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Haley started RDRx Nutrition in 2014. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on RDRx Nutrition?
I have always been a strong-willed, hard-working, and sometimes stubborn person.
I’m definitely “The Achiever” on the enneagram test, so working for myself has been a great change for the most part. I stand up for what I believe in, especially when it comes to patient care.
After graduating with a Master’s degree in dietetics, completing a 2-year-long internship process and taking a huge exam I was so excited to start my career. My dream job (so I thought) was to be an intensive care unit dietitian, because I felt it would be challenging and rewarding.
Hospitals and most government agencies required Registered Dietitians to work in these settings because “nutritionist” can be a self-proclaimed titled without any education or credentialing. At first, the hospital was an exciting place to work but after a year or so I felt like I wasn’t making the difference I had envisioned because I wasn't able to build relationships with my patients.
Clinical jobs are very common for new graduates because you can get a ton of experience working with different disease states. I had no idea if patients were understanding what diet changes they needed to make because I wouldn't see them after they were discharged from the hospital.
I had no idea opening a private practice was an option until I started seeing a few other dietitians doing it on social media. I obsessed over owning a counseling practice for about 6 months and did as much research as I possibly could before creating a website and filing for an LLC.
I was so excited to design a system where I could see my clients succeed and achieve their health goals. I wanted to have clients tell me they were ready to make changes vs. “I’m here because my doctor told me I need to eat better”. I knew I could help people reduce their medications, lose weight, become more active and actually have them sustain their habits.
However, I had just added another set of credentials to my name and got a bonus at work making it very difficult to make the jump into entrepreneurship. I saved for another 6 months to make sure I would be okay with a smaller salary. It took a few other annoying things at work to happen (nurses sending gossip emails and not being able to follow-up with patients) before I finally called it quits!
My idea of customized nutrition stemmed from flaws I saw in the current healthcare system. People who are ready to change want specific advice and counseling unique to their needs not just a quick visit and nutrition handout. Creating meal plans has been a great tool and way to educate as well.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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