Robin Dahm

Freelance Editor & Manual Writer

Location:Sewell, New Jersey, United States
2 Skills


Current status: Editor in Chief of *The Spectrum,* the quarterly newsletter of the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Available for freelance work as a technical and developmental editor. Numerous complementary skill sets (clinical dietetics, program creation and presentation, technical writing/editing) developed through experience in different markets.

Technical writing, technical editing, and communication skills: Experienced writer and presenter with over 13 years of experience as a technical writer, editor of trade journals and trade books, assistant classroom instructor, and public speaker.

• Publications created: Wrote, researched, edited, proofread, and fact-checked trade-magazine articles, quick reference cards, user manuals, programming manuals, validation documentation and test scripts, purchase specifications, design specifications, and online help systems. Edited "how to" computer books and technical walk-through guides for software applications.

• Products documented: Various types of software and hardware products: pharmaceutical clinical-trial software, voice-over-Internet products (VOIPs), telephone hardware systems, military and public-sector property-management software, and equipment for snack-food production.

• Training experience: One-on-one patient and student education, group-lesson development and presentation, creation of audience-appropriate educational handouts. Has trained magazine editors and new-hire dietitians.

• Other: Experienced in a variety of software applications, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, various drawing applications and nutrition applications, and many others. Experienced team manager and supervisor. Has successfully worked as a permanent employee, as a self-employed consultant, and as the sole proprietor of a neuromuscular-therapy practice. Works well individually and as part of a team.

Dietetics skills: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist #963784 through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, PA #DN004236. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2004. Experienced at medical nutrition therapy and the Academy’s nutrition care process. Determines comprehensive nutritional assessments and interventions based on laboratory results, dietary restrictions, food preferences, and physical/mental challenges. Counsels patients and their families/caregivers. Determines medical nutritional therapies for LTC, rehabilitation, geriatric, and hospice patients; paying special attention to those at high risk for weight loss, malnutrition, and skin breakdown. Monitors weekly and monthly weights to detect any unplanned significant weight changes. Acts with interdisciplinary teams for weight and care-planning meetings to address unplanned significant weight loss and the needs of high-risk residents. Communicates closely with the kitchen staff as needed to ensure proper individualized dietary modifications. Calculates tube feedings and monitors these patients closely to address potential significant weight changes or dehydration issues. Counsels family-practice and private-practice patients. Addresses MDS assessments on a weekly basis by performing full nutritional assessments, completing Section K and RAP sheets, and participating in care-planning meetings.


Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ; 5/12–present.
Majoring in Deaf Studies, with the intent of becoming a part-time interpreter of American Sign Language.

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY; 9/06–5/07.
Dietetic internship and three required graduate courses: Food and Nutrition Policies—Cultural, Behavioral, and Social Aspects. Issues, Trends, and Challenges in Nutrition. Fundamentals of Nutrition Policy and Management.

Cook College, Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ; 5/06.
B.S. Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics option. GPA: 3.4/4.0. Dietetics-curriculum GPA: 3.7/4.0. Kings/Wall $1,000 Scholarship, Eastern Frosted Foods Association, Inc., 6/1/05. Cook $500 Education Assistance Grant Scholarship, 7/5/05. Member of KON national dietetics honor society.

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ; Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ; 1/03–5/04.
Nonmatriculated student. All 24 credits applied toward Cook College B.S. degree.

Rutgers College, Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ; 5/89.
B.A. English. Minor in Computer Science. GPA: 3.1/4.0.



Editor in Chief, *The Spectrum,* 3/12–present.
Part-time service position. Directs all aspects of this quarterly newsletter of the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group. Manages review teams and editorial assistants. Develops articles with the authors. Copy-edits every piece published in the newsletter. Works in conjunction with the group’s Executive Committee.

Nutrition Information Technologist, United States Department of Defense, Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Contractor through Regent Systems Inc., 10/09–1/11.
Full-time position. Worked as part of a data-migration team that moved armed-forces recipes into a new software application, for worldwide use. Examined recipe ingredients, production/serving methods, and HACCP steps for accuracy, completeness, and adherence to policies; then entered the recipes into the application.

Clinical Dietitian, Memorial Home Health and Hospice, Pennsville, NJ. 10/09–1/11.
Part-time per-diem dietitian. Performed clinical assessments. Provided recommendations for medical nutrition therapy. Counseled patients and caregivers. Attended biweekly interdisciplinary team meetings.

Clinical Dietitian through Healthcare Services Group, Inc., 4/08–7/09.
Performed medical nutritional therapy (as explained in the summary of dietetics skills) for the following LTC/rehab facilities: Innova at Deptford, NJ ? Innova at Mount Laurel, NJ ? Eastern Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation, Cape May Court House, NJ ? Courthouse Convalescent Center, Cape May Court House, NJ ? Innova at Hammonton, NJ.

Dietetic Intern, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. 9/06–5/07. Rotations included:
• St. Charles Hospital and Stony Brook Hospital (10 weeks). Conducted bedside assessments and follow-ups with residents and families. Created and presented “Preeclampsia and Nutritional Intervention” and “Decubitus Ulcers: A Case Study” to the dietitians.
• John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility (4 weeks). Conducted bedside assessments and follow-ups with residents and families. Created a patient handout explaining all the therapeutic diets. Researched MNT protein-supplement products, gave recommendations based on nutritional breakdown and pricing.
• Bellhaven Nursing Center and Rehabilitative Care (4 weeks). Assisted the Foodservice Manager in his daily activities (inventory, interviews, QC, inspections, etc.). Created a population-appropriate 1-week vegetarian/high fiber cycle menu.
• Joan Stollberger, RD, CDE, CDN (2 weeks). Counseled private-practice patients. Researched and created “Why Is Yogurt a Health Food?” patient handout.
• Stony Brook Family Practice outpatient counseling (5 weeks). Shadowed dietitians with various specialties (pediatrics, ALS, oncology, etc.) and assisted with counseling as needed.
• HeartLinks program and WIC community nutrition rotations (5 weeks). Visited public-school vending machines to gather data and prepare statistics. Prepared “Take a Look at Lunch…How Healthy Is Yours?” educational poster displayed at a local high school cafeteria. Created “Updating New York State’s School Food Policy” presentation.
• Southampton School District, school-foodservice rotation (3 weeks). Created and presented “Portion Control” to the foodservice workers. Created a poster and age-appropriate survey for Kids’ Choice Day.

Diet Clerk, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. Part-time, 3/05–12/05.
Used HealthTouch menu software to take meal selections over the phone and at patients’ bedsides. Delivered meals to patients in their rooms. Created and presented “Renal Disease and Dietary Modifications” to the diet clerks.


Neuromuscular Therapist, Inner Works Massage and Muscle Therapy, Bound Brook, NJ. Part-time, 6/99–7/05. Treated clients with neuromuscular (trigger-point) therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial (deep tissue) techniques, postural analysis, stretching, and Eastern-style treatment. Assessed each client's body mechanics, stressors, and perpetuating factors to eliminate the source of the problem and alleviate/eliminate the symptoms. Determined and taught self-treatments to clients.



Guest Presenter, Glen Landing Middle School. 5/11, 5/12.
Developed and presented a geology show to the students by combining a PowerPoint-based lecture and hands-on geology exhibits.

Interpretation Ranger, National Park Service, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT. Temporary, 6/01–11/01. Developed and presented programs to the park visitors about the park’s geology, natural history, and human history.

T'ai Chi/Body Mechanics Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Somerset School of Massage Therapy, Somerset, NJ. Part-time, 1/99–12/99.
Developed and taught a curriculum that combined Eastern philosophy (yin/yang theory and five-phase theory) with client assessment and therapist body mechanics. Worked in tandem with the classroom lead instructor for teaching: the ten basic human anatomical systems and their physiologies/pathologies, neuromuscular therapy, Swedish massage, stretching, and myofascial (deep tissue) techniques.


TECHNICAL WRITING AND EDITING (1989–2002, 2011–2012)
Cengage Learning, Inc., Stamford, CT. Consultant, self-employed; 7/11–5/12.
Edited the undergraduate textbook Materials Science and Mechanical Properties for this publisher of educational materials. Provided an editorial perspective on the book’s language, flow, content, and pedagogy; as well as a simultaneous copy-edit and proofread.

Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ. Consultant through Triaton, Inc.; 1/02–11/02.
Wrote QA validation documentation for internal proprietary Web applications, including specifications for user requirements, functional design, and system delivery; traceability matrices; test and regression-test scripts. Created quick-reference cards and wrote pharmaceutical research and development software user manuals. QA tested and regression-tested a proprietary Intranet financial application.

Healthcare Products Research, Inc., Bridgewater, NJ. Consultant, self-employed; 1/01–5/01.
Created and maintained a single file that generated administrator, developer, and end-user manuals with mix-and-match content for territory-management software. Developed and implemented documentation SOPs.

eResearchTechnology, Inc., Bridgewater, NJ. Consultant through Techwrights, Inc.; 3/00–12/00.
Wrote administrator, developer, and data-entry manuals for pharmaceutical clinical-trial software.

Dialogic Corp., an Intel Company, Parsippany, NJ. Permanent employee, 11/96–2/99.
Wrote programming manuals by interviewing the programmers and reinterpreting technical specifications. Reworked specifications into introductory chapters in the manuals. Wrote descriptions of open-platform architecture and voice-over-Internet products for an audience of in-house developers and early product adopters.

General Electric Information Services, and AT&T. Consultant through SDI, Edison, NJ, 5/95–11/96.
Developed online help for internal telephone-system software training packages. Wrote end-user manuals for mainstream products.

Marlboro Computer Corp., Edison, NJ. Permanent employee, 8/94–4/95.
Wrote user and product installation manuals for military and public-sector property-management software. Managed a team of writers for large projects.

Nabisco Foods Group, East Hanover, NJ. Permanent employee, 2/94–7/94.
Created online help for equipment-purchase procedures for the package-food and snack-food industry. Edited specifications for food production equipment. Created and maintained an online library for generating new purchase specifications.

Progressive Strategies, New York, NY. Self-employed consultant, 1994–96.
Edited technical walk-through guides. Worked from home office, around full-time job.

Internet World Magazine, Westport, CT. Self-employed consultant, 1994.
Edited this monthly computer magazine. Worked from home office, around full-time job.

ZD Press Publishing, Emeryville, CA. Self-employed consultant, 1992–93.
Edited “how to” computer books. Worked from home office, around full-time job.

PC Magazine, New York, NY. Permanent employee, 6/89–1/94.
Held the positions of Senior Copy Editor, Copy Editor, Editorial Assistant/Fact Checker, and Proofreader. Wrote, edited, proofread, copy-fit, and fact-checked product reviews. Supervised, trained, and delegated tasks to junior copy editors. Assisted in the creation of product testing scripts. Tested computer products in the on-site labs. Researched companies and products for future stories.



American Red Cross. Blood-services volunteer (volunteer at blood drives, drive the blood to the Philadelphia collection center). Disaster-services volunteer (drive the Emergency Response Vehicle to the location of the disaster).

Member, Washington Township Environmental Commission. Assist with the annual Earth Day celebration.
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Manual Writing