MIGs Panel Discussion on Support for RDs and RDs-To-Be

Presentation Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CST

Moderator: Tina Lam, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - IAND's Diversity Liaison 

Join IAND’s Diversity Liaison and 4 panelists, who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member Interest Groups (MIGs), as they discuss their journey of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Coming from various backgrounds, they’ll cover barriers and solutions they’ve found helpful along the way. You won’t want to miss this session full of wonderful stories, tips, and nuggets of wisdom sprinkled in. If you haven’t already, we highly suggest you consider joining an MIG or multiple MIGs at the next AND member renewal cycle starting June 1, 2021. You too can enjoy the benefits of friendship, networking, leadership, scholarship, community and so much more!

  • CPEU: 1.25

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the journey of an RD.
2. Discuss barriers RDs have faced and how to overcome them.
3. Review support/resources available to RDs and RDs-to-be.
4. Identify benefits of joining an MIG.

Performance Indicators
  • 3.1.1 Identifies strengths and opportunities for self-improvement and improvement in others.
  • 3.2.2 Participates in professional and personal development activities for career growth and skill enhancement.
  • 4.2.1 Identifies potential or real problems, issues or challenges.


Aarti Batavia MS, RDN, CLT, CFSP, IFMCP

Aarti is serving as the Past Chair of Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics (IND) Membership Interest Group (MIG) and Connecting Educators Chair for DIFM. She is the owner of Nutrition and Wellness Consulting LLC. Aarti is an IFM certified practitioner and has been trained by the research neurologist and author Dr. Dale Bredesen himself to implement “The Bredesen Protocol” utilizing the systems biology approach taken by Functional Medicine. She has been awarded the Michigan Dietetic Association Institutional (MDAI) scholarship for her scholastic achievements and leadership in community activities. Aarti received the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award during FNCE, Oct 2020 from the Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics MIG. She is a published author and has contributed a chapter “Developing Interventions to address Priorities: Food, Dietary Supplements, Lifestyle, and Referrals,” in the new functional medicine textbook entitled Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy. Aarti holds a master’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics from Mumbai, India, and a Coordinated Program in Dietetics from Wayne State University, Michigan. Aarti is a life-long learner, enjoys hikes and travel as well as creating fusion recipes.

June M. Thompson, RDN, FAND

June has been a member of NOBIDAN for the past 10 years, serving as the chair of the mentoring committee and is currently a Renal Dietitian with Fresenius Kidney Care for the past 31 years and also as a consultant for Family Affair Care Group, Inc which provides service to adults with intellectual disabilities. During her career, Mrs. Thompson taught a variety of classes in nutrition at N. C. A&T State University (it should be noted that Mrs. Thompson is a proud alumna of N.C. A&T State University, having obtained her BS in Home Economics with a specialty in Clinical Nutrition in 1979, and her MS in Foods and Nutrition in 1984, respectively). Mrs. Thompson was voted Dietitian of the year in 1996 by the National Kidney Foundation. She is also very involved with North Carolina Counsel of Renal Nutrition, other local and community organizations, in her opinion; nutrition is not just a job, but a type of "ministry"; as well. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing him or herself first”. As we all know what we eat and how we take care of ourselves is crucial to a long and healthy life time which allows us to share our knowledge with others. In her personal life, she is married to Tony L. Thompson for 38 years. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Kenya Danielle and Tony Lee II. She is a lifelong resident of Greensboro, a proud North Carolinian and is currently working with the Guilford County commissioners on a food distribution project to ease food insecurity in the community.

Janice Chow, MS, RD

Janice is a San Francisco Bay Area-based Registered Dietitian, recognized nutrition expert, author and speaker. Through her private practice The Mindful Chow, she empowers Asians to break their cultural obsession with thinness using the Health At Every Size ™ approach and seek mind-body health. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley before completing her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition at Tufts University. Janice has 8 years of experience in clinical nutrition, community wellness and nutrition education promoting cultural competencies. She has been an active volunteer in the dietetics field, serving for the former Chinese American Dietitians group and currently as an Executive Committee member for Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Member Interest Group. She has been a preceptor for clinical rotations and a mentor for Diversify Dietetics. Janice's writing and expertise have been featured in numerous publications, media outlets and podcasts including WellSeek, Good Housekeeping, MSN, Mx. Asian American, and many more. Lastly, she has been a speaker for several Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics webinars sharing about food, culture and social factors that impact healthcare in Asian Pacific Islander populations.

Aurora Buffington, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Aurora Buffington is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Reno Extension in Clark County where she serves as a Public Health Nutrition Specialist. Her work is focused on transforming the food system into one that promotes health, sustainability, and resilience. Aurora graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with degrees in Nutrition Science, Exercise Physiology, and Public Health. Aurora is the past president of the Nevada Dietetic Association, chairs the Southern Nevada Food Council, and serves on the Nevada Council on Food Security. Aurora teaches fitness classes at her local recreation center and enjoys sharing good food and good times with friends and family, including her husband and four grown sons.