From the track to the doctor’s office: Amy Doolittle-Crider

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If there is a specific local businesswoman that you’d like to be featured, email future suggestions to conor.revell@gmail.com. Amy Doolittle-Crider is this week’s Business Professional of the Week and is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Figure Weight Loss Louisville. She went Butler Traditional High School and ran cross country and track and field.

What is your athletic background and education?

I graduated from Butler Traditional High School in 1998, as a track and cross country athlete.  My cross country highlights were winning back to back regional titles.  On the track I won four individual track regional titles in the 400-800 meter runs. My state performances on the track included three fourth place finishes and a seventh, placing me on the All-State second team.

I was a student-athlete at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. UTC had healthcare majors of interest to me for my future career and a powerful track and cross country team with people on the team who were gonna keep pushing me to my running potential.  During my collegiate athletic career, I earned All-Conference honors 10 times and won three conference team titles between track and cross country.

I graduated Cum Laude in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in human physiology and a minor in nutrition from UTC.  I then returned home to Louisville to attend Bellarmine where I used their accelerated nursing program to earn a B.S. in Nursing. After working as a nurse for a few years I decided to pursue a Master in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.

I continued running after college. I have won many local road races.  My most notable win was at the Kentucky Derby Marathon in 2012.  Prior to that win I had several second and third place finishes in the Derby Mini-Marathon.

How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?

As an athlete you have individual and team goals to work towards.  Working with teammates, prepared me for the workplace environment as I learned to work a diverse group of people. In my healthcare practice, I work as a team daily in collaboration with my fellow nurse practitioners, physicians and dietitian.  Team work is important on the playing field, but even more important in the work environment to help people reach their goals for achievement of a healthier lifestyle.

What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?

Adjusting to the college demands of a student athlete was a tough balance my first year of college.  It required strict discipline of getting enough sleep, reporting to 5 a.m. practice while keeping the grades in check.

Currently as a working mom of two children, now I have the challenge of listening to my body to make sure I don’t get injured. This requires me to make sure I recover from runs appropriately while refueling my body with proper nutrition, flexibility/strength, and adequate sleep.

What has been the most challenging point of your professional career?

This past year I decided to make a job change, I worked 7.5 years in the same practice. I decided to pursue other ventures to help patients.  Taking on a new job took me out of a comfort zone.  Change can be overwhelming and flat out scary, especially when you are comfortable in a position and lifestyle. I trusted my gut on this move, as well as my love for health and wellness.  Figure Weight Loss was a perfect fit for me to flourish in a role of patient education on dietary behaviors & lifestyle modifications, biochemistry and the psychology to empower patients to attain and maintain healthy weights. I advise all to not fall into that comfort zone, don’t be scared to learn new things. This job change is my passion and one I love to report to daily.

What is you advice to young student athletes today?

Being a student athlete is a great experience and teaches you so many things about life with the experiences you encounter.  Athletics are a wonderful avenue for health and wellness for ongoing health after college.  I would encourage athletes to keep an open mind and think beyond the ball field, gym or running path.  Find what you are passionate about and give it everything you have. Choose a career you love and that you can share your knowledge and expertise with others.

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