Rachel Darr, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN Adjunct Professor
A lifelong passion for overall health, combining nutrition and exercise, began to really flourish when Rachel Darr switched her major from Building Construction Management to Dietetics as a Sophomore at Michigan State University. After successfully completing her Bachelors, it was next on to the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY to pursue her Dietetic Internship in UB’s combined Master’s Internship program. Deciding to take the road less traveled for dietitians, Darr opted to continue her Master’s in Exercise Science, rather than the Master’s in Nutrition. This enabled her to take and enjoy classes in both curriculums. Upon completion of the Internship and becoming an RD, Darr finished her Masters and decided to continue on for a PhD in Exercise Science, also at UB. Throughout her graduate career she has been a teaching assistant and an instructor for nutrition courses. She has gained valuable knowledge as a dietitian at Sisters of Charity Hospital, Deaconness, Buffalo General, and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; which is the key clinical experience she enjoys bringing back to the classroom. Plus, she was fortunate to be a graduate assistant in exercise science, which allowed her to work with the complete circle of healthy living, combining exercise and nutrition. Merging the two brought her to becoming a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She is one of only 20 in NYS, and 415 in the US. Currently she is also a Clinical Instructor in the Dietetic Internship Program at UB, where it all started for her in Buffalo. The health field is constantly progressing and expanding. Darr notes that she is extremely lucky to be right in the heart of it. Being involved in research with the Dean of Nursing at UB, brought her to the current stages in her research. Here she is able to utilize her clinical experiences and academic background to its fullest potential. Darr’s ever reaching goal is to continue to be in the center of intertwining research, teaching, and clinical work in exercise and nutrition, with further hopes of becoming a professor in the health field, all the while sharing her experiences and joys of the profession with up and coming health care professionals.