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“I became a dietitian because I wanted to be able to sort fact from fiction in the stream of nutrition-related information that we all encounter on a near-daily basis. I wanted to make sense of it and help other people achieve a healthier relationship with food. Food is one of our most basic needs and it is meant not only to nourish and energize us, but also to be enjoyed and celebrated!”

— Patty DiLorenzo, MS, RD


sarah kwilecki 

“I initially wanted to go to culinary school but had a cousin becoming a dietitian around the same time I was going to college and I had never heard of a dietitian but thought it sounded interesting! Being a dietitian has allowed me to combine science, anatomy, and research with nutrition and how all of this relates to patients that I see on a daily basis that are living with chronic medical conditions. I really enjoy working with the medical team and learning from the providers about what is going on from a medical standpoint with a patient and then translate that into how I can help the patient with their nutrition to complement their care. ” 

Sarah Kwilecki, RD, CNSC


“I enjoy taking the basic foundations of nutrition and applying them to these different settings and working with different patient populations. Whether I am working with a collegiate athlete, hospital patient, or resident in a nursing home I love that I can have an impact on their health with nutrition. I started in Dietetics because I grew up running track in high school which sparked my interest in nutrition. I was interested in what foods would benefit my performance and becoming a better athlete.”

— Nicole Franqui, MS, RD


Lanita Williams 

“This job allowed me to combine my love for science and health. Also, being a dietitian challenges me to help those with complex chronic illnesses so that they may have better quality of life.”

— Lanita Williams, RD


Karen Walsh 

“I became interested in nutrition and cooking when I was a teenager in an effort try to control my weight. I enjoy working with team members that are dedicated to improving our residents' lives.” 

Karen Walsh, RD


“I enjoy helping patients improve their nutritional status which can help to improve their health. I find working as a team with other disciplines and seeing improvements in patients is very rewarding. My job also helps me to realize to never take anything for granted.”

— Paige Williams, RD


lauren giddings 

Meet Lauren Giddings. Giddings is a Clinical Dietitian (RD) and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). 2022 will mark her 27th year with Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. 


“I enjoy taking the basic foundations of nutrition and applying them to these different settings and working with different patient populations. Whether I am working with a collegiate athlete, hospital patient, or resident in a nursing home I love that I can have an impact on their health with nutrition. I started in Dietetics because I grew up running track in high school which sparked my interest in nutrition. I was interested in what foods would benefit my performance and becoming a better athlete.”

— Lauren Coghill, RD


“I have always been interested in how the body reacts when different things are done to it: Move your body this way, and you are in pain or twist something. Eat certain things and your body reacts. Dietetics encompassed this interest. I also wanted a career where I could work with patients on a day to day basis instead of sitting at a desk.”

— Kathy LaMarsh Boland, RD