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Dietitian Spotlight: Maya Feller

1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a registered dietitian and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition. I see patients in a private setting, facilitate group lectures and have the pleasure and honor of appearing in the media, both on national TV and in print. With my patients, my focus areas are related to risk reduction and management of diet related chronic illness. Before starting my private practice, I established a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene funded Food and Nutrition Service program at a community based organization in south east Brooklyn. It was there that I learned to listen to, counsel, appreciate and advocate for the diverse health and nutrition related needs of low income New Yorkers. I strongly believe that my work in the community has deeply informed my work as a dietitian and has truly allowed me to meet every patient where they are so that I may work to find a culturally sensitive individualized plan and intervention.  
2. What’s your favorite part about being a dietitian? 
I am a people person. I love meeting people, listening to their stories and connecting with them. My work allows me just that. In my practice, patients come in and share their nutrition journey. It’s a space where I learn from each interaction. In my media work, I strive to tap into and understand what’s happening throughout the nation regarding nutrition and health. I look to clinical experience as well as current research to find an honest way of sharing understandable health and nutrition related information.
3. Describe what your typical week looks like? 
A typical week encompasses the following but is not limited to: making breakfast, lunch and snack each morning for my kids before they head off to school, going for a run or to the Y, seeing patients and working on their follow ups, meeting my writing partner, working on comments for news articles and possibly preparing for or appearing on a TV segment. 
4. How do you find balance between work & personal?
First, I must say it’s not ever perfect. I try to be flexible yet structured. I have scheduled my week in such a way where I see patients and leave specific time for follow up / paperwork. I do my best not to work once my family is home and carve out weekend time. Intentional physical activity is very important, so I make and take space for that multiple times per week.
5. What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
I love so many foods, but I would have to say my absolute favorite is shell fish, followed by fresh veggies followed by coffee (is coffee even a food?! I have two cups each morning and couldn’t imagine it any other way).

Maya, thank you so much for contributing to the spotlight! If you want to learn more about Maya, check her out on Maya Feller Nutrition, and make sure you follow her on the gram! 

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