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Instructor, Applied Health Sciences

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  • I am a Chicagoland native. Having studied dietetics as an undergraduate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I went on to complete my dietetic internship here at Loyola University Chicago. I have worked as a clinical dietitian at Loyola University Medical Center since December 2014, with a focus in lung transplantation and nutrition support therapy. In 2019, I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master's in clinical nutrition. I have enjoyed participating in the Loyola dietetic internship program, both as a preceptor and as an instructor for the Medical Nutrition Therapy Theory course. When not at work or teaching, I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and going on long walks with my pup.

    Research Interest

    My special interests include the nutrition management of lung transplant recipients and individuals with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Currently, we are conducting a retrospective study on changes in serum fat-soluble vitamin levels in individuals with CF who undergo lung transplant. I have been largely involved in a nationwide quality initiative to improve relational coordination between referring CF centers and lung transplant centers to optimize the patient's transition of care.


    Education
    • BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • MS in Clinical Nutrition, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Dietetic Internship Certificate, Loyola University Chicago

    What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

    I have been in the Loyola system for 8 years now and could not imagine calling any other institution "home". The culture at Loyola, both in the academic setting and in the hospital, is one of community and helping - the willingness to help others no matter the ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation. The people you work with become a 2nd family.