Ursula Ridens

Ursula Ridens, RD
Nutrition Therapist and President/Owner of Ursula Ridens, RD Inc.

How did you get started in your career? 
My vision of having flexibility with my work schedule, being my own boss, and being able to make executive decisions mixed with my interest in health and nutrition is what got me started in my career as a private practice dietitian. However, this is not where I started out. I climbed the ladder through clinical and outpatient dietitian positions through a local hospital and gradually built my private practice simultaneously. As far as my specialty area…I developed an interest in the field of eating disorders in college and began researching on the topic and networking with professionals. I’d have to say that knowing my passion (helping clients develop a more peaceful relationship with eating and their body) is what has allowed me to build my business successfully.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
My #1 piece of advice is to share your passion and work interests with others. By this I mean talk about what you aspire to do, network with other professionals (both those in your field of choice and those outside of the field), perhaps volunteer your time or shadow a professional to gain experience in your area of interest. This might mean stepping out of your comfort zone. Believe that you can achieve anything!

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