Sarah Gleason

Sarah Gleason, RD, LD, CEDRD


What is your current position? 

I am my own boss.  I have had a private practice for 10 years and work exclusively with people who have eating disorders.

How did you get started in your career? 

Just after graduation I just wanted a job.  For five years I did assorted work in hosptials; working on the ENT floor, Diabetes Self Management Training, Med/Surg floor etc.  I worked in a gym as their dietitian. I also worked in a nursing home as the food service administrator. None of those jobs fit me or my personality. I like to sit down and chat with clients.  It was quite difficult to do that right after a patient had a CABGx4! I moved to Tucson in 1999 and quickly found a job at Sierra Tucson a psychiatric rehab hospital, there were are about 10 beds dedicated to people with eating disorders diagnosis.  I fell in love with the job immediately. It was hard.  I had a very steep learning curve. I had to ask many questions.  But, it just felt right and I haven’t looked back since then.  Over the last 20 years I have worked in residential, either as a full-time RD or PRN, and I started my own office. In these last 10 years I dove head first into volunteering for local and national organizations which has been time consuming and such a learning experience. 

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 

  1. Get involved. Volunteer for local or national organizations that speak to you. The more people you meet the better your connections to getting your dream job.
  2. You will likely have more than one job that doesn’t suit your dreams.  That is what I hope for you. Those are the jobs where you will learn about yourself, your tenacity, your spirit. You will learn about you.
  3. When at a conference, ask a question to the speaker, even if there are 250 people in the room. Start it with “Hi, I am (fill in your name) from (city, state).” You will stand out from the crowd.
  4. Get a supervisor if you are working with or want to work with clients who have eating disorders.