ANNA Member Spotlight

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Naveena Reddy, MBA, MS, RD

Dietitian
President, Palmarius Consulting
Allen, TX
Dallas Chapter #208

How long have you been in nursing?

I have been in health care for 27 years, starting out as a research assistant for a nephrologist and then became a dietitian. For the past few years, I have been a quality management and process improvement consultant for dialysis providers and nephrology practices. 

How long have you been in nephrology?

I have been in nephrology for 13 years. Since my first job as research assistant for the chief of nephrology at a VA hospital, it has been a rewarding experience helping patients cope with their health condition and self-manage.

Why do you love nephrology?

The fact that kidney disease is a silent disease but once it is discovered, it rules the life of the individual, has always been fascinating to me. It gives me great joy to witness a newly diagnosed patient transforming from the feeling that “my life is at the end” to “I can do this.”

What is your favorite ANNA member benefit?

ANNA Connected and educational events are my two favorite benefits of being a member of ANNA. As a consultant, my day-to-day activities are more operations-oriented and the ANNA community helps with keeping my clinical skills fresh and continuously improving. 

Do you have a favorite patient story that reminds you why it's all worth it?

A few years ago, one of the patients I was counseling, a 22-year-old-woman, decided to stop dialysis after only 3 months of starting dialysis. When we talked through the reasons, she mentioned the real reason was because she did not want to bother her mother with transporting her to dialysis three times a week. She had some living situation challenges for home dialysis at that time. I worked with the clinic social worker and we promised to find her transportation. She eventually agreed to give it another try. We also found that she was severely depressed. We worked as a team, including her nephrologist, and we started treating her depression and arranged transportation. A few weeks later, she not only continued with dialysis but also enrolled in community college. I kept in touch with this patient for a long time and feel grateful for the opportunity to help her find her purpose. 

What are your favorite hobbies outside of nursing? 

My stress busters are watching movies or reading, which I do almost daily, at the end of a hard work day.

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