The Department of Clinical Nutrition’s registered dietitians (RDs) provide a wide range of services for patients of all ages, including assessment, developing care plans, monitoring and education. For children with special health care needs, a good nutritional status helps to minimize complications from illness, medical treatments and surgery.

Our RDs have nutritional training and specialized experience with divisions or conditions, such as digestive disorders, diabetes or kidney problems. Their expertise helps provide high-quality care as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Nurses, physicians and family members may also request the services of an RD at any time during a child's hospital stay. An RD will discuss concerns or questions about a child's diet, growth or special needs.


Nutritional services are incorporated into our patients’ overall treatment plans. RDs provide nutritional assessments, with intervention and counseling as needed.

Services include:

  • Calculating caloric daily needs
  • Recommending nutrition support
  • Developing goals for individuals receiving intravenous nutrition
  • Creating individualized nutrition care plans

We partner with medical teams to provide specialized care tailored to your child and their needs. We also treat children for nutritional risk, including:

  • Weight for age below the fifth percentile or over the 95th percentile on a standardized growth chart
  • Special diets (i.e., food allergy, diabetic, kidney or cardiac restrictions)
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), tube feedings or special formula use
  • Recent unintentional weight loss
  • Difficulty chewing, eating or swallowing

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Programs

The Department of Clinical Nutrition collaborates with many specialized programs across the hospital to best meet our patients' needs.

Pediatric Nutrition Specialists & Registered Dietitians

The Department of Clinical Nutrition has 34 registered dietitians (RDs) and three registered dietetic technicians on staff. RDs have different areas of expertise and work with a multidisciplinary team ​of healthcare providers.

Services are provided from approximately 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. six days a week. RDs are on call each evening until 8 p.m., on holidays and one day of the week​end.

Jessica Almanza, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Katie Arduini, RD, LDN, CLS

Registered Dietitian

Heather Bausell, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Robyn Blackford, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Florencia Brioni, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Adriana Bueno, NDTR

Dietetic Technician

Natalie Eubank, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Melissa Freeman, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Clinical Nutrition Manager

Nicole Haggerty, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Agnes Kim, RD, LDN, CNSC, CLC

Registered Dietitian

Alyssa Klehr, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Anne Kozek, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Octavia Lindsey, DTR

Nutrition Services Coordinator

Wes Lowman, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Natalie Novak, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Barbara Pearl, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian; Manager, Outpatient Nutrition/Pediatric Dietitian Wellness & Weight Management Clinic

Sally Schwartz, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Brianna Sommer, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Elisa Stegman, RD, LDN, CNSC

Registered Dietitian

Patrice Swiontek, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Brooke Kurkjian, RD

Registered Dietitian

Lisa Arteaga, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian, Clinical Nutrition; Endocrinology

Emily Hobbs, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietician

Katherine Pisabaj, RDN

Registered Dietician

Our Locations

Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie

3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Northbrook

1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Grayslake

1475 E. Belvidere Rd. (Rte. 120)
Suite 285, Pavilion C
Grayslake, Illinois 60030-2012

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After discharge, a child may still require the services of a dietitian through outpatient services. If your child was treated by a registered dietitian during an inpatient stay at Lurie Children’s, please follow up with the dietitian directly. You may also contact the division that cared for your child. The nutrition services follow up is often incorporated into a specialty outpatient appointment.

Clinical Nutrition is currently accepting new patients. If required, appointments may also be scheduled solely with the outpatient dietitian. A physicial referral is required. If you need further assistance, please call the Department of Clinical Nutrition at 312.227.4047.

Dietetic Internship

The Department of Clinical Nutrition offers a full dietetic internship specializing in pediatric nutrition. This program is offered through Andrews University.