Jessica Masterson, RDN, CDE, CDN, with Buffalo Nutrition and Dietetics, has an office within our practice administering nutritional counseling. In her words:
"My greatest strength is my passion for helping patients by providing them with the education and knowledge to optimize their health. I take pride in my ability to be empathetic and listen to patients; paying special attention to their motivational level and readiness to change.
I graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. During my time at Buffalo State I gained 1100+ clinical experience hours integrating classroom knowledge into practice developing and monitoring nutrition care plans for patients with a variety of conditions. I spent time at Buffalo General Hospital,
Erie Community Medical Center and Women and Children’s Hospital with community experiences at Women Infants and Children, Erie County Office of the Aging, Meals on Wheels and AIDS Community Services.
In 2008 I completed a four week senior practicum internship at Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont. Green Mountain is a health resort retreat, focused on helping women implement life style changes to facilitate weight loss.
Prior to Buffalo State I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. My background in culinary arts and education in nutrition sciences allows me to bring the practicalities and sciences of healthy eating together in a way that most benefits clients and patients.
I passed the dietetics registration exam in August 2008 and became a Registered Dietitian (RD). In 2013 after obtaining 1000+ hours of professional practice in diabetes education I sat for and passed the examination to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
I began my career at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where I worked as an inpatient and outpatient dietitian. I provided care to patients in the ICU, the surgical unit, telemetry unit and on the adult mental health unit. In addition to spending time on all of the nursing units I also worked in the Diabetes & Endocrinology Center and the Metabolic & Bariatric Services program. I coordinated and instructed group education as well as individual one on one counseling. All of these roles gave me the opportunity to effectively work in partnership with a variety of health care team members, patients and patient families to provide the most effective care for the patient.
In the Diabetes & Endocrinology Center I proved individual and group diabetes and nutrition education. I coordinated a monthly Living with Diabetes Class and promoted health in the community. As a member of the Metabolic & Bariatric Services program I provided weight loss education and pre and post-operative nutrition education.
During this time I also worked as a cooking/nutrition instructor at Top’s Cooking School. I developed menus and recipes for bi-monthly based cooking classes. I instructed participants on healthy cooking techniques, tips on healthy eating and the nutritional benefits of the ingredients utilized.
As an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College Food and Nutrition department I instructed the lab section for the Food Preparation class and Applied Food Chemistry for nutrition majors.
More recently I worked as a clinical specialist on the sales team at Roche Diabetes Care the makers of Accu-Check products. I had the opportunity to work closely with health care providers and patients to optimize their health and diabetes control. I provided insulin pump, glucometer and bolus advice training in addition to nutrition and diabetes education.
As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian and type 1 diabetic I have a passion for helping people optimize their health and maintain their blood sugars. I can provide nutrition education and meal plans that promote healthy blood glucose levels, assist in diabetes related device use (insulin pumps, glucometers, bolus advisors and continues glucose monitors) and educate on medication use.
I am focused on providing patients with the tools and resources to gain and maintain control of health through education, device use, medication and nutrition. I can effectively collaborate with patients, healthcare providers and industry professionals to best meet the needs of the patient and the goals of the health care provider.
Nutrition and our relationship with food is the cornerstone of a healthy and happy lifestyle. My desire is to help people understand the importance of nutrition and the impact it has on their lives."
Credentialed by the Commission On Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)
Certified through the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)