Tamara S.'s Open Road
You Have Value (1:14)
You Don't Know Who's Watching (0:11)
Not Knowing What to Do (1:45)
I Want To Help People Be Healthy (1:20)
Learning From Others (0:56)
You Have To Take Jobs That Challenge You (1:43)
TAMARA S. MELTON
Director of Health Informatics
Give yourself credit for what you already know...you have value.
- Growing up, she loved to cook and always thought she would be a chef—she applied and was accepted to culinary school, but she had an epiphany that it wasn’t really what she wanted.
- Inspired by her family members’ struggles with diabetes, she switched her major to nutrition and dietetics.
- Ended up passing out at the sight of blood during her nutrition support rotation, which made her realize that working in the hospital scene was not for her.
- After getting her graduate degree in nutrition, she taught part time at Georgia State University and worked in weight management for nonprofits.
- At age 28, she got an opportunity to play a critical role in developing the new health informatics program at Georgia State University, where she served as program director for four years.
- In order to broaden her knowledge of the field of health informatics, she did a certificate program at Duke University where she was the only non-nurse in the program.
- She ran into an old college friend at a conference who helped her get her current position at Morrison Healthcare—says, ”They were looking for a dietician who knew about data. That’s me!”
- Says she has always had an entrepreneurial heart—she consults and educates about nutrition, develops wellness programs, and hosts workshops.