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Provider Spotlight: Carly Smitherman, Dietitian

Carly Smitherman’s goal is to make a difference in people’s lives.

Carly SmithermanOne way she does this is by teaching interactive plant-based cooking classes and food demonstrations at Waterford Place. The registered dietitian nutritionist provides participants with ideas, substitutes and recipes to incorporate plant-based meals into their everyday diets.

“One of the biggest differences anyone can make is choosing to live a healthier lifestyle,” she says, and that’s especially important for cancer patients.

“Research has shown that eating a diet high in fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grain is linked to a reduced risk of specific cancers,” she says. “A diet high in plant-based foods and proper nutrition is vital to complement cancer treatments, aid in recovery, minimize unpleasant symptoms and improve overall quality of life.”

By presenting food demonstrations and cooking classes, Carly hopes participants will incorporate her teachings into their daily nutrition. “I feel blessed to be able to share my knowledge and passion of health and wellness with Waterford Place participants,” she says.

Interacting with clients is Carly’s favorite part of working at Waterford Place. She says the cooking classes are fun and everyone enjoys learning about and cooking with new foods. For now because of the pandemic, Carly’s cooking demonstrations and presentations are virtual. Still, she says each class or demonstration presents something different and unique.

Carly’s regular job is working as a program coordinator for a not-for-profit. When not working, she enjoys cooking and being creative in the kitchen. She also loves being adventurous and exploring the outdoors, riding bikes, hiking and doing yoga with her family. “Most of all, I love being a mother and spending time with my five-year-old daughter,” she says.

“I am so grateful to be a part of the Waterford team,” she says. “I am proud of the impact that it has made on so many lives and just feel honored to be able to contribute.”