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Betsy Hjelmgren, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN

Betsy Hjelmgren, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN

Founder

Feed to Succeed, LLC, is managed and directed by Betsy Hjelmgren, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN. Betsy has been a registered dietitian, licensed in the state of Illinois, for a decade. Registered dietitians are the only nutrition experts regulated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and licensed to provide professional nutrition advice. Credentialed with Early Intervention for qualifying children aged 0-3 years old, Betsy is also the mother of two children.

  • Feed to Succeed, LLC., 2008-present, Founder
  • Clinical Dietitian, 2003-2008, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL - providing medical nutrition therapy to infants and children
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2007, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL – teaching undergraduate human nutrition
  • Clinical Dietitian, 1999-2003, Rush-Presbyterian - St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL - counseling clients on weight management, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, GI disease including Celiac disease and food allergy, and more
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2002-2004 - Rush University, Chicago, IL, – teaching graduate level pediatric nutrition
  • Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), 2005, by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, re-certified 2010.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Rush University, combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship program
  • Registered Dietitian (RD), 1999, by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Dietetic Internship, 1997-1999, Rush University, Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, 1997, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Gia Diakakis, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Gia Diakakis, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Dietitian
  • Clinical Dietitian, 2011-Present, Rush-Presbyterian - St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL –Neonatal/Pediatric nutrition support team dietitian responsible for parental nutrition and enteral nutrition along with diet management of weight loss, weight gain, diabetes mellitus, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, GI disease including inflammatory bowel disease, food allergy, and more
  • Adjunct Faculty, 2011-Present- Rush University, Chicago, IL, – teaching graduate level pediatric nutrition
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), 2011, by National Board of Nutrition Support Certification
  • Clinical Dietitian, 2011, NorthShore University Health Systems Evanston, IL - Managed enteral nutrition support for neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients in addition to counseling patients on weight management and diabetes mellitus.
  • Clinical Dietitian, 2011, Swedish Covenant Hospital Chicago, IL - Counseled patients during their hospitalization on weight management, diabetes mellitus, and wound healing in addition to managing individuals receiving enteral nutrition support and parenteral nutrition support.
  • Registered Dietitian (RD), 2011, by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Dietetic Internship, 2008-2010, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, 2010, University of Illinois-Chicago, combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship program
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a focus on Chemistry, 2008, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
David Hjelmgren, MA, Med

David Hjelmgren, MA, Med

Director of Operations

David worked at IBM until 2000, when he began his teaching career at New Trier High School. He has coached several high school athletic teams, including basketball, tennis, and bowling. David has a Master of Arts degree in Education, and a Master of Education degree, as well as an Illinois Type 75 certificate for school administration. David created and supported the first Feed to Succeed website, and continues to play a vital role in the Feed to Succeed online presence. In addition, he manages the Feed to Succeed finances, and is essential in the creative element of all Feed to Succeed educational materials, with his educational expertise in both approach and design.

Amanda Gordon, RD

Amanda Gordon, RD

Dietitian

Amanda is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist with over 10 years of experience working in clinical, university and school settings. She is also a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist in the State of Illinois. Amanda’s areas of expertise include maternal/child health, neonatal and infant care, nutrition assessment and counseling. Her specific skills include monitoring infant and toddler growth, feeding regimens and transitions, gastrointestinal conditions requiring specialty nutrition, breastfeeding and the use of breast milk with medically complex infants and toddlers. She also enjoys teaching and training, quality assurance projects, research, and team building. Amanda holds an advanced certification in nutrition support (CNSC), a Bachelors Degree from Tulane University and completed her nutrition coursework at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago, is married and the proud mother of two children.

Flori Brioni, MS, RD, LDN

Flori Brioni, MS, RD, LDN

Dietitian

• Clinical Dietitian, 2015, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL- provide medical nutrition therapy to infants and children with chronic diseases, inpatient and outpatient clinics
• Clinical Dietitian, 2015, Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago, IL- provided medical nutrition therapy and education/counseling, primarily with adult population
• Dietitian, 2014-2015, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Chicago, IL- provided education and counseling to pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum mothers, along with education related to feeding of infants and children under the age of 5.
• Registered Dietitian (RD), 2013, by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
• Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, 2013, Rush University
• Dietetic Internship, 2011-2013, Rush University
• Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, minor in Health Science, 2011, Bradley University
• Languages: English and Spanish