Spotlight: Robyn Kievit Kirkman

I live with: My husband, Pete, and our children – sometimes – we’re a blended family. My son, Jared, is a freshman at NYU; my stepson, Matthew, and stepdaughter, Milly are 17 and 12 and are with us half time; and our daughter Eve is 6 and she is with us all the time! We also have two Maine Coon cats named Blizzard and Mittens who think they are dogs with very big personalities – oh and 3 fish.

Tell us about the work you do. How did you wind up here? I think at this point I can honestly call myself a food therapist. Yes, I’m a dietitian and a nurse practitioner, but a lot of the work I do with patients is with their feelings and behaviors around food and body image. I prescribe medicine for some of my patients around these pieces if it makes sense.

What did you want to be when you were a little kid? How does that play into the work you do now? I wanted to be a nurse practitioner who works in women’s health! Then I became interested in nutrition so I just decided to combine the two careers educationally and then professionally.

What problems do you solve for your clients? I think of myself more as a mentor. I truly believe we all have many of the tools we need. Often we get stuck in our paths or have layers over the very pieces that can help us.

Tell us the best part of what you do. I get to work with the coolest people every day. The clients and patients I see are so smart. I learn from them! We work on healing and into the depths of my soul I feel this is what I was put on this planet to do – work with others on healing.

What’s your personal motto or mantra? Can I have a couple? One is ‘all foods can fit’ and another is ‘bodies change, period’. I also don’t believe in using these words around food or our bodies: good, bad, sorry, should, can’t or – not kidding – healthy.

Who’s your role model? I have different ones for various areas of life. My Dad, brother and Aunts for certain things and a few famous ladies.

Where’s your favorite place to relax? Usually the beach at the end of the day with my family and some friends and a glass of rosé.

Tell us a favorite accomplishment. Our blended family. My husband and I have worked very hard to put our family first and make sure our kids are well adjusted. We both work outside of the home and balancing all of this has been one of the hardest processes. It’s always changing as the kids get older, but I feel like we have done a pretty good job.

How can clients work with you? The best way is email: Even if I can’t help you I’ll try my best to put you in touch with someone who can.