“My approach to care is holistic, collaborative, and optimistic”
Ms. Greaves enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping people overcome obstacles so they can create habits and strategies that promote better health. She loves getting to know her patients and hearing their stories because it reminds her of why she chose to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Language(s) - English
Maddison Greaves tries to see the “silver lining” in people’s progress. She points to a former patient who – though he remained clinically obese after losing weight – made great strides in reducing his risk for diabetes and heart disease, despite obstacles he faced financially and in his living environment. “I learned from this experience that health comes in all shapes and sizes and that sometimes what we classify as healthy on the outside does not match actual health status or achievements.”
She views each patient as a unique individual with a complex history and approaches their interactions as “co-learning opportunities” to understand a problem or a goal from many angles, so that they both can see what contributes to the problem or hinders the goal.
As a current doctoral student in health promotion and health behavior at Oregon State University, Ms. Greaves seeks a better foundation in behavioral health and how that impacts health outcomes. “I want to be able to understand the underpinnings of human behavior and why it is so difficult for all of us to change our habits. It seems so simple to say, ‘Just eat healthier and exercise more,’ but that is not so simple to actually do for a plethora of reasons, many of which are beyond our individual control.”
Outside work, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and swimming. “I do enjoy the occasional binge-watching Netflix day, and have a set of funny shows that I come back to over and over.”
Dietetics, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2010-2011
Doctor of Health Promotion and Health Behavior (in progress), College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR; Master of Science in Nutrition, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2013; Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition, University of California, Davis, CA, 2010
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis, OR, 2018-present; Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor of Record, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 2015-present; Contracted Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Plus, Wilmington, NC, 2013-2015; Clinical Dietitian and Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Dietitian, Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, NC, 2012-2013; Graduate Assistant-Nutrition Services, Campus Recreation and Wellness, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2011-2012
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Sakuma, K.L., Seifert, J., Greaves, M. & Wilson, M. (2017). Community report: Use and perceptions of new and emerging tobacco products among Black youth and young adults.
Sakuma, K.K., Seifert, J., Greaves, M., Blanco, L., Wilson, M., Fagan, P., Felicitas-Perkins, J., & Trinidad, D. (2017). Little Cigar/Cigarillo Marketing Perceptions and Exposures among African American Youth and Young Adults. American Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR (2017, November 6). Tobacco Policy Roundtable
Greaves, M. (Presenter; 2017). Effectiveness of School-Based Nutrition Interventions at Changing Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis. American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA (2017, November 5). Poster
Greaves, M. (Presenter), Rothwell, D., & Sakuma, K.K. (2017). Does SNAP Go Beyond Food Security? A Research Brief on the Effects on Nutrition and Health. Oregon Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR (2017, October 9). Presentation
Greaves, M. (Presenter), Dolcini, M., & Sakuma, K.K. (2017). Optimizing fit: Identifying the need to address facilitators and barriers to achieve effective outcomes of family-based dietary behavior change programs. Oregon Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR (2017, October 9). Poster
Sakuma, K.K., Greaves, M., Seifert, J., Blanco, L., Fagan, P., Wilson, M., Felicitas-Perkins, J., & Trinidad, D. (2016). Little cigar and cigarillo perceptions and use among African American youth and young adults. Social and Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA (2017, April 1). Poster
Greaves, M. (Presenter), Sakuma, K.K., & Molitor, J. (2016). Fast food intake among adolescents: Analysis of the CHIS dataset. Oregon Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR (2016, October 10). Poster
Sakuma Research Lab June 2016 – Present
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Tobacco use and perceptions among African American youth and young adults
Duties: Qualitative data extraction and coding; qualitative and quantitative data analysis; collaborate on developing manuscripts for journal submission; helped create a community report for our community partners.