A long-time interest in healthy eating
and nutrition led Registered Dietitian Kari
Mizgalski to pursue a career in dietetics.
As a dietitian, she is specially trained to
provide nutrition education, including
guidance on diabetes, weight management
and management of chronic conditions
such as cardiac disease, chronic kidney
disease, gastrointestinal diseases, cancer
treatment and tube feeding.
“I try to treat every person to his or her
specific lifestyle and needs,” said Mizgalski,
who was a hospital dietitian for seven
years. She enjoys getting to know her
patients in a clinical setting, from toddler
age through the elderly.
“We talk about ways to modify cooking, healthy eating and meal planning and how to plan menus around a busy lifestyle. Family members are always welcome to join the appointments.”
She stresses that diet should not be viewed as a restrictive or special plan, but rather “a way of living your life, so all foods can fit. We just need to eat healthy the majority of the time.”
Mizgalski received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed a dietetics internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City. She is a diabetes educator, and is excited to work with diabetes patients of all ages.
She and her husband, Drew, have a son and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, swimming, doing outdoor activities with her family and testing new recipes.