North Star Lodge certified oncology dietitians; Lena Gill, Kim McCorquodale and Emily Reynolds help patients manage the side effects of treatment that affect their ability to eat well. These CSOs or Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition are registered dietitians (RD) who have become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) by practicing for at least 2 years, with at least 2,000 hours of experience in oncology, and the successful completion of a nationally administered exam.
Lena has worked in the nutrition field for fourteen years including the areas of food service management as well as pediatrics, long-term care and home infusion before finding her true niche in oncology nutrition. As an oncology dietitian, Lena enjoys empowering her patients by providing them with the knowledge they can use to maintain their nutritional status in spite of diagnosis and potential treatment related side effects. “When I’m not working at North Star, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and running with friends.”
Kim’s journey to becoming a registered dietitian and Certified Specialist in Oncology nutrition (CSO) is different than most. She received her first degree in nutrition from the University of Washington in 1984 then delayed her education until 2007 when she completed her second degree and internship in 2007. She joined the team at North Star Lodge in 2008. “Oncology nutrition is of great interest personally to me as my family genetics is full of cancer. I also enjoy the mix of continued learning, community education, and patient interaction that are a vital part of our department’s goals.”
Emily is a Registered Dietitian and graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics. She enjoys working in this field because of the impact nutrition has on everyone’s health and daily life. “While completing my education I fell in love with oncology and feel it is truly where my passion lies. I enjoy getting to know and help the patients and families while they undergo treatment here at North Star Lodge. I especially enjoy the lifestyles and people of the Yakima Valley and appreciate the abundant outdoor opportunities available here.”