“Immaculata prepared me well for the field of nutrition and dietetics. I not only gained a strong foundation in the field of nutrition, but other highly needed skills such as writing, public speaking and critical thinking. Because of the demanding course work and practicum experience, I was able to obtain an internship after graduation, then go on to use the skills I learned at Immaculata to be an effective clinical dietitian, clinical manager, counselor, and teacher.” —Patti Skahan '83, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N., Nutrition Consultant
Skahan works in private practice counseling clients with a variety of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and those with weight control issues. She also counsels athletes, helping them fuel for optimal performance. Skahan consults with AREUFIT Health Services, Inc. providing nutrition seminars for the community and local corporations. She volunteers at the St. Agnes Nurses Center in West Chester, counseling those with various health issues. Skahan is an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata University and Eastern University.
"Immaculata University did a great job of preparing me for obtaining a dietetic internship and all of the hard work that goes with completing a program. Immaculata always enforced the essentials needed to secure an internship and they were: (1) keep up your grades and GPA; (2) have dietetic work and/or volunteer experience; and (3) have leadership experiences. While at Immaculata, I was president of the Student Dietetic Association, vice president of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and a student ambassador. I won the Pennsylvania’s Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Outstanding Dietetic Student Award. While studying at Immaculata, I volunteered with the Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center in the department of food and nutrition and I was also a food service assistant and PM diet clerk with Main Line Health’s Paoli Hospital. After completing my dietetic internship, I would like to pursue a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition." —Kareemah Parker '15, dietetic intern and graduate student
Parker earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Psychology. In her dietetic internship, she will be completing rotations in foodservice management, clinical, long-term care, outpatient wellness, school nutrition, and WIC.
"Immaculata's Didactic Program in Dietetics was the perfect platform to start working towards my dream job in sports nutrition. Thanks to hands-on exposure to the many facets of nutrition and the help of the truly dedicated faculty at Immaculata, I was able to attend graduate school immediately after finishing my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. I completed my M.S. in Nutrition with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition last May and have since become a registered dietitian and started a year-long fellowship with the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) in Park City, UT. My role as the culinary nutrition fellow at the USSA combines my background in culinary arts and sports nutrition. My time at Immaculata University gave me the courage and faith to set my professional goals high, and because of that, I now get to spend every day helping Olympic athletes do the same." —Megan Chacosky '13, Sports Nutrition Intern and Culinary Nutrition Fellow for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA)
While a student at Immaculata, Chacosky was recognized as Pennsylvania's Outstanding Dietetic Student. In addition to working with the USSA, she works with the Utah/Nevada Dairy Council Chocolate Milk Refuel Team as well as the Dairy Council's Fuel Up to Play 60 school-based nutrition and physical activity program. She recently started providing nutrition education and healthy cooking demos for various fire station crews in the Salt Lake area, and she looks forward to beginning her work with the dietitian for the University of Utah's athletes.
"Throughout the Philadelphia area it is hard to find a hospital that does not employee a registered dietitian who did not start out as an Immaculata student. Now, 38 years later, I am the assistant director of the Dietetic Internship program and enjoy sharing all I have experienced throughout my years as a registered dietitian with each new class of interns.” —Debra Shadle '77, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N., assistant director of Immaculata's Dietetic Internship program
Shadle has worked in hospitals as a clinical dietitian and food service manager. She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in home health care and outpatient counseling. Prior to coming back to Immaculata, she worked as a regional coordinator for the Pasco County Health Department dietetic internship in West Palm Beach, FL.
"Immaculata University has provided me with the foundations to excel in my career as a registered dietitian. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to complete my undergraduate degree, dietetic internship and graduate degree through IU. With the morals and values impressed upon me during my education, I have been able to accomplish many exciting things, including being a preceptor and shadowing site for current IU students." —Danielle Kronmuller '10, '13 M.A., R.D., L.D.N.
Kronmuller works as the Food and Nutrition Services Director/Clinical Dietitian for a long-term care facility in Chester County, PA. She was selected to serve with the regional Culinary and Nutrition Council program for her cooperation.