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Nutritional Counseling for Adults

Nutrition counseling for adults can help you personalize your plate and create a sustainable nutrition approach that fits your individual needs for today and into the future. Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists is dedicated to helping you improve your health through evidence-based nutrition education and counseling.

Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life through medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT intervention, dietitians counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health.

Medical nutrition therapy 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.

Our team provides medical nutrition therapy and other services for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular diseases: congestive heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia
  • Diabetes: types 1 and 2, gestational and pre-diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: celiac disease, IBS, cirrhosis, Crohn's disease
  • Pulmonary disease: COPD
  • Renal disease
  • Weight management
  • Diverticulitis
  • Enteral and parenteral nutrition
  • Food allergies
  • Liver disease
  • Vegetarianism
  • Osteoporosis
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    Charmin Aschenbrener, RD earned her bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and completed her dietetic internship at Idaho State University. She is a facilitator for both the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle improvement course; and Cooking Matters, classes on healthy eating and cooking.

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    Alyssa Gallagher, RD is a certified diabetes educator with special interests in prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, and diabetes during pregnancy. She has particular expertise in low carb nutrition, weight management, and prenatal nutrition. Alyssa likes working with her patients to make lifelong, sustainable changes to help prevent and treat medical conditions.

    In addition to seeing patients, Alyssa is a preceptor for dietetic interns at Idaho State University.

    Alyssa earned bachelor's degrees in education from Western Oregon University and in nutrition from Oregon State University. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing, or biking with her family.

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    Linda J. Kees, RDN, LD, CNSC is a dietitian and nutritionist specializing in wellness, FODMAP diets and "gut" nutrition, sports nutrition, weight loss, vegan and vegetarian diets, Mediterranean lifestyle, and nutrition support (tube feeding and IV nutrition). She enjoys personalizing nutrition education and is passionate about improving the mind, body, and spirit through healthy nutrition.

    Linda has a wide range of experience, including private practice, home infusion, ICU, working with WAMI and graduate students in nutrition, and midwifery clinics. She also worked to create a menu cycle and recipe creation and testing for Idaho State Patrol cadets to prevent weight loss.

    Linda has several published articles and abstracts including poster presentations of two ASPEN abstracts re: “Incidence of Nutritional Complications after Bariatric Surgery” 2013 and “Reducing Aluminum Content in TPN solutions” 2014 (co-author).

    She also presented a poster session of an abstract, at the 1993 annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics re: “Knowledge Retention and Diabetes Education”. Additional articles include U.S.M.S. Swimmer Magazine, Nov. 2007 and Light & Tasty Magazine, Jan 2005.

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    Joanna Krieger, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a licensed dietitian in the state of Idaho, and is a certified pharmacy technician. 

    Joanna earned her bachelor's degree in food and nutrition from Idaho State University. She has a passion for learning new things and continues to expand her knowledge and expertise in a variety of different areas of clinical nutrition.

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    Susan McCandless, RDN, LDN is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist focusing on a personalized approach to health and healing for patients with chronic diseases. She focuses on identifying root causes and system imbalances and uses food as medicine to improve health. 

    As a certified intuitive eating counselor, Susan incorporates non-dieting weight loss strategies into her care plans. Her services include after-hours appointments, individual and family counseling, group nutrition programs, and cooking classes. 

    Susan earned her bachelor's degree in clinical nutrition and food science from the University of California at Berkeley, and she interned with the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. She has a passion for health and culinary arts and spends her free time cooking for family and friends. 

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    Rachel K. Myers, RD, LD, CDE is a certified diabetes educator and a patient educator at St. Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center. She has worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian, and has experience with heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, kidney disease, wound care, and geriatrics.

    Rachel served in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic and plane captain, and in the Army as a platoon leader and military intelligence analyst. She is a recipient of the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and the Army Commendation Medal.

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    Joselyn Read, RD teaches a number of community nutrition education courses, including healthy cooking classes, and is a facilitator of the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program). She has a special interest in plant-based eating to reduce risk of chronic disease and optimize overall health. 

    Josie earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho. In addition to her passions for nutrition and cooking, Josie enjoys spending time outside mountain biking and running.


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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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    Melissa A. Sleight, RDN, CSP, LD is a registered dietitian and a specialist in pediatric nutrition. She has a passion for educating patients of all ages about improving health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. She loves seeing her patients motivated to improve their health each day.

    Melissa earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and food science from Utah State University and is a member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Group as part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also involved at the local level as a member of Magic Valley Dietitians.

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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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    Danielle Wagner, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian with a passion for educating patients, providing tube feedings, and total parental nutrition. She helps with Cooking Matters to educate people on basic nutrition and how to make healthier choices. She is also a member of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Danielle earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from Idaho State University.

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    Julie Walker, RDN, LD, CDE has over 30 years as a certified diabetes educator. She participates in local, regional, and national campaigns to improve the lives of people with diabetes. She serves as the consumer protection coordinator for the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to ensure the public receives safe, effective, and reliable nutrition services.

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Classes & Events

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    Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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    Learn about the difference in calorie density and volume of food and how this can benefit overall health and baseline weight.

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    Thursday, Jun 03, 2021 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
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    Learn to understand the difference between emotional eating and physical hunger.

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    Monday, Apr 19, 2021 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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    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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    Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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    In this class, we will review and discuss the various aspects of your environment and explores ways to promote and encourage healthy eating habits.&nbsp;<br />