Ashleigh Ricevuto, RD, LD, CDE is a Sodexo Clinical Dietitian in Inpatient Diabetes Management and Outpatient Prenatal Wellness. In this role, Ashleigh is able to provide one-on-one counseling to patients with uncontrolled blood sugars. She specializes in educating patients following a new diagnosis of diabetes and provides guidance to patients who show signs of poor weight gain or excessive weight gain during their pregnancies.
Ashleigh completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Science work in Nutrition with a Minor in Marketing at Syracuse University in New York. She was also a staff writer for Healthy You at SU, the Syracuse University Health Magazine. After completing her Dietetic Internship at MUSC, Ashleigh joined the MUSC staff in 2008. Here in Charleston, Ashleigh has worked with the Diabetes Management Service (DMS) to help MUSC gain the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. This certification helps to distinguish MUSC as a center of excellence for inpatient diabetes care.
Ashleigh created a wellness program for the Corporate Services Division of Sodexo within the “Your Health Your Way" (YHYW) program. This program features twelve themed presentations, one for each month, discussing topics like: Diabetes Prevention, Smart Goal Setting, and Whole Grains. These presentations are available to all Corporate Services Division Registered Dietitians to use when educating Sodexo clients about healthy wellness practices.
Recently, Ashleigh was also asked to participate in the development of the Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART), a program to help Sodexo accounts measure their unit’s overall impact on sustainability. Ashleigh helped to edit and produce a SMART toolbox which unit managers will use to measure their success in sustainability. She also created a “Best Practices” handout to help unit managers increase their overall SMART score. This handout highlights specific areas identified by the Sodexo Wellness Council as areas that need to be improved for an account to be considered sustainable.
Along with working at MUSC, Ashleigh is currently earning her Masters of Business Administration from The Citadel. She plans to graduate from the MBA program in May 2012. Just this past summer, as part of that coursework, Ashleigh was able to make use of her knowledge of food, nutrition and marketing by completing a study abroad program entitled “Doing Business in the European Union”. During a week- long trip to Europe with her Citadel class, Ashleigh visited two US Embassy locations and traveled to multiple businesses in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. Her successful thesis paper was titled “Food Safety, Food Regulations, and the Use of Genetically Modified Foods in the European Union”.
Ashleigh has published an article with her MUSC colleagues Cecilia Freeman and Dr. Mark Delegge entitled “Enteral Nutrition in Patients with Dementia” written in the Current Opinion in Gastroenterology for March 2010. Ashleigh has also written an article called “Making Smart Choices for ‘Fast’ Food” in the Post and Courier for December 2007. Currently, Ashleigh is actively involved on the Mentor Committee with the MUSC Dietetic Internship. She volunteers with the Charleston-Trident Dietetic Association (CTDA) and was recently elected President-Elect for 2011-2012. She served as CTDA Secretary for 2010-2011.