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Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Midwestern Regional Medical Center

"I am hopeful the nutrition guidance I provide to patients will help them lead a better quality of life."

- Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN
Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN

Degree(s)

  • MS, Food & Nutritional Science - University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie
  • BS, Dietetics - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Internship

  • Dietetic Internship - Keene State College, Keene, NH

Certification(s)

  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Practicing Since: 2014

“I love the patient-empowered approach to care at our hospital,” says Krysta Butkus, a clinical oncology dietitian at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in north suburban Chicago. “It allows for improved communication among patients’ care providers and helps facilitate quality care.”

Butkus completed a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then earned a master’s degree in food and nutritional science at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

During her graduate studies, Butkus served as Lead Dietary Aide with Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin, where she collaborated on a hospital-wide wellness program, trained food service workers and assisted patients with meal planning.

Butkus completed a dietetic internship at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire with clinical rotations in oncology, internal medicine, critical care, nutritional support, primary care, cardiology, pediatrics and other areas. She provided nutritional assessments, patient education, nutrition therapy and recommendations for nutrition interventions. She also provided education and counseling to patients and families in clinical and community settings.

Butkus is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the academy’s Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

Butkus joined CTCA in January 2014. She provides nutrition consultations and therapy to new and returning patients. She assists in the management of symptoms related to cancer and its treatment, and provides education on healthy food choices to both support treatment and improve quality of life after therapy is completed.

“I also listen closely to my patients, build relationships and empathize with them every step of the way,” says Butkus. “I want to do all I can to provide a comforting experience while they are at CTCA.”

In her spare time, Butkus enjoys long walks, practicing yoga and spending time with family and friends.

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