Kristen has been in dietetics practice since 1985. She has been with Cox College since the inception of the Dietetic Internship in 2006 and was intimately involved in planning of the program. She has a similar experience in planning and directing supervised practice programs, as she was the first director of the ARAMARK sponsored DI in Kansas City, MO in 1992.
She is uniquely qualified in the role as the Nutrition Diagnostics department chair. She completed a residency program created by Dr. Kight (Nutritional Injury-Specific Diagnostic Residency) and maintained a working relationship with Dr. Kight through the development of the Cox College Dietetic Internship. Kight’s advanced level practice approach to nutrition diagnostics was used as the template for the program.
The Cox College MND/DI program is the only ACEND accredited program that has operationalized the Kight process (and nutrition diagnostics, in general) as a seamless educational model. Under the guidance and leadership of Kristen, the program uses the model in both the didactic and practice components of the program to lead the way in this emerging area of practice. Kight’s process and modeling theory are integrated in the MND/DI curriculum in greater depth and breadth than was possible in the original DI. Kight’s process also provides the framework for the ND-DI program.
She has the experience and academic background to provide the leadership required to direct both the MND/DI and ND-DI programs. Kristen is a primary instructor in the both programs and has mentored didactic and clinical faculty in utilization of the Kight process and modeling.