees from accepting corporate money. Therefore, checks from your business account cannot be accepted.


Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics General Fund

Donations will be used to support the ongoing work of the Florida Academy including our Advocacy Program to maintain and improve our licensure law, advance policy related to food and nutrition and conduct an annual Legislative Workshop; website enhancement to inform our members and the public about FAND current events, mini symposiums addressing “hot” topics in nutrition practice throughout the year; publication of our Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy, a nutrition resource used nationally; and the production of our quarterly newsletter, the FAND Focus, promoting member news and a means for outreach for our community partners, and the annual FAND Food and Nutrition Symposium.


Chef's Sponsorship

Dear Chef,

I’m excited to present an incredible fundraising event; a spectacular opportunity to showcase your culinary talent and highlight your restaurant to local foodies, wine enthusiasts, dietitians, gourmet food and beverage purveyors, and companies offering nutrition products to optimize health and wellness.

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) Soiree will be a unique tasting experience; a synergy of flavors not found in one restaurant alone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17th, at the beautifully appointed Allied Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom located at 3484 NE 12th Avenue, Oakland Park, FL 33334.

Guests will savor the most delectable dishes, created by a diverse group of South Florida’s all-star chefs, paired with a variety of wines selected to complement and enhance this gourmet experience. Decadent desserts and impressive raffle prizes will round out the evening. And, thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors, there will be NO COST to the chefs, restaurants, and/or catering companies participating in the event. FAND will provide each chef with their own “vignette” kitchen space in the Allied Kitchen & Bath Showroom where you will have the opportunity to entice guests with your tasty offerings; creating new customers before the night is through.

We are preparing to launch this event and we’d love to include your headshot, bio, and logo in all press releases, calendar event listings, and social media posts. Thank you for your time; I look forward to collaborating with you for the FAND Soiree.

Stacey Schrager
on behalf of Cynthia Wigutow MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, FAND President, Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

*All Soiree proceeds will support the ongoing activities and work of FAND, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, contributions are not tax deductible.


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