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Meet the Clinical Nutrition Team

Dietitians

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    Sydney Antolini, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.S.P.C.C., is a pediatric clinical dietitian in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's National Hospital. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Dayton. She went on to earn her master's degree in nutrition and complete her dietitian internship through the University of Mississippi's coordinated program with an emphasis on pediatric nutrition. She is an involved member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. She is a board-certified specialist in Pediatric Critical Care (CSPCC).

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    Kayla Bergman, M.S., R.D., C.S.P., L.D., A.C.E.-C.H.C., a pediatric clinic dietitian. She completed undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in genetics and dietetics. Kayla completed her dietetic internship at Saint Louis University with an emphasis in pediatrics. She went on to receive her master’s degree from Saint Louis University in medical dietetics. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition and a Certified Health Coach.

    Kayla has worked in a variety of clinical settings over her career, including adult critical care, inpatient rehabilitation and inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. She has served as guest lecturer discussing the role of nutrition in brain injury and stroke, lupus, multiple sclerosis and oncology. Kayla currently focuses on pediatric critical care, metabolic disorders and pediatric malnutrition.

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    Sydney Blakeslee, M.S., R.D., is a clinical dietitian for the General Nutrition Outpatient Clinics and Gastroenterology Division at Children’s National Hospital. She completed a five-year combined Bachelor and Master of Science program at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Sydney obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Dietetics in May of 2019. She became a registered dietitian in July of 2019. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

  • Clinical Nutrition Manager

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    Angela Boadu, R.D., L.D./L.D.N., is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Children's National Hospital. She has been with the hospital since 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009, then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship in 2011. She has completed her certificate of training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.

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    Christy Bock, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is an outpatient pediatric dietitian serving the children and families of the multidisciplinary Improving Diet, Energy and Activity of Life (IDEAL) Weight Management Clinic and the surgical bariatric nutrition program. She is a resourceful and personable dietitian who has helped children and adults experience success within weight management, nutrition related illnesses and diseases, as well as conditions associated with poor nutrition. She first earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Stout, then completed her dietetic internship at C.W. Post in Brookville, NY and is currently pursuing her Master's in Nutrition and Dietetics through Central Michigan University's online campus.

  • Lead Inpatient Dietitian

    Pediatric Dietitian Expert

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    Sarah Davis, R.D., C.N.S.C., C.S.P., L.D., is a clinical dietitian in the Cardiac ICU as well as the dietitian for the Single Ventricle Taskforce team at Children’s National Hospital. She completed undergraduate training at Missouri State University with a degree in Health Sciences and Nutrition and later completed her didactic requirements at Fontbonne University. Sarah completed her Dietetics Internship at St. Louis University. In addition, she is a board-certified nutrition support clinician and a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. Sarah serves as a member of the Nutrition and Growth Learning Lab for the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC).

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    Bailey Goggin, R.D.N., L.D., started her career at Children’s National Hospital in October 2020 with the Endocrinology and Diabetes team. Bailey graduated in 2017 from Eastern Illinois University and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2019. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in nutrition through Texas Tech University. Her areas of interest include diabetes, sports nutrition and intuitive eating.

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    Emma Goll is an outpatient pediatric dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Vermont in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Sciences in 2020. Emma completed her Dietetic Internship Program at Cedar Crest College in 2021 and is currently working towards her Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition at Cedar Crest College. Emma is the outpatient eating disorder dietitian with both the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Psychiatry divisions. She also works in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome (CANDO) program. 

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    Rachael Levy, R.D., L.D.N., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her undergraduate degree at Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Nutrition in 2016. In June 2017, Rachael completed her dietetic internship through Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She became a registered dietitian in August 2017. Rachael started her career at Children’s National in February 2020. Currently, she works with the intestinal rehabilitation team. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group.

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    Kelsey Lloyd, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is a clinical pediatric dietitian at Children’s National Hospital for the psychiatry unit focusing on disordered eating treatment through completing nutritional assessments, intervention, and education for patients and families. She completed her B.S. in nutritional science in 2017 as well as a combined M.S. in nutrition and Dietetic Internship in 2019 at Boston University.

     

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    Annie McLemore, MS, RDN, LD, joined Children’s National in July 2021 after completing her dietetic internship at VCUHealth in Richmond, VA. She obtained her B.S. in dietetics from Louisiana State University in 2016, and her M.S. in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in 2020. She serves as a board member for the DC Metro Area Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a member of the Academy’s Pediatric Nutrition dietetic practice group. She is currently working in a staff relief capacity.

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    Nina Mickle, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a pediatric clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies at Western Connecticut State University before earning her Master of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College in 2018. Nina completed her dietetic internship and training at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in 2019. Currently, she covers several teams at Children’s National, including some general medicine teams, complex care and pulmonology, where she sees a wide variety of diagnoses and varying nutrition needs.

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    Caitlin Morris, R.D.N. is an outpatient clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital in the Improving Diet, Energy and Activity for Life (IDEAL) weight management and bariatric surgery clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University in 2020. She then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She has a background in personal training and enjoys finding creative ways to motivate patients towards their personalized goals. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

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    Chinwe Obudulu, MS, R.D., L.D., is the outpatient dietitian/nutrition specialist for Ryan White HIV Services at Children’s National Hospital. She specializes in nutritional needs of HIV-positive children by performing in-clinic nutrition assessments and education, connecting food-insecure patients with community resources and holding monthly cooking classes. She completed her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and completed the combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2019.

  • Inpatient Lead Dietitian

    Pediatric Dietitian Specialist II

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    Nicole (Nikki) Potolicchio, RD, CSP, LD has been a clinical dietitian in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) as well as the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit at Children’s National Hospital since 2014. She completed undergraduate training at the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Psychology and later completed her didactic requirements as well as a Dietetics Internship at the University of Maryland.

    Nikki is a board-certified specialist in pediatrics and a member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). She was promoted to Lead Inpatient Dietitian in March 2020, which consists of overseeing clinical nutrition care, onboarding new hires, performance improvement and process improvement initiates as well as incorporating evidenced-based research into practice.

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    Sara Preisendanz, M.S., R.D., L.D., completed undergraduate training at Clarkson University with a degree in BioMolecular Science and later fulfilled didactic requirements at New York University. She completed her Dietetic Internship and earned her Master's Degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University. As a clinical dietitian she has worked in the intensive care unit (ICU), renal and liver transplant, oncology, bariatrics and many others. Most recently, she provided nutrition assessment and education for families of children with inborn errors of metabolism. She enjoys problem-solving and developing achievable diet plans and goals for families of children with complicated nutrition needs.

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    Amie Reagan, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.C. is an inpatient pediatric dietitian at Children’s National Hospital specializing in Oncology and Blood Disorders. She completed her undergraduate training at Arizona State University, earning a B.S in Nutrition in 2014. She became a registered dietitian in 2015 after completing her dietetic internship through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to Children’s National, she served as a dietitian in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Children’s Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Amie is a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) and a member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).

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    Haley Schlechter, RD, LDN, is an outpatient pediatric oncology dietitian working at Children's National Hospital. She completed her Nutritional Science degree at Penn State University and her dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health. Haley has over four years of clinical research experience in pediatrics including in the areas of rare genetic diseases, cardiovascular health, eating behavior and food allergies. Moving forward in her career, her areas of interested include oncology, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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    Kristen Sgambat, Ph.D., R.D., is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has provided medical nutrition therapy to children with kidney disease at Children’s National Hospital since 2002. She received her Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Maryland and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology. Her studies have focused on cardiovascular outcomes in children with CKD and after kidney transplant, as well as effects of carnitine supplementation on cardiovascular function in children receiving HD and CRRT.

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    Hadley Stevens, RDN, LD, CLC, is a clinical registered dietitian for the Endocrinology/Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Hospital. She graduated from Keene State College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in health science, nutrition and went on to complete her dietetic internship in 2017 through Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, VA where her studies focused in diabetes management. Hadley is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).

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    Pooja Tolani, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. Her primary roles include coverage of the gastrointestinal unit and surgical care unit. She manages and implements medical nutrition therapy for patients including those with new onset and pre-existing irritable bowel disease, motility issues, pancreatitis, failure to thrive, trauma admits and patients undergoing scheduled and emergent orthopedic, urology and plastic surgery. Pooja completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the University of Florida in Food Science & Human Nutrition.

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    Alyssa Tucker, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.L.C., C.N.S.C., is a pediatric clinical dietitian in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Mississippi. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in nutrition and complete her dietitian internship through the University of Mississippi’s coordinated program. She is an involved member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). She is a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).

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    Rebecca Vander Veer, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.C., C.L.C., is a dietitian in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She completed her undergraduate training at Samford University with a Bachelor of Science Fellow degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at the University of Virginia, focusing in pediatrics and nutrition support. Rebecca is board certified in nutrition support and is also a certified lactation counselor. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association (VaNNA). She currently serves as secretary for the VaNNA board.

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    Siobhan Vogel, M.S., R.D., C.S.P., L.D., is a clinical dietitian for the Cardiac ICU as well as one of the dietitians for the ketogenic diet, neurology services and neurosurgery services at Children’s National Hospital. She completed undergraduate training at University of South Carolina with a degree in Exercise Science and later completed her didactic requirements at Winthrop University. Siobhan completed her Dietetics Internship at Winthrop University. In 2015 she completed her Master's in Human Nutrition online through Northeastern University. She is a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition.

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    Emily Wallace, R.D., L.D.N., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training at Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. In June 2020, Emily completed her dietetic internship at The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and became a registered dietitian in July 2020. Currently, she works with the intestinal rehabilitation team and assists with inpatient coverage for a variety of diagnoses.

     

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    Rebecca Wilson, R.D., L.D.N., is a clinical registered dietitian for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s National Hospital. She completed her degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama in 2017 and went on to complete her dietetic internship at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Rebecca is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. She has completed her certificate of training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management and is in the process of obtaining her Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) Certification.

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    Allison Wiseman, R.D., C.D.E., L.D., is a clinical dietitian in the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. She has been at Children’s National Hospital since 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Sciences at Syracuse University. She completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and has worked alongside the Diabetes team to open the Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes Clinic. She continues to research the correlation between blood glucose control and lung function.