As we celebrate National Nutrition month, each week we will spotlight a member of our wonderful Food Service staff here at Arbutus.
This week we get to know our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Andrea Criswell!
Tell us a little about yourself: I moved to the area in grade school when my family moved from New York. I have two daughters and have been teaching at Penn Highlands Community College since 1997.
When did you join the team here at Arbutus? I started at Arbutus 9 years ago after working at another facility.
What is your role here at Arbutus? As the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I am responsible for the nutrition assessments for approximately 140 residents, which is done every three months, so about 20 per week. I also teach internal in-service for our staff along with other trainings, and monitoring our food quality. I am responsible for government compliance and paperwork for reimbursement.
What is your favorite thing about being at Arbutus? I enjoy getting to know residents, making sure they are pleased, and making a difference in their quality of life the best that I am able.
How did you get into the food service industry? In High School I always liked science, chemistry, biology, and along with cooking with my mom, it seemed like a good blend of everything.
What is your favorite meal? I love Italian food, and dark chocolate!
What is your least favorite meal? Probably liver, but my daughter recently went to college and her roommate eats a lot of SPAM. So I had to explain what that is.
When you aren’t at Arbutus, what do you like to do? I like spending time with my church, yoga, spending time with my daughters, and reading. I like to read a wide variety of things, especially biographies and historical books.
If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be? Mother Teresa, because she inspires me to take better care of people.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Hawaii, I’ve always wanted to go to the beach there, a ‘happy place.’
Finish this sentence: The Best Thing in Life is: my faith and my family.