Eileen began her career in adult nutrition care but after several years she sought a new challenge. She completed her graduate degree and started her pediatric career at Rush Medical Center. Growth and development during childhood are impacted by nutritional health; families welcome nutritional guidance; and children are uniquely delightful.
Pursuing longer lasting pediatric patient connections, Eileen moved to the GI outpatient setting at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago), and later focused her career on cystic fibrosis care. Eileen helped babies, children, teens, and young adults address nutritional challenges that included growth, eating, feeding, digestion/absorption, pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, GI symptoms, constipation and tube feeding. She expanded her professional work through national and local presentations and participated in the collaborative development of communication and patient-centered resources.
Eileen is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and received her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. By far, her best teachers throughout her career have been her patients and their families.
Eileen is a life-long resident of Chicago’s north side and is most grateful to have her two sons, daughter-in-law, and grandson close by. She treasures watching the little one develop and seeing her adult children grow in their roles as parents and uncle. Backyard gardening and raising black swallowtail butterflies round out her days, and her bullmastiff Daisy remains a work in progress.