Amy Mendez, MPH, RD, LD is a Sodexo dietitian with the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program, a multidisciplinary program of the Heart and Vascular Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. She provides nutrition counseling to individuals that want to learn how to change their eating habits to either prevent or treat heart and vascular disease. She works alongside physicians and nurse practitioners in the outpatient clinics as well as part of the team in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program for those recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery. She has earned a reputation among her referring providers for providing personalized, but evidence-based guidance to her patients in a supportive and understanding manner.
In her 15 years of outpatient nutrition counseling, Amy has focused her efforts on cardiovascular nutrition. After completing both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she moved to Charleston, SC. First working with hospitalized patients and then outpatients with heart disease, she quickly learned that she had found her “niche.” Since then, she has attended nationwide conferences to stay abreast with the latest evidence on nutrition therapy for hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. In 2007 she obtained her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.
One of her first projects after joining the MUSC team in 2008 was to re-write the “Nutrition Guide” a comprehensive manual provided to patients of the Heart and Vascular Center. Expanding the guide from 50 pages to 72 and completely updating the cholesterol, nutrition and exercise guidelines was a overdue task, but is now used throughout the system and by the Marketing department at community events.
Amy particularly enjoys public speaking and is frequently asked to speak to community groups of all sizes. Since coming to MUSC, she’s been a recurring speaker at the Women’s Heart Health Symposium—a day-long conference for 500 local women who come to hear about heart disease treatment and prevention. She also speaks on cardiovascular nutrition for medical professionals at continuing education conferences as well as medical students enrolled at MUSC. She has appeared on various local television stations promoting events for MUSC and the American Heart Association. She is known for her excellent customer service and has been mentioned in the Department of Medicine’s newsletter on multiple occasions in the “Excellent Comments” section. In 2011, she won the Charleston Trident Dietetic Association’s “Outstanding Dietetic Educator” award for her work with the Dietetic Interns that train at MUSC.