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Nutrition Services for Children

Nutrition counseling can help develop a nutrition plan that is best for your child. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for all children, but for some, what they eat is critical to stabilize or maintain their overall health. A specialized diet may be a vital part of their treatment plan.

Our team uses medical nutrition therapy (MNT), an essential component of comprehensive health care. It includes:

  • A comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis.
  • Nutrition intervention planning and implementation using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of an individual's progress over subsequent visits.

We serve children facing conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Malnutrition
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Eating disorders
  • Managing diets for certain genetic conditions

Providers

  • Nutrition Services for Children

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  • Nutrition Services for Children

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    Laura Boquette, RD is a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition, supporting St. Luke's pediatric gastroenterology, neurology, and genetics and metabolic clinics, with primary focus in pediatric nephrology and hypertension. She believes in a balanced and family-centered approach to improving nutrition in children with chronic illness. She serves as the clinical nutrition manager for St. Luke's Children's. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Laura worked as a renal dietitian supporting both adults and children on dialysis.

    Laura is a member of Pediatric Renal Dietitians of North America (PRONA) and was a contributing author to the Pediatric Renal Nutrition Pocket Guide published by PRONA. She graduated from Wayne State University’s coordinated dietetic program and completed her internship in Detroit, MI. She completed training in managing a ketogenic diet for epilepsy through the University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Ketogenic Diet Practicum.

    In her free time. Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking.

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  • Nutrition Services for Children

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    Joanna M. Bork RD, LD specializes in working with infants and children with short bowel syndrome. She enjoys personalizing nutrition regimens and is passionate about helping to improve her patients' quality of life.

    Joanna has a wide range of experience, including neonatal nutrition, pediatric nutrition, failure to thrive, nutrition support and outpatient counseling for a variety of nutritional needs. Initially hired as an adult inpatient dietitian, she soon realized her true love was providing nutritional assistance to younger patients. During her time at St. Luke's, she has served pediatric, PICU and NICU patients, and implemented dietetic services in our NICU.

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  • Nutrition Services for Children

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    Brenda Bourn, RDN, LD, CDCES is dietitian and certified diabetes care education specialist with particular expertise in working with pediatric patients. She is a certified pump trainer for all insulin pumps and also provides training on continuous glucose monitoring.

    Brenda earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho and a master’s degree from University of Phoenix. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis. 

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    Krista Brown, RD, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She is board certified in pediatric nutrition and a certified ModuLife expert for the Crohn’s Disease Exclusion Diet. In addition to general pediatric nutrition, Krista specializes in eating disorders and gastrointestinal diseases, including but not limited to the FODMAP diet, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, food allergies, and enteral nutrition.

    Krista earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from University of Idaho. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, cooking, being outdoors and spending time with her family.

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    Sarah M.C. Brunelle, RD, CNSC, LD is a registered dietitian, board certified in nutrition support. Her focus is in neonatal intensive care and infant nutrition. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Sarah has worked in sports nutrition, adult and pediatric acute clinical care, and community nutrition to educate pregnant and breastfeeding women about proper nutrition. 

    Sarah earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics at Idaho State University, where she also completed her dietetic internship.

    In her free time, Sarah enjoys running and hiking with her dog, skiing, and exploring Idaho with friends. 

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  • Nutrition Services for Children

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    Nichole Cortez, RD is a pediatric dietitian supporting both inpatients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and outpatients in NICU follow-up and dietitian clinics. She has special interest in nourishing newborns through the first year of life.

    Nichole earned a bachelor's degree from Bastyr University, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She received her master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is a veteran of the US Navy.

    In her free time, Nichole enjoys doing anything she can outside, including hiking, running, and gardening. 

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  • Nutrition Services for Children

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    Kody Duclos, RD is passionate about supporting families with proactive, patient-centered nutrition care during their hospital stay.

    Prior to joining St. Luke's Children's, Kody graduated from the University of Idaho's coordinated program in dietetics, where he completed his clinical rotation in pediatrics with a strong inpatient focus.

    In his free time, Kody enjoys hiking, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.

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  • Nutrition Services for Adults

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    Rachel Hernandez, RD, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian serving both children and adults, with a special focus in pediatrics. She is passionate about promoting a healthy body image in all her patients, as well as creating personalized nutrition goals that are manageable for each patient and family. She is board-certified in pediatric nutrition and practices in a wide range of areas including ketogenic diets for epilepsy treatment, healthy eating, enteral nutrition, allergies, FODMAP diet, celiac, vegan/vegetarian diets, as well as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis health and nutrition.

    Rachel is particularly passionate about the ketogenic diet. She obtained her keto training through the University of Michigan Medicine’s Ketogenic Diet Practicum at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital and Nutricia’s Keto University program. 

    Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho while conducting undergraduate research in child feeding and completing coursework through the coordinated program in dietetics. She also interned for many programs, teaching Cooking Matters classes to teens and providing nutrition services through Southwest District Health’s WIC program.

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    Jobeth Kuchar, MS, RD, CSPCC, LD is a registered dietitian who serves children ages 0-17 for a variety of nutrition-related conditions. She has extensive experience in NICU, inpatient, and outpatient pediatric nutrition care. She is a board certified specialist in pediatric critical care and practices in a wide range of areas including infant nutrition, failure to thrive nutrition therapy, healthy eating/weight management, enteral nutrition (tube feeding), food allergies, FODMAP diet, and celiac disease. Jobeth is passionate about working with families to find a nutrition care plan that works for each child.

    Jobeth earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She completed her internship through UNL focusing on clinical and community nutrition. 

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    Gracie McDermott, MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian serving children with a special focus in pediatric hematology/oncology. She places great emphasis on building positive relationships and supporting families both in and out of the hospital setting. Gracie is board-certified in pediatric nutrition and practices in several areas including pediatric gastroenterology, enteral/parenteral nutrition management, and food allergies. She is particularly passionate about working with children who have been diagnosed with cancer and giving them the tools to thrive throughout their treatment course. She firmly believes that “you can’t live a full life on an empty stomach!” 

    Gracie earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She completed her supervised practice and earned a master's degree in clinical nutrition at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gracie has a strong background in pediatric medical nutrition therapy. 

    In her free time, Gracie enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and spending time with her dog, family, and friends.  

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    Danielle Nebeker, RD, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian and nutritionist and is board certified in pediatric nutrition. She supports St. Luke’s pediatric integrative medicine, gastroenterology, and genetics and metabolic clinics, with a primary focus on childhood obesity and eating disorders. She enjoys customizing nutrition treatments for each individual and is passionate about helping to improve her patients' overall health and quality of life.

    Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Idaho. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, standup paddleboarding, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. 

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    Jennifer Roggia MS, LD, RDN works with pediatric inpatients as a clinical dietitian, providing support to patients with a variety of acute and chronic diseases, illnesses, and injuries. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she also worked with adult and geriatric patients.  

    Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences from Chico State University and a master's degree in nutritional science from San Jose State University.

    She lives in Meridian with her husband and two children.  

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    Kimberly Schmidt RD, CSP, LD is board certified in pediatric nutrition. She is the metabolic dietitian with St. Luke’s Clinic – Genetic and Metabolic and oversees the PKU program for the state of Idaho. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Kimberly worked as a renal dietitian at DaVita. 

    Kimberly graduated from Washington State University's coordinated program in dietetics, completing her internship in Tacoma, Washington. 

    In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, skiing and spending time with her family and friends. 

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    Sarah Seppa, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and is certified as a diabetes educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. She specializes in diabetes, prediabetes, and eating disorders, but she also sees patients with a wide variety of nutrition concerns.

    Sarah earned her master's degree in nutrition science from Bastyr University and completed her dietetic internship from the University of Houston. 

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    Shannon Stamper, RD is a registered dietitian serving both children and adults, with special focus in pediatric nutrition, healthy weight gain, and cystic fibrosis. She is passionate about improving body image and increasing motivation for physical activity using bioelectrical impedance analysis. For her cystic fibrosis patients, Shannon develops clear and concise plans based on her patients' unique dietary needs and provides additional advocacy and support as an active member of the St. Luke's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho's patient and family advisory board (PFAB).

    Shannon earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship and Idaho State University's Meridian Health Science Center. 

    In her free time, she likes spending time with the important people in her life, fixing up her home, watching Netflix, hiking, and exploring Idaho.

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    Melissa Wallinga, MS, RD, CSPCC, LD is a board certified specialist in pediatric critical care nutrition. Her focus is on inpatient pediatric critical care nutrition and malnutrition. She has also completed a certificate of training in childhood and adolescent weight management and has experience working with both youth and collegiate athletes.

    Melissa is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical nutrition at Rutgers University. She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Northwestern College and her master's degree in nutrition and exercise from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has conducted research on both school-based childhood obesity prevention programming and nutrition knowledge and nutrient intake of NCAA athletes.

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Classes & Events

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    Next Date & Time
    Monday, May 10, 2021 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    Learn how to make more room on your plate for foods-as-grown and minimize highly processed and excessive animal foods.

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    Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    We will discuss the role of lifestyle as medicine in preventing, treating, and possibly even reversing common chronic diseases.

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    Next Date & Time
    Monday, May 17, 2021 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    In this class, we will review and discuss the various aspects of your environment and explores ways to promote and encourage healthy eating habits.

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    Next Date & Time
    Monday, May 24, 2021 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    Learn about the difference in calorie density and volume of food and how this can benefit overall health and baseline weight.