Manju Karkare


I did my Bec in Food and Nutrition from SNDT University, Pune, India and traveled to Lexington, KY (University of Kentucky) for my master’s degree. I have worked in a variety of areas of Dietetics including acute care, oncology clinic, community nutrition and occupational health and wellness and am now in private practice for the last 8 years. Shifting from acute care to outpatient, I revamped my skillset with the Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management and did continuing education in Motivational Interviewing. Upon entering private practice and encountering a lot of clients with food sensitivities, I became a Certified LEAP Therapist. With the help of the Academy’s many Dietetics Practice Groups offering continuing education I keep up with the continuing education. My private practice focuses on weight management and integrative and functional nutrition in chronic disease management.

Arriving as an immigrant with no financial resources, I had to take a gap year, work small jobs, save some money and work really hard to acquire teaching /research assistantship before I could embark on my Master’s plan. After working for several years, getting involved in the professional organization also seemed challenging as a lot of times, it seemed like a popularity contest. Although, I did not give up and continued to get involved in whatever I could. All of us have to keep an open mind. Many times our experiences have formed our perspective and we have to be willing to participate in or listen to different experiences. Education is key. Making educational opportunities equitable is the challenge. As there is not just one person or one organization responsible. It has to be systemic and it will take years if not decades. We have to persevere, make our voices heard by getting involved. By creating a diverse workforce, we will be able to meet the needs of the diverse population of this world.

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