Stephanie Paver, RD, CSO, CNSC – Clinical Oncology Dietitian
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BS, Dietetics - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Dietetics - Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
"By listening to the patient, we understand the dynamic of the individual and not just the cancer. It allows us to nurture trusting relationships."
Stephanie Paver, RD, CSO, CNSC
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Registered dietitian Stephanie Paver knew she found a healthcare organization that aligned with her own philosophy of patient care when she discovered Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Working with other clinicians in an integrated team setting to provide quality care is what Paver has always strived to do, and at CTCA, she’s able to live out that approach to patient care every day.
“My day begins with a team meeting compromised of the medical oncologist, naturopathic oncology provider, nurse, care manager and mind-body therapist,” she says. “We discuss each patient’s case for the day. Each care provider offers insight about the patient that is specific to his or her specialty.”
Paver joined CTCA in early 2010 as a member of the nutrition metabolic support team at our Zion, Illinois hospital—CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. There she was empowered to help develop a program for diabetic patients. “There was an evident need to help patients manage their diabetes, whether it was long standing or newly diagnosed," says Paver. "Since diabetes can affect how one feels and how quickly one heals, patients must learn to modify food choices and eating patterns to control the disease.”
In July 2012, Paver transferred to our hospital in Goodyear, Arizona, where she hopes to continue her efforts in diabetes education. “Having the resources to educate patients about diabetes is value added to the quality of patient care we provide,” she says.
Paver is certified in nutrition support, adult weight management and oncology nutrition. A recipient of several academic scholarships and member of two national honors societies, Paver graduated with honors from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. She then completed a dietetic internship at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois.
Paver is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She serves as peer reviewer for the Oncology Nutrition newsletter and is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine group.
Guided by the adage, “Let thy food be thy medicine,” Paver believes in leading by example, which is why she practices what she preaches about nutrition.