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NEHP Live Webinar: Curtains Up! Using Medical Improvisation to Promote Empathetic Communication Skills


Jun 17, 2020 12:47 PM

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Kyle L. Thompson
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition @Appalachian State University
Dr. Kyle Thompson, DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC, is Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition at Appalachian State University. Dr. Thompson earned her Master of Science in Nutrition from East Carolina University, and her Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. From 2010 – 2017, she directed Appalachian State University's Combined Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program. Dr. Thompson's research is focused on rural public health nutrition, applications of clinical nutrition in public health nutrition settings, and the use of simulation in the training of future nutrition professionals. She has published a variety of scholarly papers, and has presented at meetings including the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) 2013, 2014, 2015; the National Rural Health Association National Conference (2018, 2019), and the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2019).
Sonja K. Stetzler, MA, RDN, LDN, CPC
Founder/principal @Effective Connecting
Sonja Kassis Stetzler received her M.A. in Organizational Communication from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her B.S. in Dietetics from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is the founder/principal of Effective Connecting, a consultancy that develops her clients’ communication skills to ensure their success in the workplace. Sonja has several decades’ worth of experience in food service management, sales, education, and executive coaching. She has been trained by Second City in their Applied Improvisation program and in Medical Improv at Northwestern University in Chicago. She published in the Spring 2019 issue of “Topics in Clinical Nutrition” highlighting research they conducted utilizing applied medical improvisation exercises to improve empathetic communication skills in nutrition and dietetic students. She is certified as an Executive Coach through Queens University’s certificate program.