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March 14, 2014

Career nomad ends up at local hospital

By TYLER MASK

tmask@mineralwellsindex.com

 

Choosing a career might seem like one of the hardest moments in anyone's life. From finding what will suit one's economic needs to job satisfaction, a vast gamut of factors exist. But sometimes all variables are taken out and a career picks the person.

 

Palo Pinto General Hospital Dietician Shane Clack did not know what he wanted to pursue until life got in the way, which ended in him pushing back.

 

Clack was born and raised in Weatherford, where he and his family live to this day. He graduated from Weatherford in 2005 with a class of nearly 800, he said. After graduating, Clack went to Texas Tech.

 

Throughout his college career, Clack switched majors more times than he can recall. 

 

“That's why I have like 147 hours,” Clack said comically.

 

Clack accrued two minors – almost three – because of all his switching. His two and a half minors were in Exercise Sports Science, Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, and Math, respectively. However, by his junior year, he knew what he had to do – nutrition.

 

At one point in his pre-collegiate schooling, Clack was faced with an eating disorder, which he carried to the university. During this time of turmoil, a dietician was a great help to him. 

 

“Everyone says the cliché, 'I just really want to help people,'” Clack said. “But the reason I really got in is because I have battled with an eating disorder my whole life. I went to a dietician who helped me a lot. A dietician is on that fine line of being a counselor, too, because food and emotions are so closely [tied] together.”

 

Although Clack graduated with his Bachelors in nutrition, he waited a while before pursing his Masters in nutrition and ultimately joining his current field. 

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