Sayner, RD

MA Sustainability '21

Registered Dietitian

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with over 11 years of healthcare experience in clinical, community, and outpatient settings. Proven ability to provide the highest level of health services while remaining current with the latest research. Knowledgeable in related aspects of: research, diabetes, health promotion and disease prevention, group and individual counseling, program development and facilitation, and stages of change.

Interests include: sustainable food systems/food security, regenerative agriculture, and program implementation.


Harmony Ridge Farms

Farm Intern

Oct 2020 – Present (7 mos)

Tobaccoville, North Carolina, United States

Obtain soil samples for nutrient analysis on a sustainable farm. Promote and sell products at local farmer's market. Assist with the inspection, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops. Weed and thin crops, pack CSA boxes, load/unload harvested products.

Legacy Health

5 yrs 6 mos

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center | Legacy Health

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation


May 2019 – Jun 2020 (1 yr 2 mos)

Gresham, Oregon

Provided nutrition lectures, individual nutrition counseling, monitored patient's exercise programs including heart rate, rhythm, and oxygen responses, assisted with proper medication usage, and instructed patients to follow a healthy lifestyle to strengthen cardiovascular/pulmonary systems and prevent further cardiac/pulmonary issues.

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center | Legacy Health

Outpatient Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator


May 2016 – May 2019 (3 yrs 1 mo)

Gresham, Oregon

Coordinated and facilitated diabetes prevention program, mentored/assisted with the implementation of new diabetes prevention programs at other facilities, evaluated nutrition status of patients, covered inpatient diabetes educator/provided diabetes education in the hospital, offered individualized nutrition and diet education (prediabetes/diabetes/gestational diabetes, weight management, epileptic/ketogenic, renal, cardiac, gastrointestinal, malnutrition) glucometer and insulin teaching, continuous glucose monitor placement, conducted malnutrition physical assessments, reviewed labs, recommended oral nutritional supplements, discussed plan of care with medical providers, taught cardiac and pulmonary nutrition classes, maintained current multi-language patient education materials.

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center | Legacy Health

Clinical Dietitian


Jan 2015 – May 2016 (1 yr 5 mos)

Vancouver, Washington

Evaluated nutrition status of patients, conducted malnutrition physical assessments, reviewed labs, recommended oral nutritional supplements, prescribed total parental nutrition and tube feeding recommendations, discussed plan of care with medical providers, provided nutrition and diet education (diabetes, gestational diabetes, weight management, renal, cardiac, gastrointestinal, malnutrition), taught cardiac and pulmonary mindful eating classes, maintained current patient education materials, participated in journal club presentations, conferred with fellow dietitians, worked with diet aides to assist with menu preferences, placed outpatient dietitian referrals.

Fit For Life Exercise Center

Dietitian Consultant, Gym Attendant


Jul 2014 – Nov 2015 (1 yr 5 mos)

West Linn, Oregon

Developed nutrition and fitness seminar presentations, created client education materials, provided nutrition/weight management consultations, promoted fitness and wellness programs, customized nutrition plans, encouraged and coached clients, greeted and assisted customers with enrollment and billing questions, ensured accurate documentation of client appointments and significant events, managed incoming calls, assisted supervisors and staff with additional needs.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dietetic Intern


Aug 2013 – May 2014 (10 mos)

St. Louis, Missouri

Research Experience: Outcome-based research focused on the results of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention weight programs, Administrative research project resulted in waste-reduction recommendations to save Food Service Administration approx. $1,000 per month, data analysis from Patient Satisfaction Surveys resulted in improved patient care and decreased waste, Quality Improvement research led to new program implementation recommendations for homeless veterans.

Counseling Skills: Utilized motivational interviewing, teach-back method, and behavior change strategies through in-person and phone consultations to provide recommendations to over 320 patients regarding diabetes, cardiac, weight loss, and additional health issues.

Teaching Skills: Taught nutrition, weight management, diabetes, physical activity, lifestyle changes, and healthy eating courses at workplace wellness sites and through in-class group, individual, and Clinical Video Telehealth, led Cooking Matters classes for children, teens, and adults.

Education Development/Community Outreach: Developed and marketed health-promotion tables, created low literacy nutrition and activity materials, developed wellness-related monthly newsletters for patient education, updated staff work wellness website, proficient with low-literacy rating tools.

Clinical Experience: Worked as staff relief in long-term care and rehabilitation facility, developed patient care plans, charted electronic and paper records, MDS submissions, participated in wound and multi-disciplinary rounds for patient care decisions, altered patient diets, performed nutrient analysis, analyzed data, case study presentation, submitted managerial reports.

Specialization Experience: Worked with clients in: Cardiology, Psychiatric/Substance Abuse, Pediatrics, Women, Infants and Children, Nutrition Support, Spinal Cord Injury, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Renal, Outpatient, Home-Based Primary Care, Geriatrics, Hospice, Rehabilitation.

Sunflower Farm Preschool

Farm Assistant


May 2013 – Aug 2013 (4 mos)

Putney, Vermont

Performed maintenance through weeding, gardening, and planting. Educated children about nutrition and health through gardening and outdoor activities.


Wake Forest University

Master of Arts - MA in Sustainability

2020 – 2021

Marylhurst University

Master of Science - MS in Food Systems and Society

2014 – 2016

University of New Hampshire

Bachelor of Science - BS in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Cum Laude

2011 – 2013

Licenses & Certifications

Path to Positive Communities

Charlotte Mecklenburg Climate Ambassador

Issued Oct 2020 (No Expiration Date)

Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center

National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach

Issued Mar 2016 (No Expiration Date)

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Issued Apr 2017 (Expires Dec 2022)

ID 21700295

Commission on Dietetic Registration

Registered Dietitian

Issued Jun 2014 (Expires Aug 2021)

ID 1061898

The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition

Licensed Dietitian

Issued Jul 2020 (Expired Mar 2021)

ID L006170