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Deb Henry, DTR

What does a day in the life of Deb Henry, DTR look like?

Coffee first! Get ready and jump on the MAX  to St Vincent Hospital where I am a Clinical Dietetic Technician, Registered. My day at the office consists of screening  patients for nutrition risk, offering nutrition education / diet instructions as needed, and basically assisting the dietitian on each unit in providing medical nutrition therapy as part of the health care team.

What would you consider to be the best part of your job?

I feel honored to work along side some of Portland’s best  dietitians. I love what I do each day and strive to provide the best care I can to the population I serve.

What books have shaped you and your practice the most?

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Micheal Pollan

The End of Overeating, David A. Kessler

What websites and journals do you refer to for your practice?

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

RD 411

What is your favorite travel spot?

A leisurely road trip through Eastern Oregon with my husband 9 years ago has led to our annual summer bliss. Each July we spend  a week camping on the banks of a picturesque Eastern Oregon river. It really is  beautiful and so quiet.

How do you find balance in your life?

I enjoy sewing- apparel, quilts, home dec…really anything; I try to stitch something each day after work. It makes me happy.  I practice yoga at home and attend class once a week.  My husband is an avid outdoorsman, affectionately known as my recreational director. He plans our outdoor activities. We have fun together. My sewing machine is on hiatus all summer (I hand sew projects!)

How would your friends and family describe you?

My family adore my lifestyle, “the vegetarian healthnut.” Last year I encouraged my mom to take a yoga class, she lives in Alaska, she did and loves it. She is almost 80 years old and attends a class 3 times a week.

Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.

Personally,  I am putting together my business plan, nothing to do with nutrition; as you might have guessed, it is sewing- Deb’s Threads. I do have my business license.  This is my retirement plan so I have a few years to pull it together.

How did you end up in Portland?

My family,  husband, and 2 toddlers moved from Southern California to Portland to  start a business. Shortly after our arrival, Mount St Helens blew. My family in California joked that we traded earthquakes for a volcano! I came to love this city and never looked back.

What is your favorite local Portland business and why?

New Seasons Market– I support their philosophy and commitment to the community. I also frequent  Cool Cottons on Hawthorne. Marie, sole owner of this fabric shop, is an great gal and keeps us sewist well stocked with awesome fabric.

What’s on your bucket list?

I would like to learn to play the guitar. I am studying “Guitar for Dummies” in my free time.

What is the last book you read for fun?  Would you recommend this book?

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick. I have become a huge fan of her writing, and do recommend it. Also, Starting Over-Community Building on the Eastern Oregon Frontier, William F. Willingham. Interesting to me after visiting Eastern Oregon.

What are some websites you frequently visit for fun?

Washington County Cooperative Library Services– a wealth of information available.  Portland Modern Quilt Guild– of which I am a member-  Endless inspiration and we all speak Cloth!


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