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Meet the Clinical Nutrition Team

Dietitians

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    Yetunde Akingbemi, M.P.H., R.D.N., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital in the outpatient Improving Diet, Energy and Activity of Life (IDEAL) Weight Management Clinic. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Auburn University in 2017, and then went on to complete the combined Master of Public Health and Dietetic Internship at University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in 2019. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

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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.

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    Hayden Chung, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a clinical dietitian for the full-time intestinal rehab dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed undergraduate training at Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences in 2016. In May 2018, Hayden completed her Master’s in Food and Nutritional Sciences and dietetic internship through Ohio University’s Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program. She became a registered dietitian in July 2018. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

  • 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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    Hannah Leu, R.D., C.S.P., C.N.S.C., L.D., is a pediatric clinical dietitian for the inpatient and outpatient Hematology and Oncology patients in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Hospital. She attended the Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, with a minor in Sociology. Hannah completed her Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center following university. She is a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition.

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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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    Meg Mathias M.S., R.D., L.D., is an outpatient pediatric dietitian at Children’s National Hospital specializing in treating feeding and eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder. She completed undergraduate training in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.S. in Nutrition. In December 2019, Meg completed the combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program at University of Texas Medical Branch.

    Meg started her career at Children’s National in March 2020. Currently, she is the outpatient eating disorder dietitian working with both the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Psychiatry divisions. Meg also works with patients in Children’s National’s Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome (CANDO) program. Meg is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group.

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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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    Victoria Mullen, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.C., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed undergraduate training at Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. In May 2018, Victoria completed her dietetic internship through Purdue University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Victoria started her career at Children’s National in September 2018, where she served as the staff relief R.D. In October 2019, she transitioned into the Neurology and Ketogenic Diet dietitian role. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and obtained her Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) title in 2019.

  • Lead Outpatient Dietitian

    Clinical Dietitian

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    Olivia Munger, R.D., L.D., is the outpatient lead dietitian for Morrison Healthcare and the Nutrition Specialist for Ryan White HIV Services at Children’s National Hospital. She specializes in promoting healthy behavior changes and designing programs that encourage smarter eating choices, biometric improvement and weight management. At Children’s National, she focuses on the nutritional needs of HIV-positive children by performing nutrition in-clinic nutrition assessment and education, connecting food-insecure patients with community resources and holding monthly cooking classes.

  • Lead Inpatient Dietitian

    Pediatric Dietitian Specialist II

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    Nicole (Nicki) Potolicchio, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.C., 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.

    She 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 has been involved in multiple projects to update standards of practice within these areas, such as implementing a Transplant Safe Diet and NGT protocol for BMT patients, leading the revision of burn and wound nutrition therapy in the ICU and developing an adult ICU COVID-19 feeding protocol. She is currently working on developing and implementing a pediatric ICU feeding protocol.

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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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    Kristen Sgambat, Ph.D., R.D., is a registered dietitian 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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    Rachel Silverman, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a clinical dietitian at Children’s National Hospital. She completed undergraduate training at George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Nutrition. Rachel received her Master of Science at New York University and completed her dietetic internship at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. She works in outpatient oncology and bone marrow transplant (BMT) clinics, as well as the child and adolescent clinics and IDEAL clinic. Rachel is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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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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    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.