Member Spotlight

Highlighting Our Incredible VAND Members!

Keya Dunford, BS, RD

Keya, what is your current position of employment? Currently, I am working at Lewis Gale Medical Center as a Clinical Dietitian. My primary focus in this position is intensive care/nutrition support and inpatient oncology. 

What inspired you to join the field of dietetics? I came from a small town with very limited knowledge of nutrition. I took an introduction to nutrition course early in college and became intrigued instantly. I knew I wanted to work in health care, and nutrition seemed like the perfect fit. I thought it would be so inspiring to take all of this information to help make a difference for others, especially through medical nutrition therapy.

What is the best thing about being a part of VAND? I enjoy networking opportunities with people who share the same interests that I have. Learning from these peers helps me become a better nutrition professional.

Tell us something surprising about yourself! Running is one of my favorite things! I have completed seven marathons, three 50ks, a double marathon and am currently training for my first trail 50 mile race. 

What are your favorite things to do outside of work? When I am not working, you will typically find me outside. I am often running, hiking, kayaking, and camping. My 6 year old dog, Duke, is also often involved, as well as my husband (unless it’s running, then he proudly supports from the sidelines). I also love to travel anywhere new!

What is your most exciting event planned for 2021? I am looking forward to having more opportunities to travel and race in 2021 as well as spending time with family/friends. I hope to continue growing my skills in clinical nutrition and working with the interdisciplinary team. This year, more than ever, I am thankful for every new adventure and plan to find something positive in every day. 

Thank you to Keya for being such an important part of our profession!