Taking the first step to a healthier life can be daunting. Monument Health Registered Dietitians can support and guide you through this process and develop a care plan specific to your health goals. Our dietitians offer individual consultations, education and support for inpatients and outpatients of all ages.
Our Registered Dietitians are experts in dietary planning for:
- Cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
- Digestive disorders
- General nutrition and wellness
- Maternal nutrition
- Oncology (cancer, chemotherapy)
- Pediatric and adolescent nutrition
- Renal (pre-dialysis kidney failure)
- Sports nutrition
- Vegetarian lifestyles
- Weight management and obesity
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I see a registered dietitian?
An expert can help you incorporate nutritious foods into your diet. A registered dietitian can answer questions about proper nutrition, help improve your food choices and provide guidance with regard to specific health concerns.
What credentials does a registered dietitian hold?
A registered dietitian (RD) has at least a four-year college degree with additional training, such as an internship, and has passed a national registration exam. Licensed nutritionists (LNs) are certified by the State of South Dakota. Caregivers in Nutrition Services at Monument Health hold either an RD or LN credential.
What can I expect from a nutrition consultation?
During the first visit, we will review your overall health and eating habits. We will then work with you to make positive, realistic changes to help you reach your health goals.
How long does each visit take?
The first visit usually takes one hour. The number and length of future visits will be decided at this time. Some people are happy with what they have learned in one visit. However, most people need at least one or two extra visits to review how well they are doing with their nutrition program and goals.
I’ve decided to see a dietitian. What do I do now?
You can start by calling us to schedule an individualized appointment. Self–referrals are always welcome! You may also call your provider to place a referral as some insurances cover your visit if you meet certain medical conditions. We are here to encourage and guide you in making changes and reaching your goals.
What People Are Saying
I absolutely love the ability to schedule appointments or contact my doctor on the MyChart app. Dr. Ptacek is always a wonderful care giver and Laura at the front desk always makes the clinic feel like you’ve walked into a friends house.
Dr. Weaver is such an excellent care provider because she listens, understands and is very forthright with her evaluations. She explains concerns and treatments thoroughly. She is a great lady and outstanding physician.
There are not enough words to describe how compassionate and caring the nurses are at the Hill City Clinic. Nurse Lois Gilbert is always friendly, always has a smile on her face and her demeanor and tone towards the patient is outstanding!
I’ve been seeing Dr. Legner for years. I won’t go to another doctor unless I have to. She’s always so professional and takes time with you in the exam room to make sure you understand what the problem is and the plan to fix it!
Dr. Willoughby, what a pleasure it was to see him! He is truly concerned about me and my health. He obviously studied my records. We had a discussion about my health, enabling us to work together. What a welcome relief to find this caring man!
Dr. Nylander was very kind and approachable. She listened to my concerns/reason for the visit and responded with compassionate care (she looked at me and smiled…isn’t that great?? Human connection!) She knew what to do and I felt like I was in good hands.