Greetings! I’m from Nashville, Tennessee, and often introduce myself by saying “I am locally grown!” I enjoy training the future of our profession. It’s a competitive and changing health care marketplace. Our strategy is to grow dietitians that are built to last, that can “flex on the fly,” and know how to deliver win-win outcomes one person and one conversation at a time.
Professional Profile: Highly skilled in development and management of training networks within food and nutrition practice settings. Experience packaging people, programs, products, systems and services in ways that get results. Enjoy mobilizing teams of difference makers to address gaps in access to food, education or health services. Areas of specialization include: strategy focused leadership development, innovative nutrition education programming, health and wellness coaching for diverse populations and multi-department management with a focus on food systems. Intentionally practice with a mindset that is affirming, non-judgmental and focused on customer delight.
Kerri Baxter received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and completed both a Dietetic Internship and Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduating from her internship, she worked in long-term care and acute care settings in Alabama and Maryland. In 2015, Kerri joined the Clinical Nutrition Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, she has served as a Clinical Group Leader and a preceptor for surgical and transplant focused internship rotations. In 2019, she joined the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program as the Educational Coordinator.
Sarah Ferguson double-majored in Dietetics and Public Health at Indiana University before coming to Nashville, TN to complete her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After graduating from her internship, Sarah continued to work at VUMC while also completing a Master of Public Health Nutrition degree from the University of Massachusetts. Sarah specialized in gastrointestinal nutrition and has worked as a dietitian in different GI-focused areas including inpatient, outpatient, and clinical research. Sarah remained involved with the Dietetic Internship as a preceptor and in 2021 she joined the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program as an Educational Coordinator. Sarah approaches life through a lens of gratitude, finds joy connecting with and supporting others, and is dedicated to being a life-long learner.