North Star Lodge certified oncology dietitians; Lena Gill, Kim McCorquodale and Carli Hill 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. There are currently 372 CSOs in the USA and 3 of 13 CSOs in Washington State are at North Star Lodge.
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 1st 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.”
Carli is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences with a specialization in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Central Washington University. Carli chose to work in oncology nutrition because of the impact she has seen nutrition and diet have on patients going through treatment. She has worked at North Star Lodge for over four years and enjoys getting to know the patients and their families. She lives in Ellensburg, Washington with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. “When not working, I love to go hiking and horseback riding.”
Join the North Star Lodge dietitians for an evening program about eating cancer out of your life. Recipes and samples will be provided.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
North Star Lodge Community Room