In May of 2008, I began my career as a dietitian having graduated from the State University College at Buffalo with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, a Minor in Chemistry, and a two year internship experience that consisted of practice at many hospitals and facilities throughout Buffalo. I had just completed a high-level specialty rotation at Women's and Children's Hospital, where I worked primarily in the Neonatal ICU, and also throughout the other units of the facility, including cystic fibrosis, genetics, gastrointestinal care, feeding clinic, pediatric intensive care, V7/eating disorders, and women's clinic where high risk pregnancies
Tricia Sauer, RDN, CDN
are attended. Additionally, I had also just completed my senior practicum rotation at Buffalo General Hospital in the Medical ICU, following placements at various other hospitals in the area including the VA and Kenmore Mercy Hospital for outpatient counseling, ECMC for acute care, and United Memorial Medical Center for an exploration of food service to round out my clinical work. I graduated Cum Laude with an excitement for my profession and a desire to improve the quality of life and overall health of others through my practice.
Following graduation, I began working as an acute care dietitian at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where I provided medical nutrition therapy to the critically ill in the ICU, surgical, telemetry and psychiatric units. I designed nutrition care plans and prescribed medical nutrition therapy to my patients for the treatment of various disease states including diabetes, systemic infections, kidney failure, diseases involving the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, liver failure, heart disease, various stages of cancer, and many more medical conditions for which individuals are hospitalized. I also specialized in the provision of artificial nutrition support administered by way of tube feedings and the parenteral (intravenous) route. And of course, nutrition being the preventative medicine, I provided nutrition education to my alert and receptive patients daily!
In the Fall of 2009, I embarked on a journey into long-term care. I took the position of Nutrition Department Manager and Lead Clinical Dietitian at Elderwood at Wheatfield (formerly Crestwood), a 160 bed skilled nursing/rehab facility. Clinically, I was responsible for overseeing the medical nutritional status of all residents and patients within the facility. This included the completion of nutritional assessments of the patients' health, providing medical nutrition therapy interventions based on my assessments, and then developing resident care plans that incorporated my recommendations based on evaluation of their needs. It also included monitoring and evaluating clinical nutrition factors such as changes in weights, laboratory values, input and output via intake studies and nursing documentation, and pressure sore development and healing. Additionally, I assisted care givers in feeding the aphasic/dysphagic patients who were unable to speak/had impaired swallowing, provided counseling and education to the alert and oriented, provided various medical nutrition therapy interventions as needs arose. I also acted as a resource for the facility physicians and medical team. In addition, I prescribed tube feeding nutrition support to residents who had been rendered dependent by a permanent non-function or overall medical decline. I contributed to ethics committee decisions regarding its initiation as it is largely life altering and requires the input of a qualified provider. After about 2 years, I transitioned over to Elderwood at Amherst, a sister facility where I worked for another 2 years in the same capacity. I transitioned into part-time and began to pursue my decade long dream of opening a private practice in nutrition counseling.
In addition to my new solo practice, I began consulting for Schofield Residence and Schoellkopf Health Center, working to fortify and update the nutrition department policies and procedures to ensure greater care for the residents at each facility. With my efforts, the nutrition department at Schoellkopf was deficiency free for the first time in two years per the 2012 New York State Department of Health annual survey. I have remained deficiency free at every facility I have managed, for a total of 6 annual surveys. What I learned I owe to the Elderwood company, whose heart and purpose is to care for the elderly and disabled, providing them with the love and security of home. Their care-first mentality has stayed with me throughout my career and later inspired me to join forces with Dent Neurological Institute’s Integrative Program for Cognitive Decline in 2018.
In the fall of 2012, I was offered an opportunity to grow my practice by joining Buffalo Medical Group, PC. Founded in 1946, BMG is among the oldest and largest multi-specialty physician group practices in New York State with more than 100 specialist and sub-specialist physicians. I held offices in Buffalo, Williamsville, Orchard Park, and Elma.
In 2013 I was hired by the NFL Buffalo Bills to serve as their team consulting dietitian, working alongside the team physicians, trainers and coaching staff. I began caring for the medical needs of the players by managing chronic disease and injuries while enhancing performance with medical nutrition therapy. In November of 2015, I left BMG to focus my practice more closely on metabolic/sports nutrition and integrative and functional nutrition, while continuing to consult for the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo Nutrition & Dietetics, PLLC was born in January 2016 along with my vision to build a group of dietitians with the skill to see through chronic illness and address the underlying causes of disease using integrative and functional nutrition (IFN). IFN is for everyone. From the average person desiring to not just survive but also be well, to the pro athlete looking to reduce inflammation, minimize risk of injury and enhance performance.
Today, I have been published in Business First 3 times and am frequently featured on news, radio, and TV programs and events including Channel 7, Channel 2, Spectrum News, WBFO radio, and BBC. I enjoy being a resource to media journalists who are seeking ideas for important topics on nutrition research. I enjoy speaking for groups and organizations on contract and donation. I am privileged to provide both compassionate and experienced care to the community, directly to my patients, and through the skilled hands of the dietitians who have joined my practice.
“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots." ~Rumi
Credentialed by the Commission On Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Certified through the University of the State of New York Education Department Office of the Professions
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)
Dietitians In Integrative & Functional Medicine (AND Dietetic Practice Group)
Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association
Western New York Dietetic Association
New York State Dietetic Association
Rotaract Club of Rotary International District 7090