Our Registered Dietitian assesses all patients who are at high nutritional risk and makes recommendations to their physician based on the patient’s need. This may include changing the patient’s diet order, adjusting tube feeding or TPN settings, adding oral nutrition supplements, or providing the patient with diet education before they go home.
Our Registered Dietitian completes a full nutrition assessment and provides in-depth nutrition education for outpatients with a variety of health concerns. Based on the individual’s needs and nutrition goals, a personalized meal plan will be developed to satisfy their food preferences and lifestyle. A physician referral is required to schedule an appointment. The following is a list of common conditions that can be improved through dietary changes:
High Blood Pressure
Kidney (Renal) Disease
Whitney Buckles, RD, LDN received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In addition, she completed a supervised Dietetic Internship at Murray State University. She is nationally registered and licensed in the state of Illinois as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. Whitney grew up in Albion, IL and was very pleased to join the FMH staff in June 2011 as the full-time Clinical Dietitian.
Phone: (618) 847-8326
The Registered Dietitian also provides consultation for Horizon Healthcare’s Weight Management Program ran by Lois Dishman-Cooper, PA-C. To visit PA Cooper's page, click here
Each participant receives a written recommendation letter from the Dietitian based on their responses to a Food Frequency Questionnaire.
In addition, our Registered Dietitian sees outpatients referred to Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. Patients are taught how different foods affect their blood sugar along with meal planning skills to help manage their diabetes. She works closely with the Diabetes Educator to provide a nutrition plan that is appropriate for each individual’s medication or insulin regimen.
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Food Frequency Questionnaire