Dietitian Connection Director/Owner
Maree Ferguson is an internationally renowned expert in malnutrition screening. Dr. Ferguson is currently the Director of Dietitian Connection, an information website for dietitians. She has held leadership positions both within the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Ferguson developed the Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition. Her innovative malnutrition screening tool has been implemented in hundreds of hospitals worldwide.
Dr. Ferguson Maree is an invited speaker on malnutrition at international dietetic conferences. She has received more than $1 million in research grant funding and authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. She is a reviewer for many international nutrition and dietetics journals. She has been awarded the Dietitian’s Association of Australia National Award of Merit and the President’s Innovation Award. She also received an Australia Day Achievement Award in 2011. Dr. Ferguson is currently chairing the AND malnutrition clinical characteristics validation workgroup.
Director of Clinical and Nutrition Services
Metz Culinary Management
Kim Brenkus is the Director of Clinical and Patient Services with the Healthcare Division at Metz Culinary Management. She directs and leads clinical and patient services programs. Kim is also responsible for recruitment and retention, developing and coordinating policies and procedures for the Division. Additional responsibilities include providing solutions to improve clinical operations and outcomes, patient satisfaction, productivity, regulatory compliance along with performance improvement. She is actively involved in the sales process for new business at Metz Culinary Management.
With over 25 years of progressive experience in the field of nutrition, Kim has a background that includes a wide variety of positions in both the clinical and foodservice areas including multi department management. She has a proven track record of effective leadership that has produced measurable results in a variety of environments. Kim is past Chair of the CNM DPG.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Sites
Washington State University
Owner, Frank Nutrition Consulting, LLC.
Dr. Frank possesses a Master’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and a Doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology & Health Promotion. She is owner and sole proprietor of Frank Nutrition & Exercise Consulting, LLC. Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Nutrition and Exercise Program (NEP) for Washington State University. Dr. Frank is a Registered Dietitian, clinical preceptor & Director of Clinical Sites for NEP’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. She is an active member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) as well as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Frank’s area of expertise focuses on the roles of exercise and nutrition in the attenuation of disordered glucose metabolism, inflammation & chronic diseases. She has served as an expert medical consultant in bariatric surgery nutrition and has published several papers and/or book chapters on the role of nutrition and/or exercise in improving insulin resistance and metabolic risk variables. As a clinical dietitian and exercise physiologist, Dr. Frank practices and endorses Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment (NFPA) as part of the Nutrition Care Process in order to recognize, prevent or treat malnutrition and sarcopenic obesity. Her current research focus is the role of nutrition & exercise to improve lean body mass and functional capacity among at-risk patients including the inactive, older, malnourished adult.
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