Staff Feature: Kohrine Counts Hazim, Dietetics Program Coordinator

Kohrine headshot, smilingA warm welcome to Kohrine Counts Hazim, program coordinator extraordinaire and the latest addition to our Discover FSHN Series! Kohrine not only manages the dietetics programs in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida, she is also an alumna of the Department’s Master of Science—Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program. Thank you to Kohrine for taking time out of her full schedule to tell us about her work at UF, her experience as a clinical dietitian, and her active lifestyle!

Tell me about your role in the FSHN department. What do you do each day?

I am the program coordinator for the undergraduate (DPD) and graduate (MS-DI) dietetics programs. My day-to-day is always different, which can make my job a lot of fun. My favorite activities are meeting with students to answer questions about the dietetics pathway, participating in live department events, and attending continuing education presentations by our interns.

Kohrine standing with her classmates at their graduation ceremony.
Kohrine with her MS-DI classmates at their 2017 graduation. L to R: Madison Wright (née Keesling), Alexa Bledsoe, Sara Beasley, Kohrine, Jenna Seckar, and Sheila Rahimpour.

On the other hand, much of my work is behind the scenes. For example, I spend a lot of time:

  • communicating with preceptors to schedule internship rotations,
  • drafting internship instructions and evaluation documents,
  • answering student questions via email or live appointments,
  • collecting documents to maintain accreditation records, and
  • creating learning modules for our interns.
How did you get into program coordination, and what is your favorite part of the job?

After graduating from the UF FSHN MS-DI program and becoming a registered dietitian, I worked as a clinical dietitian at UF Health Shands. I loved being a clinical dietitian! Often, I felt like a detective as I put together the clinical puzzle pieces to create a nutrition plan tailored for each patient.

I would have stayed a clinical dietitian for a long time, but I was contacted by my former DPD Director and encouraged to apply for a new position in the FSHN department – the dietetics program coordinator position. The rest is history. My favorite part of my job is working with students. They are our future, and it’s so exciting and rewarding to be able to help them on their path to becoming a professional.

Kohrine standing with her classmates in business casual clothes while holding a green stuffed animal.
Kohrine and her former classmates after presenting lesson plans to IFAS educators during the summer of 2016. Each student created lesson plans on topics such as hand washing and financial literacy for the IFAS educators to use with elementary and middle school students. L to R: Madison Wright (née Keesling), Sara Beasley, Alexa Bledsoe, Jenna Seckar, Kohrine, and Sheila Rahimpour. Header caption: Kohrine on the US side of Niagara Falls while on her honeymoon. She met her husband at the UF Swing Dance Club as an MS-DI student, and they married shortly after Kohrine became a staff member in the FSHN department.
What did you do before joining the FSHN department?
Kohrine wearing sunglasses and taking a selfie with her husband with a mountain view in the background.
Kohrine and her husband, Steve, standing at the top of Bell Mountain in Hiawassee, GA after hiking to the top.

Just before joining the FSHN department, I was a clinical dietitian at UF Health Shands. However, prior to becoming a dietitian, I completed a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from Florida State University and started up a small company with my parents (which was an excellent place to practice my entrepreneurship and business skills).

After several years, I transitioned into working for a few other companies, including a non-profit that provided education and daycare services to at-risk families. This is where I re-discovered nutrition and dietetics. I say re-discovered because my father actually met with a registered dietitian when I was a teenager. This dietitian completely changed my family’s life (and diet). After re-discovering dietetics, I decided to return to school and earn a postbaccalaureate degree in dietetics. Then, I completed the MS-DI program at UF.

You’re an alumna of the FSHN Department! Tell me about your time at UF.

As a returning older student, I definitely wasn’t sure of what to expect during my dietetics programs. Although the classes were indeed challenging, I found wonderful, life-long friends and mentors during my time as a student.

Kohrine and her husband standing in front of a waterfall.
… and standing in front of a waterfall at Vogel State Park in Blairsville, GA while on a family vacation.
Kohrine and her husband wearing helmets and standing next to their Onewheels.
Kohrine and Steve after completing a Onewheel ride around some twisting Georgia roads …
What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to spend my free time with my family. Together we enjoy riding Onewheels, hiking, kayaking, biking, watching movies, and eating tasty food. I also enjoy gardening, exploring new foods through baking and cooking, reading, and exploring new places.

If you were a food, what food would you be, and why?

I would be coffee ice cream! It’s one of my favorite foods. I also like to think that my personality and diverse interests reflect the complexity of coffee, yet I have the calm, smooth, and friendly feeling of delicious ice cream.

Interested in learning more about FSHN’s Dietetics programs? Read more here and here!
P.S. The Discover FSHN Series highlights the unique experiences of UF’s Food Science and Human Nutrition students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Want to read more about the amazing work going on in the FSHN department? See our previous features below (click on arrows to expand):
Undergraduate Students:

Shannon Mai, Dietetics
Alex Colon, Dietetics and Jenny Duong, Food Science
Jackie Shannon, Nutritional Sciences
Jennifer Jordan, Food Science
Lily Tucciarone, Dietetics
Tim Cassella, Nutritional Sciences

Graduate Students:

Savanna Curtis, Food Science (M.S.)
Carley Rusch and Matthew Beke, Nutritional Sciences (Ph.D.)
Alexa Hosey, Dietetics (MS/DI)
Vicnie Leandre, Food Science (M.S.)
Rufus Theophilus, Nutritional Sciences (Ph.D.)
Amber Fritsche, Dietetics (MS/DI)
Amy Jones, Food Science (Ph.D.)
Melissa Perez Santana, Food Science (M.S.)

Postdoctoral Associates:

Dr. Cameron Bardsley, Food Safety
Dr. Tautvydas Shuipys, Food Safety
Dr. Felix Jimenez Rondan, Nutritional Sciences

Faculty:

Dr. Naim Montazeri, Food Science/Food Virology
Dr. Jeanette Andrade, Dietetics
Dr. Zhiyong Cheng, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Juan Andrade Laborde, Global Nutrition
Dr. Razieh Farzad, Food Science
Dr. Beth Gankofskie, Dietetics
Dr. Anne Mathews, Nutritional Sciences

Staff:

Sharyn Passeretti, Lab Specialist
Herschel Johnson, Manager of Student Services
Brandy Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Alumni:

Dr. Rebecca Gould, Dietetics, Postdoctoral Research
Dr. Becca Solch, Nutritional Sciences, Postdoctoral Research
Hannah Cooper, Dietetics, Private Practice
Dr. Richie Li, Food Science, Product Development
Doctor Brian Barrow, Nutritional Sciences, Medicine/Physician
Luciano Junoy, Food Science, Product Development

P.P.S. Learn more about FSHN’s renowned programs below!

Undergraduate Programs:
Dietetics
Food Science
Nutritional Sciences

Graduate Programs:
M.S. Dietetic Internship Program
M.S. Food Science and Human Nutrition
Ph.D. Food Science
Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences

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jessie erwin
Posted: June 20, 2022


Category: Food Science & Human Nutrition
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