The next time you have an appointment, we hope you’ll take a moment to give a friendly hello to one of the newest members of the River Bend Medical Associates team, nutritionist Spencer Safty. With Spencer joining our team, our patients will have access to a nutritionist who has mastered the art and science of helping patients attain their health goals.
Spencer comes to us with a wealth of experience. He studied Clinical Nutrition at UC Davis, and while there served as a research assistant in the school’s Havel Lab. Spencer’s concerns about how sugar has pervaded our culture—and diets!—led him to conduct research on the health effects of sugar consumption. In addition, he developed personalized dietary and meal plans for medical study participants, prepared baseline and intervention meals, conducted anthropometric measurements, and analyzed patient tissue samples for metabolic markers.
In his last year at Davis, Spencer worked as a sports nutrition intern. As part of his duties, he delivered presentations and produced sport-specific videos and handouts advising Division 1 athletes as to how they could best preserve their health with an optimized diet. He also worked one on one with athletes as a nutritional advisor, and was a member of Davis’s Student Nutrition Association and Physician Assistant Club’s Outreach Committee for three years.
Spencer will be an invaluable source of nutritional information at River Bend.
While Spencer has completed his formal education at UC Davis, he will never stop learning and growing his expertise. As he puts it, he is “obsessed” with learning more about nutrition each and every day by catching up on the latest research, identifying and reevaluating best practices, and listening to healthcare themed podcasts. Spencer has committed himself to taking both a nurturing and scientific approach to nutritive care.
When asked about what concerns him the most about our culture’s current approach to food, Spencer responded:
As a society, we are trained to treat eating as something that’s chiefly for pleasure. This loses sight of the fact that our food choices have a huge impact on our health, energy, happiness, mental state, and well-being. We have to start considering dietary choices with a focus on nutrition and fitness. We can’t simply rely on pills to solve everything.
I am here to help anyone, whether they have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, kidney disease, heart disease. Better yet, I’m here to help anyone looking to prevent the onset of these diseases and avoid the serious consequences that they bring. Don’t wait until tomorrow to fix today’s problems.
If you’re interested in improving your nutrition and bettering your health, please speak to your physician about how Spencer Safty can help you achieve your health goals.