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Nutrition Counseling

Our registered dietitians provide personalized nutrition counseling for people diagnosed with all types of cancer. 

Nutrition Counseling is offered Monday – Thursday from 8:15 am – 6:00 pm and Friday 8:15 am – 3:00 pm. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 801-587-4585.

"I have been working on personal training and nutrition counseling with the dietitian. It has changed my life. The comprehensive approach to treating cancer and the compassion shown by the personnel in the Wellness Center are unparalleled." – Park City, UT

"The only thing that helped my mother was the care given to her by the people of the Wellness & Integrative Health Center… Especially important was the dietitian. She offered counterintuitive solutions to my mother’s diet that have been helping her dramatically." – Salt Lake City, UT

 

A colorful plate helps protect against cancer

You don't smoke. You wear sunscreen. You exercise regularly. But your breakfast usually consists of a donut or store-bought muffin as you run out the door, lunch is something from the vending machine, and dinner is grabbed at the drive-thru. These decisions about what you eat may be doing more harm to your health than you think. 

Read more on the KUTV website.

Why is nutrition important before, during, and after cancer?

Good nutrition before and during treatment helps your body handle cancer treatment better with fewer side effects. Eating well can boost your immune system, reduce your risk of infection, help you stay strong, and heal after the stress of therapy.

Eating a balanced diet and reaching a healthy body weight after treatment can impact your risk for cancer recurrence. Making positive changes to your diet after treatment will help you stay strong, be empowered, and feel good. 

To learn more, call 801-587-4585 or visit the Nutrition Care Services website.

 

Celestial Reimers

Celestial Miller, MDA, RDN, CSO
Phone: 801-587-4586
E-mail: celestial.reimers@hsc.utah.edu 

Celestial Reimers works with HCI patients, providing nutritional assessments and education. She earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and food management from Oregon State University, followed with a dietetic internship at Utah State University. Her past experience includes work in clinical, school food service, and public health nutrition, including nutrition education for the specialized needs of blood and marrow transplant patients.

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Grace

Grace Gough, MS, RD, CD
Phone: 801-587-4586
E-mail: grace.gough@hsc.utah.edu

Grace works as the outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is responsible for the nutrition assessment and education of patients. In addition, Grace works with the needs of cancer survivors participating in the fitness program who have specific nutrition goals for weight loss or weight gain and improving overall physical capacity.  Grace earned a master's degree from the University of Utah (U of U) in nutrition and dietetics and an undergraduate degree from the U of U in Exercise and Sport Science with a nutrition minor. Before coming to HCI, she worked at the U of U Hospital as a covering dietitian for all floors and units, giving her diverse experience. Grace has a passion for research and spent years working in neonatal nutrition research as a graduate research assistant and in iron transport in the Department of Pathology. She loves working in oncology and recognizes the importance of good nutrition throughout cancer treatment. Grace loves the outdoors and is an avid runner, golfer, hiker, and skier.

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Jamie Saunders, MS, RD, CD earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Southern Utah University, and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Utah. She has worked in the outpatient nutrition counseling setting with a variety of patients, including areas such as cancer and weight management. She is passionate about nutrition, and enjoys helping people maximize their health through lifestyle changes.

Katie Barker

Katie Barker, RD, CD
Phone: 801-587-4468 
E-mail: katie.barker@hsc.utah.edu

Katie works as an outpatient dietitian at Huntsman Cancer Institute providing nutrition counseling for cancer patients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Utah State University and graduated high honors. Before coming to HCI she worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian in weight management and general nutrition. Katie also worked at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center as a covering dietitian, gaining a variety of experience. She loves working in oncology and has a passion for the patients she helps. Katie loves spending time with her family, cooking, bowling, hockey, and running.

Services Offered at No Cost:

  • Reaching a healthy body weight
  • Guidelines for specific cancers
  • Guidelines for supplements and hot topics in nutrition
  • Guidelines for bone health and cancer prevention after treatment
  • Management of eating problems
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Changes in taste
    • Constipation and diarrhea
    • Loss of appetite
    • Difficulty swallowing or eating