Andrea Hinojosa is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Nutritionist (LDN), and certified lactation counselor (CLC). She is also a credentialed Early Intervention Specialist in the State of Illinois. She completed her bachelor’s at Dominican University and her master’s degree and dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago.
Andrea is the first registered dietitian to specialize in prenatal mental health for the state of Illinois and the first and only nutrition student and RD to nationally be accepted into the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. As part of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapter in Chicago, Andrea has partnered with Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC) and BUILD Inc. to increase the exposure of farmers, nutrition, and locally farmed produce to the Chicago community to assess food insecurity and nutrition knowledge and awareness. Right before and during the COVID-19 pandemic she used gardening and hydroponics as a way to teach families more about nutrition and wellness.
Coming from a diverse background, Andrea understands the challenges for many families who also have a diverse background from being born in a different country or having unique food and cultural traditions. Andrea shares her personal and professional experience to provide individualize care for each of her patients. Her passion for integrative nutrition medicine, research, public health, and social justice and civic engagement has provided her the experience of doing nutrition research and work in Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, France, and Vietnam.
Andrea is currently in the process of obtaining her IBCLC and will present at this year’s Minnesota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (MAND) Annual Conference in May, VOCEL’s 2021 Masterclass series on pediatric nutrition, and The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in October.
Other things that Andrea enjoys doing when not doing nutrition or research related things: traveling, walking, films and Netflix, photography, anything to do with animals, and reading. She has a dog name Zen that is half Akita and half pit bull and a kitten named Michi who is a calico kitten!