South Dakota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Work With a Dietitian

There are many ways to work a with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The most common way is to call your local hospital or clinic that employs dietitians and request an appointment. Some RDNs work in private practice, in gyms or other settings and can be found online, through referrals, social media accounts or via our Find a Dietitian Directory below.  


Find a Dietitian

With over 300 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in South Dakota, there is most likely one to suit your needs! View the Find a Dietitian Directory to find one near you.

Speaker &
Spokesperson Bureau

The SDAND Speaker & Spokesperson Bureau provides a database of members with different specialty areas and speaking experience willing to speak at your events.


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Find a Dietitian Directory

To be listed in the Find a Dietitian Directory, complete THIS FORM. The directory is only updated on an annual basis in August each year. Submissions received after August 15 may not be added to the directory immediately.

Clinical Nutrition (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Mary Auch, MS, RDN, LN

Workplace/Contact: Sanford Vermillion Medical Center / 605-677-3636 /

Melissa Bardsley, MS, RD, LN, CDE

Specialty: Renal, Diabetes
Workplace/Contact: Regional Health /

Sara Berreth, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Clinical Dietitian, Consultant Dietitian
Workplace/Contact: 605-695-8964 /

Mindy Donovan, RDN, LN

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health Chamberlain

Mary Dressing, RD, LN

Specialty: Eating Disorders
Workplace/Contact: / 605-322-5890

Jordan Eichacker, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Clinical and Outpatient Nutrition Counseling
Workplace/Contact: Madison Regional Health System, Madison, SD / 605-256-8684 /

Ellen Grimlie, RDN, LN

Speciality: Inpatient Clinical Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health / 605-333-7133

Veronica Handeland, MPH, RD, LN, CLC

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition, Diabetes
Workplace/Contact: Cheyenne River Health Center

Andrea Hanson, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Enterprise Coordinated Care
Workplace/Contact: Avera Health / 605-322-6664 /

Kim Hepper, RD, LN, CDE

Specialty: Diabetes Education & Weight Management
Workplace/Contact: Regional Health Medical Clinic, Department of Spearfish Regional Hospital

Debra Keuten, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Clinical Dietitian, Renal Nutrition

Jason Kingsbury, RD, LN

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics  
Workplace/Contact: 402-350-4624

Leanne Kramer, RDN, LN

Speciality: Bariatric Nutrition, Weight Management
Workplace/Contact: / 605-333-2196

Margaret Kuiper RDN, MA, CDE, LN

Specialty: Inpatient and outpaitnet, specializing in Diabetes and Weight Loss

Mollie Loes, RDN, LN

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Avera Queen of Peace /

Allison Lutz, RD LN CDE

Specialty: Diabetes, Outpatient Nutrition Therapy
Workplace/Contact: Sioux Falls VA /

Chase Merfeld, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Outpatient Nutrition Therapy
Workplace/Contact: Sioux Falls VA /

Nancy Miller, MS, RDN, CDE

Specialty: Nephrology
Workplace/Contact: Avera Dialysis

Helen Nichols, RD LN CDE

Specialty: Diabetes, Weight Management, Gluten Free
Workplace/Contact: 605-390-5090

Theresa Nordin, RD, LN

Specialty: Pediatrics
Workplace/Contact: Rapid City Regional Health / 605-755-8253

Kelsey Raml, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Outpatient Nutrition Counseling: Weight Management, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Wellness
Workplace/Contact: Brown Clinic, 511 14th Ave NE, Watertown, SD / 605.884.4226 /

Becky Schaible, RD, LN

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition
Sodexo / Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, 401 9th Ave NW, Watertown, SD / / 605-882-7874

April Sorensen, RDN

Workplace/Contact: Faulkton Area Medical Center & Nutrition & Fitness Solutions, LLC, Faulkton, SD 57438 / 605-751-9043

Lisa Stark, RDN, CDE, CNSC

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health / 605-333-7130

Sarah Straight, RD, CSG, LN

Specialty: Gerontological Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: VA Black Hills Healthcare System /

Katherine Thomsen, MS, RDN

Specialty: Clinical Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Avera Queen of Peace /

Tami Toczek, RDN, LN, LMNT

Specialty: Diabetes & Dialysis Nutrition

Cathy Jo Tooley, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: GI Disorders
Workplace/Contact: Avera Medical Group Gastroenterology

Katy VanderWal, RD, LN

Specialty: Clinical Dietitian, Outpatient and Diabetic Education, Long Term Care, Consulting
Workplace/Contact: Brookings Health System / 605-696-8027 /

Marni Whalen, MS, RD, LN, CDE

Specialty: Weight Management, Diabetes, Wellness

Melissa Wilcoxon, RDN, LN

Specialty: Outpatient Services
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health / 605-328-1518

L. Ann Wipf, RD, LN

Specialty: Outpatient Dialysis Dietitian
Workplace/Contact: Avera Dialysis, 1315 S. Cliff Ave. Suite 4000, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Hope Witte, RDN, LN, CDE

Specialty: Outpatient Services
Workplace/Contact: VA Black Hills Health Care System /

Bill Wonnenberg, RD, LN

Specialty: Diabetes Management, Foodservice Director, Weight Loss Management, Rosebud Indian Reservation

Education, Research, & Public Health

Lacey Arneson McCormack, PhD, MPH, RD, LN, EP-C

Specialty: Research and Education, Rural Food Environment, Public Health Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: South Dakota State University /

Francesca Benson, MS, RDN

Specialty: Community & Public Health Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: SDSU Extension /

Jackie Binder, MS, RD, LN, LMNT

Specialty: WIC Consultant
Workplace/Contact: 605-660-0688

Chris Comstock, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Nutrition Education, Sustainability
Workplace/Contact: South Dakota State University /

Pam Evenson, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Regulatory
Workplace/Contact: SD Department of Health, Office of Licensure and Certification / 605-367-5441

Alyssa Gehle, MPH, RDN, LN

Specialty: Community Nutrition, Public Health
Workplace/Contact: / 605-367-8031

Becky Jensen, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Education, Internship Director, Community Outreach
Workplace/Contact: SDSU Health & Nutrition Sciences /

Megan Jacobson, MS, LN, RDN

Speciality: Certified Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Trainer
Workplace/Contact: SDSU Extension, 1800 E Spruce St, Mitchell, SD 57301 / 605-995-7382 /

Megan Hlavacek, MS , RDN, LN, CLC

Specialty: Community and Public Health Nutrition

Consulting & Long-Term Care

Janice Brandenburger, RDN, LN

Specialty: LTC, ALC, Dialysis
Workplace/Contact: 605-480-0952 /

Lindsey Hays, RDN, LN

Specialty: Long-Term Care, Acute Care, Clinical Nutrition, Functional Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Legacy Healthcare (Rapid City LTC Facilities) /

Kelsey Johnson, RD, LN

Specialty: Consultant Dietitian for Long Term Care, Critical Access Hospitals & Assisted Living Facilities
Workplace/Contact: / 605-870-1036 /

Kelly Messner, RD LN

Specialty: Transplant, Kidney Disease, Long Term Care
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Transplant / 605-328-9286

Kristen Meyer, RD, LN

Specialty: Consultant Dietitian- Assisted Livings/Long-Term Care; Food Service Management; Clinical Nutrition

Elli Nyberg, MS, RDN, LN, LD

Specialty: LTC, ALF, Hospital Consulting
Workplace/Contact: 605-359-1065 /

Carol A. Pitts, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Consultant Dietitian
Workplace/Contact: / 605-695-5770

Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD, LN, LD

Specialty: Geriatric nutrition, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities
Workplace/Contact: Dakota Dietitians /

Food Service

Karen Klinker, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Food Service Director
Workplace/Contact: Avera Queen of Peace / / 605-995-2434

Kelsey Rounds, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Food Service
Workplace/Contact: 605-295-0130

Mary Beth Russell, MS, RD, LN, CDE

Specialty: Director of Food and Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Avera Heart Hospital / 605-997-7160


Kayla Aman, RDN, LN

Specialty: Retail Dietetics
Workplace/Contact: Hy-Vee, 790 22nd Ave South, Brookings, SD 57006 / 605-696-5486

Danielle Miller, RD, LN

Workplace/Contact: Hy-Vee, Watertown, SD

Kaitlyn Tusha, MS, RD, LN

Speciality: Retail Dietetics
Workplace/Contact: Yankton & Vermillion HyVee / 605-665-3412 /

Melissa Vondrak, RDN, LN

Specialty: Retail, Counseling; Celiac Disease/Gluten-Free Diet
Workplace/Contact: Empire HyVee, 4101 S Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD / 605-361-0313 /

School Nutrition

Krista Leischner, MS, RD, LN

Speciality: School Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Rapid City Area Schools /

Specialty Dietitians

Annie Ailts, MS, RDN, LN, IFNCP

Specialty: Functional Medicine, Women's Health, Hormone Balance, Digestive Issues, Food Intolerances, Thyroid Irregularity, Autoimmune Disorders, Weight Management
Workplace/Contact: Avera Functional Medicine Clinic /

Christa Biegler, RD, LN, CLT

Specialty: Digestive, Skin, Autoimmunity, Inflammation, Allergies & Sensitivities, Functional Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: /

Melinda Boyd, DCN, MPH, MHR, RD, LN, FAND

Specialty:  Weight Management, Women’s Health, Vegetarian Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Ellsworth AFB /

Whitney (Jerman) Blindert, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Dairy, Agriculture, Public Speaking

Tanja Cutting, MS, RD, CDE, LN

Specialty: Diabetes, Sports Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Cut N’ Run Sports Nutrition /

Theresa Eral, RD

Specialty: Plant-Based Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: 605-545-0646

Elizabeth Kasparek, MS, RD, CSSD, LN

Speciality: Sports Nutrition
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Sports Science Institute / / 605-312-7878

Amanda Lambrechts, MS, RD, LN

Specialty: Eating Disorders, Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size (HAES)®, FODMAPs/IBS
Workplace/Contact: Spilling the Beans Nutrition, LLC / /

Elli Nyberg, MS, RDN, LN, LD

Specialty: Long-Term Care, Assisted Living, Hospice, School Nutrition, Food Service Management, Menu Planning, Hospital Clinical Nutrition, Consultant Dietitian   
Workplace/Contact: 605-359-1065 /

Celine Thompson, MS, RDN, LN

Specialty: Women's Health, Infertility, Digestive, Hormone Balance, Period Problems, PCOS, Prenatal & Postnatal
Workplace/Contact: /

Worksite Wellness

Emily Hofer, MS, RD, LN, CHWC

Specialty: Worksite Wellness, Lifestyle Medicine
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health Plan /

Lindsay Stern, MPH, RD, LN, CHWC

Specialty: Worksite Wellness
Workplace/Contact: Sanford Health Plan /

Speaker & Spokesperson Bureau

Available Speakers

If you are interested in having one of the below speakers at your upcoming event, please contact them directly using their contact information listed.

Available Spokespersons

If you are in need of a spokesperson for an article or media appearance, please contact them directly using their contact information listed.

Speaker Sponsorship

SDAND will consider a matching stipend up to $250 for speakers selected from the Speaker & Spokesperson Bureau to help defray travel and speaking fees. Applications are considered based on available funds, with the fiscal year restarting in June. APPLY HERE for the Speaker Sponsorship after you’ve contacted your preferred speaker. Request receipt of application by emailing

SDAND sponsorship must be recognized in your organization's marketing for the event and evaluations of the event must be sent to SDAND at:

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Joining the speaker & Spokesperson’s bureau

If you are a member of SDAND and have, 1) Been a member of SDAND for two years; 2) Have speaking experience; 3) Would like your topics that promote roles of the RDN to be shared with complementary organizations or listed as a resource for media outlets, please apply for the SDAND Speaker & Spokesperson Bureau by filling out this application.

SDAND Speaker & Spokesperson Bureau members are required to include that they are partially funded via SDAND and include a slide about how to work with a dietitian in their presentation.