Pediatric Clinical Nutrition

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Pediatric Clinical Nutrition

As one of the largest pediatric nutrition teams in Texas, the dietitians at Children's Health℠ are here to develop a nutrition plan that is best for your child.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for all kids, but for some, what they eat is critical to stabilize or maintain their overall health. When your child is facing a condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, kidney disease or gastrointestinal complications, a specialized diet is a vital part of their treatment plan. 

Our team offers expert knowledge and can coordinate diets for common conditions, as well as complex medical conditions. Registered dietitians that are assigned to our specialized outpatient clinics, such as cystic fibrosis, metabolics, oncology and cardiology, work hand-in-hand with your family to provide long-term dietary support for your child


Fax: 214-456-2003
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Fax: 469-303-0670
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Park Cities

Fax: 469-488-7001
Ste 106

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  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
    • Choose, orange and dark green vegetables.
    • Fruit, vegetables or unsalted make great snacks.
  • Switch to skim or 1% milk
    • Get the same amount of calcium and other nutrients with less fat and calories.
    • Try calcium-fortified soy products as a dairy alternative.
  • Make at least half of your grains whole
    • Choose 100% whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers etc.
    • Check the ingredients to fine whole-grain foods.
  • Vary your protein food choices
    • Make seafood the protein on your plate twice a week.
    • Eat beans - a natural source of fiber and protein.
    • Keep meat and poultry portion small and lean.

Our outpatient nutrition clinic takes time to develop a diet that makes sense for your child and your family.

Should a physician refer your child to the Children’s Health outpatient nutrition clinic, our registered dietitians will get to know your child and your family’s lifestyle. We will develop a balanced diet that consists of a variety of foods, help set schedules, and plan snacks and meals that improve your child’s overall health. We can also recommend ways to integrate your child’s new diet into your family’s mealtimes so you have the best chance of success in helping treat your child’s condition.

Eating breakfast is the best way to start the day, for children and adults alike.
Kara Gann, Clinical Dietitian

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) that uses the latest innovative approaches to treating complex health conditions.

If your child is suffering from a complex health condition, we may be able to help them through nutritional modification. Our physicians and registered dietitians are on the cutting edge of nutrition therapy and can recommend research-based diets, such as the Ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy and glucose transporter type 1 (Glut1) deficiency syndrome, a rare genetic metabolic disorder. Our team is dedicated to finding what works best for your child and helping them develop new, sustainable eating habits to maintain overall health. Learn more about medical nutrition therapy.


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For Healthcare Professionals

The Clinical Nutrition department at Children’s Health produces the Pediatric Nutrition Handbook and Formulary. This handbook serves as the primary nutrition reference within the hospital and is an essential resource for dietitians and other healthcare professionals.

Meet the Care Team

  • Claire Usala, MD Pediatrician
  • Brandi Allen
    Brandi Allen Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Page Meachum, RD, CSP, LD
    Page Meachum, RD, CSP, LD Metabolic Dietitian
  • Cinthia Piva Blackburn
    Cinthia Piva Blackburn Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Carly Brenner
    Carly Brenner Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Julia  Brown, RD
    Julia Brown, RD Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Kendall Castles
    Kendall Castles Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • MC
    Marjorie Craven Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Erin  Donovan, MS, RDN, SCP, LD
    Erin Donovan, MS, RDN, SCP, LD Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Sarah Dundas
    Sarah Dundas Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Kara  Gann
    Kara Gann Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Jennifer  Gilbreath
    Jennifer Gilbreath Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • AG
    Anna Glover Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Alex  Goolsby
    Alex Goolsby Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Katherine  Green
    Katherine Green Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Megan Hall
    Megan Hall Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Elisabeth  Harris
    Elisabeth Harris Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Amy Holcombe
    Amy Holcombe Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Stacie Hunter
    Stacie Hunter Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • SJ
    Sridevi Jagadeesan Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Karen Malouf  Jasso
    Karen Malouf Jasso Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Ashley Kim
    Ashley Kim Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Emily  Lukowski
    Emily Lukowski Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Dana McKay, RD
    Dana McKay, RD Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • AM
    Annette Mica Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Allison Morrow
    Allison Morrow Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Colleen Parks
    Colleen Parks Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Emily  Patterson
    Emily Patterson Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Michaelann Rangel
    Michaelann Rangel Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Jill  Rockwell
    Jill Rockwell Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Betsy Rogg
    Betsy Rogg Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • OS
    Otoniel Santiago Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • TS
    Taylor Sedate Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Karyn  Shaw
    Karyn Shaw Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • ES
    Emily Smith Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Twyala Smith
    Twyala Smith Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Juana Montelongo  Soto
    Juana Montelongo Soto Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • AT
    Allison Thrower Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Catherine Tiseo
    Catherine Tiseo Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • JT
    Jillian Toomay Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • SV
    Shari Vancura Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Laura  Walker
    Laura Walker Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • MW
    Molly Williams Registered Dietitian (RD)