Leslie P. Schilling, MA, RD, CSSD, LDN
Nutrition Counselor & Consultant
What is your current position?
I am the owner and operator of Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC in Memphis, TN. My areas of expertise include disordered eating, sports nutrition, and weight management.
How did you get started?
As a teenager I was involved in many sports like track & field, gymnastics and cheerleading. As I entered college I realized the connection between fuel and performance which lead me to really love and enjoy my nutrition classes. My goal through college was to work with high-level athletes and help them maintain a competitive edge through nutrition. As I got further into my career, I was doing a lot of sports nutrition work and quickly realized that some of my athletes had greater issues than performance nutrition alone. One particular client set the stage for my career shift towards working more with disordered eating. I quickly obtained all the book knowledge I could, went to workshops and sought the assistance of other professionals working with eating disorders. Currently, I’m very fortunate to be a part of a supervision group with several local therapists which has been invaluable.
Advice to someone who’s interested in entering the field
My advice to someone entering the field is to work with professionals that do what you want to do. I have students now that are volunteering with me which could turn into more later for them. Go to conferences out of the realm of basic nutrition. Many of the most useful workshops I’ve been to were geared towards therapists and physicians. Now I’ll be pointing those who want to enter the field to this great new resource atwww.eatingdisorderjobs.com.