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Meet Your Kidney Dietitian

HI THERE! I'M KATE 🙂

I’m a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, and the owner of Your Kidney Dietitian LLC: a private nutrition coaching practice based in Chicago, IL. I am passionate about teaching people with chronic kidney disease how to use a plant based diet to preserve kidney function and delay dialysis.

When I first began working with people with kidney disease, it was in a dialysis clinic. Many patients came to me afraid to eat anything at all for fear of eating the wrong thing. To date, I’ve helped hundreds of patients understand how to not only live with dialysis, but thrive on dialysis as much as they possibly can.

But I started thinking – what about the 37 million people living in the United States who have pre-dialysis (CKD stages 1-5) kidney disease? What if I could help people in the earlier stages of disease, before kidney disease has progressed to the point that dialysis or transplant are the only options?

Your Kidney Dietitian was born.

In my practice I help people understand why it’s important to make diet and lifestyle changes to preserve their kidney function – and there’s no better time to start than today. I guide my clients to a better understanding of what kidney disease is, and how to treat not only the symptoms, but also to address the root causes of their own unique disease process. I’ll help you let go of fears and misconceptions, and gain confidence that you CAN manage your kidney disease and continue to do all the things that you love to do in your life – traveling, being active, and spending precious time with friends and family.

Want to feel confident in your food choices and making the right choices for your kidney health? Let’s chat!

More About Kate

Kate Zalewski, RDN, CSR, LDN has 9 years of experience in the field of nutrition, working with all types of clients, but eventually finding her calling and passion – working with people with kidney disease.

She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Medical Dietetics, and went on to work as a WIC dietitian, an inpatient and outpatient dietitian in a 200-bed community hospital, a retail dietitian for a large grocery store chain, and finally, as a renal dietitian with one of the nation’s largest dialysis providers. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition.

In her free time she enjoys running on the Chicago lakefront, tending to her sizable houseplant collection, working towards her Goodreads goal of finishing 100+ books per year, and spending time with her husband and their two feline companions.

Credentials

  • Bachelors Degree in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University
  • Completion of 1200-hour Dietetic Internship through Medical Dietetics Coordinated Program at The Ohio State University
  • Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian in the State of Illinois
  • Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition
  • Member, National Kidney Foundation

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