Mission Children’s Specialists Nutrition Services

Infants, children and adolescents all have unique nutritional needs as they grow into adulthood. Registered Dietitians have the experience and education to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to patients and their families by providing individualized assessment, counseling and recommendations to assist in the treatment, management or prevention of acute or chronic disease.  When medical complications are present, adequate nutrition is essential for proper development. At Mission Children’s Specialists, your child will receive individualized MNT from one of our Registered Dietitians to assure that growth and nutritional well-being are sustained.
Our Registered Dietitians assist families with a variety of nutrition concerns, including weight management, failure to thrive, tube feeding management, food allergies, picky eating, therapeutic diets and chronic disease management. Additionally, our dietitians work with an interdisciplinary Feeding Team that helps to address feeding concerns. The goal of MNT is to optimize your child’s nutrition status through a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.
During the visits, we gather medical history, review growth charts and current dietary intake to help determine the most beneficial nutrition plan for the patient and family.  Follow-up visits may be needed since nutritional needs change frequently in growing children.  
Registered Dietitians at Mission Children’s Specialists specialize in the following areas:
• Enteral nutrition
• Congenital heart defects
• Weight-related chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia
• Genetic conditions that affect growth and feeding like Down’s syndrome or cystic fibrosis
• Chronic diseases like cerebral palsy, celiac disease
• Infant or tube feeding formula intolerances
• Food allergies or food-related GI intolerances
• Selective eating working with feeding clinic
• Failure to thrive
• GI conditions that would affect growth and nutrition status like Crohn’s disease
Our Registered Dietitians can also help with general pediatric nutritional needs requiring adjustments in energy, protein, vitamins or mineral intake in any population. 
Appointments require a physician referral. If you believe your patient could benefit from our services, please contact us at 828-213-1740.
Andrea Branton, RD, LDN, CNSC  came to Mission Children’s over 3 years ago and has 8 years of pediatric nutrition experience. Andrea graduated from East Tennesee State University with a BS in Nutrition and completed her internship at Virginia State University.  She enjoys working with children having complex nutritional and medical needs, feeding difficulties and managing tube feeding.
Jessica Keller, MS, RD, LDN recently came to MCS from Bon Secours Health System in Virginia. Jessica graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Food and Nutrition Science and completed her master's degree and dietetic internship at Kansas State University.  She enjoys working with pediatric weight management and helping families understand that a healthy lifestyle is attainable.

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