Clinical Nutrition Students Spotlight


"After completing the combined Master's in Science and Dietetic Internship at the University of Memphis, I have felt more than qualified for the RD exam and joining the work force in all nutrition environments. This amazing program fully prepared me to be knowledgeable and comfortable working, educating, and implementing nutrition practices with patients and doctors. The unique experience of rotating through all of the different clinics and hospitals in Memphis left me with a broad range of experiences which are valued in the health field, and I truly feel I would not have had unless I went to the University of Memphis!"

Laura Kunces, MS, RD. Program Graduate 2009

"The University of Memphis master's and dietetic internship program is unparalleled. The challenging academic coursework and real life clinical experience through the graduate assistantship and dietetic rotations places you ahead of others in the field. Both scholastically and professional, I was beyond prepared to enter the workforce in any area of dietetics and competitive among my peers. Overall, it was an excellent investment of my time, money, energy and into my future."

Bethany Stokes, MS, RD. Program Graduate 2011

“The Internship and Graduate Program for Clinical Nutrition equipped me to pass my board exam and begin a career as a Pediatric Registered Dietitian. While completing the education required, I experienced realities in my career through the graduate assistantship and residency. The skills learned and the knowledge acquired allows passing the RD exam without difficulties in addition to an unrivaled advantage to join the workforce. For those seriously seeking a medical dietetic career, it is essential to consider The University of Memphis’s Clinical Nutrition Internship combined with the Graduate program. Once completed, you will exceed expectations.”

Meg Green, MS, RD, CSP, LD. Program Graduate 2006

“I graduated from the combined Dietetic Internship and Clinical Nutrition Master’s Program with the confidence I could thrive in any area of the dietetics and nutrition profession. In addition to being very thorough and rigorous the program also fit my interests. When I decided to complete my thesis on a topic that wasn’t typical of nutrition students, the staff was extremely supportive and helped me find contacts that could assist in accomplishing my goals. Because of the clinical training and research experience during the Dietetic Internship and Clinical Nutrition Master’s program I have been able to excel in my career.”

Josh Holewinski, MS, RD. Program Graduate 2009

“My graduate education at the University of Memphis did more than just prepare me to become a Registered Dietitian. The advanced training I received through the caring faculty and their network of exceptionally qualified preceptors readied me for a career filled with application of evidence based practice, practice of clinical research, and confidence necessary to take leadership roles in my field. I would not trade my experience with the University of Memphis, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a coordinated Masters program.”

Mary Catherine Schallert MS, RD, LDN, CNSC. Program Graduate 2006

"The Clinical Nutrition graduate program and dietetic internship not only prepared me to begin working as a clinical dietitian upon graduating, but also prepared me to continue my education and training in a medical nutrition focused doctoral program. I developed many core and essential skills during my time in the program that have proved to be invaluable both as a clinician and researcher. The program far exceeded my expectations and helped me develop both as a health care provider as well as an individual. I can say without a doubt that the 2 years I spent in this program expanded my knowledge and furthered my career substantially and because of this I am able to excel in both my current and future endeavors.”

Jacob Taylor, PhD, RD. Program Graduate 2010

“Much like any graduate program, you get what you put into each opportunity. The Clinical Nutrition program has offered me more opportunities in 16 months than I ever expected. I went from a graduate assistant at the #1 children’s research hospital, to graduating from the program with a career at one of the greatest teaching hospitals in the country. I can now look forward to a strengthening clinical career filled with promising research opportunities. You can expect an ever-growing program offering clinical experiences second to none and graduating with experiences greater than any other internship."

David Havrilla, MS, RD, LDN. Program Graduate 2012

Student Awards and Honors

2015 Interns

Katherine FowlerKatherine Fowler

Katherine T. Fowler, a 2008 graduate, was named as one of the Top 30 Under 30 in Nashville in 2014. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Fowler Nutrition PLLC, an outpatient nutrition practice in Nashville, TN. Fowler Nutrition PLLC specializes in a variety of counseling services for adults, adolescents, and children that include nutrition therapy for weight management, eating disorders, family feeding concerns, and management of various nutrition-related diseases.


Jessie HoJessie Ho

Jessie Ho, a 2014 graduate from Hong Kong, was the recipient of 2014's First International Nutritionist-Dietitian (FIND) Fellowship for Study in the USA from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award is given to a foreign nutrition professional student who is pursuing graduate work in the USA and has a definite goal of applying the United States experience in his or her native country.

Perrin TamblynPerrin Tamblyn

Perrin Tamblyn, a 2014 graduate, received the Outstanding Dietetic Student from TAND in 2014.

Allyson SyAllyson Sy

Allyson Sy, a 2014 graduate, received the MAND Graduate School Candidate Scholarship in 2014.



Kaitlyn PhilippsKaitlyn Philipps

Kaitlyn Philipps, a current student, received the Outstanding Dietetic Student for MAND and TAND in 2015. She also won the 2015 Pediatric Nutrition DPG pre-professional scholarship for 2015.



Terezie MosbyTerezie Mosby

Terezie Mosby graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2004. She has worked for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 10 years and is now the DPD Director and Tenn Tech. She also won the 2015 Outstanding Dietitian for MAND.


Taylor BurgmonTaylor Burgmon

Taylor Burgmon, a 2012 graduate, was given the Dietetic Preceptor Award for Medical Nutrition Therapy by Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA.




Casey FlowersCasey Flowers

Casey Flowers, a 2015 graduate, was selected to receive an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship, specifically the Mead Johnson Nutrition Scholarship in memory of Joncier Greene, for the amount of $3000 in August, 2015.



Marlene SchmidtMarlene Schmidt

Marlene Schmidt is a former student of the University of Memphis who started the company nourish. Nourish is "a strategic nutrition consultancy focused on growing food, beverage, and restaurant brands through innovative development and marketing strategies." Read more about this company here.



Amanda MayAmanda May

Amanda May, MS, RDN, LDN graduated from the University of Memphis in 2014. She is now SeaWorld's first ever registered dietitian working for SeaWorld. She is working with all guest food allergy inquiries, analyzing their recipes, and initiating team member wellness.




Courtney NordhusCourtney Nordhus

Courtney Nordhus will graduate from the University of Memphis in December 2016. She received the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship in her Fall 2015 semester.