Mary Olshefski, 2015
DSC employee since August 1995
Degrees and schools where awarded: M.S. in Clinical Nutrition and Graduate Dietetic Internship in Clinical Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center; B.S. in Food and Nutrition, Florida State University
Career/Professional honors: I am a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.
Outside interests: Boating, fishing, scuba diving, collecting shells (You can never have too many.), yoga, downhill skiing (Still learning.), container gardening and Riley, my chocolate lab.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was the health fitness dietitian at Halifax Medical Center’s Health and Fitness Center for 9.5 years. I performed nutrition assessments, developed nutrition care plans, and counseled patients/athletes on diet and lifestyle changes. I worked closely with exercise physiologists and cardiovascular nurses in the hospital, rehabilitation and fitness center setting, and provided public speaking services for numerous business and civic groups on behalf of the hospital.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Currently, I am working with the Faculty Innovation Center, making short videos that feature our student athletes demonstrating how to make easy, healthful meals to fuel performance, promote muscle recovery and build immunity. These videos focus on how to translate the nutrition science we learn in the classroom into practical fueling options for all students.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? When students stop by and tell me how Nutrition and Health/Wellness classes have changed their lives for the better and how they feel it was one of the most important classes they took at DSC. So many students over the years have been successful with significant weight loss, smoking cessation, being able to get off blood pressure or diabetes meds, achieving their sports performance goals, and even going on to become registered dietitians.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Developing more of a focus on Integrative Nutrition.
In life? To remember to practice gratitude every day and to live in the moment.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Q Tip: Quit taking it personally.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I am crazy about lowriders, particularly convertible Impalas from the 1960s!
Last book read: “Memory Man” by David Baldaci