All the Children's Hospitals and Clinics dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration with the American Dietetic Association, and licensed with the State of Minnesota. The American Dietetic Association web site has the qualifications of a registered dietitian (RD).

Staff and work areas:

Children's - Minneapolis

Mary Smieja, RD, LD
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic – IP/Outpatient

Cheri Armentrout, MA, RD, LD

Megan Erickson, RD, LD
Cystic Fibrosis – Inpatients and Outpatient Clinic

Caitlin Fellows, RD, LD
Eating Disorders Inpatient

Kate Field, RD, LD

Libby Johnson, MS, RD, LD
Eating Disorders Inpatient and Outpatient, General Inpatients

Karen Moberg, RD, LD
Feeding Clinic,and Outpatient

Rachel Primmer, RD, LD
Hematology/Oncology Outpatients

Erin Reicks, RD, LD
Eating Disorders – Inpatient

Amanda Richter, RD, LD
Eating disorders - Inpatient

Sarah Sather, RD, LD
Hematology/Oncology Clinic – Inpatients

Ellen Wade, MEd, RD, LD
6th Floor, Home Care

Tara Vien, RD, LD, CNSC

Children's - St. Paul

Steffi Beinlich, RD, LD
Ketogenic Diet, Diabetes Clinic

Tami Carpenter, RD, LD
Diabetes Clinic

Janie Cooperman, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Diabetes Clinic

Alicia Crisp, RD, LD
Ketogenic Diet, Inpatients

Katy Ellefson, RD, LD
Diabetes Clinic, Outpatient

Kate Hahn, RD, LD
Diabetes Clinic, Ketogenic Diet, Inpatients

Ginny Kistler, MS, RD, LD

Jenna Platek, MS, RD, LD

Nutrition is Important

Good nutrition supports the growth, development, and overall health of children of all ages. Children in good nutritional status also have better tolerance of treatments, procedures, and surgery. Studies show that children with chronic diseases, developmental disabilities, and special health care needs who have good nutritional status may have fewer illnesses and are less likely to develop complications from illness.

In addition, timely nutrition support and proactive nutrition education can maintain or improve nutritional status.

What Children's Dietitians Do

Dietitians at Children's provide a wide scope of nutrition services for premature infants up to young adults 21 years of age on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, to include inpatient, outpatient in specialty clinics, and general outpatient by referral.

We Provide Service to all Children's Patients

All inpatients have a nutrition screening completed upon admission through a multidisciplinary process including nursing and members of the clinical nutrition team to identify any nutritional risk. Any patient identified at nutritional risk is then followed by a member of the clinical nutrition team during their hospital stay.

Outpatients receive a nutrition assessment by the dietitian during their appointment.

Consultations about a child’s nutrition can be requested by the medical staff, allied health staff, or families.

Meet Our Staff

Members of our staff have up to 30 years of pediatric nutrition experience, and apply it to many programs and clinics at Children's, including: neonatal nutrition, the Cystic Fibrosis Affiliated Center, the Epilepsy Unit working with the ketogenic diet, diabetes clinics, cleft and craniofacial clinics, feeding clinic, and the Developmental Medicine Clinic working with children with Down Syndrome, other syndromes, or special health care needs.

Meet our Staff