Dena Shields, MS, RD, LD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Health Science Department at Keene State College. She teaches nutrition and health science classes, including Food Science, Food Service Management and Essentials of Nutrition Science. She received a BS in Zoology and post grad work in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and gained her MS in Management with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from New England College. Dena is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Her professional career includes providing medical nutrition therapy as a clinical dietitian to hospital and long term care patients / residents, and for children through the Early Childhood Intervention Program. She also enjoyed 5 years as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for a county hospital district.