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© 2023 by Planetary Health RD-to-be

Hello, my name is Ayten.

Hello world! My name is Ayten Salahi, and I am on a mission to heal people and the planet through food.


I began my career as a researcher, volunteer, and medical observer at the Duke University Medical Center, where I studied the neurobiological pathways involved in mind-gut pathologies and observed world-class practitioners providing advanced care to high-acuity patients. Following my time at Duke, I continued my professional development as a Clinical Research Specialist examining the effectiveness of an “artificial pancreas” system to improve glycemic control for patients with type 1 diabetes.


In this role, I quickly discovered the ubiquitous role of food and nutrition in producing individual, societal, and environmental health. To align with my passion to use food as a vehicle for both individual and systemic change, I completed a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Policy and Programming at Tufts University. During my masters, I worked with the Tufts Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace to author a field report on methods to improve efficiency and effectiveness of research for international nutrition assistance programs.


Locally, I completed a public health nutrition practicum as a kitchen assistant at Community Servings, preparing medically tailored meals for critically ill patients in greater Boston. During my time at Tufts, I co-founded the Friedman Food Policy Action Council (FFPAC) to advance evidence-based food policies in support of public and environmental health. Inspired by our successes at FFPAC, I subsequently founded the budding international food and climate justice organization, the Planetary Health Collective. I am currently completing a Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons University and am applying for dietetic internships in the Spring 2020 Match Cycle. 


As you can see, this website is in the works! In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to provide a brief disclaimer: I am a dietetics student (RD2BE) on the road to obtaining my Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, and I do not yet have this credential. Though the URL indicates my aspirational RD status, I am currently completing my Didactic Program in Dietetics at Simmons University. This domain space (URL) is a representation of my commitment to becoming a leader in the field of climate-resilient nutrition and dietetics, but it does not indicate or imply that I am currently an RD. I will open this website for services and remove this disclaimer after completing the applicable RD accreditation requirements.


Thank you for perusing, and please come back soon for the full experience!