Highlighting Our Incredible VAND Members!
Stephanie Mull, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Interviewed by: Kristen Chang MS, RDN, CSSD
Stephanie, what is your current position of employment? My primary role is as the Weight Management and Sports Dietitian at George Washington University (GWU) in the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab, which is designed 100% to work with the community. The focus of my work is in using DEXA scans, a metabolic cart and other scientific methods to gather data to create personalized weight management plans for clients. I work with a wide variety of clientele from children and adolescents to adults to athletes.
I also serve as adjunct faculty for GWU and American University in Washington DC. My final role is as the co-founder of the Miller Method. I partner with Todd Miller, the lab director at GWU, who is an exercise physiologist. Our ultimate goal is to change weight management practices – we want everyone to approach weight management using metabolism and body composition data to support optimal fat loss.
What inspired you to join the field of dietetics? I am a graduate of James Madison University. When I started, I did not declare a major. I knew I was interested in health and healthcare but didn’t know what I wanted to do until I met with the dean of the college my freshman year. He talked through the different major choices and when he described dietetics as a science-based nutrition practice, I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do.
What is the best thing about being a part of VAND? It’s all about the connections, networking and collaboration with RDNs in the different areas of dietetics. To be able to pool resources and bounce ideas off each other is very exciting. The field is fun but also challenging in many ways and it’s extremely valuable to be able to stay connected. It’s great for students and interns to be able to connect with experienced RDNs in various fields. Helping them tap into their passion, find their path, teaching and guiding them is insanely valuable.
Tell us something surprising about yourself! I enjoy many things that a dietitian probably shouldn’t love. Whiskey and cinnamon rolls are my two favorite things on the planet. I make them from home but not often enough! I also enjoy experimenting with new types of whiskey.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work? I love to spend time and connect with my two boys. Aside from that, I enjoy embracing new challenges. I live close to the Appalachian Trail and enjoy exploring new trails. I also participate in trapeze and trapeze flying classes at the Trapeze School of New York in Washington DC. The true challenge of the class is to shut off my brain because I have no choice but to focus on what I am doing in the moment. I want to try axe throwing. Anything new and adventurous!
What is your most exciting event planned for 2020? I’m primarily excited for the growth of the Miller Method Company and to teach other RDNs about what we do. This means getting educational modules online, connecting with other dietitians and sharing the data we’ve gathered in our lab. I had the opportunity to present at FNCE in 2018 and the feedback I received was overwhelming – especially seeing how much people wanted to learn. I want to reach as many people as I can to teach the importance of using scientific methods to craft nutrition plans for people.
Thank you to Stephanie for being such an important part of our profession!