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Jessica Engelbrecht, MS, RD, CSR, LD

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Southwestern Regional Medical Center

"As a registered and licensed dietitian, I try to empower each patient with nutrition education that will enable them to choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages that will make their bodies stronger. Nutrition improvement and maintenance helps patients fight through some of the toughest times during cancer treatment."

- Jessica Engelbrecht, MS, RD, CSR, LD
Jessica Engelbrecht, MS, RD, CSR, LD

Degree(s)

  • MS, Nutrition - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • BS, Dietetics - Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Internship

  • Dietetic Internship - Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cleveland
  • Pediatric Internship - University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland
  • Oncology Specialty - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

Certification(s)

  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian
  • Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition

Practicing Since: 2008

Jessica Engelbrecht joined the integrated team of doctors and other clinicians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in October 2011. She says right from the start of her career at CTCA, she was impressed with the patient-centered model of care. “It is amazing to be a functioning part of many patients’ entire scope of care from hope to healing!” she notes.

Engelbrecht provides nutrition consultations and therapy to new and returning patients. During patients’ return visits to the hospital, she meets with them to ensure they are continuing to intake adequate nutrition. Because Engelbrecht sees her patients regularly and is a key member of their care teams, she is continually involved in their care and informed of each step of their treatment. This allows her to stay on top of treatment side effects patients may have that impact their nutritional status.

“I feel as though I have never met a ‘stranger’ at CTCA," says Engelbrecht. "I take that approach with each patient by helping them to feel comfortable and supported throughout their treatment.”

Engelbrecht earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She completed a dietetic internship at Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland.

Previously, Engelbrecht provided nutrition therapy to patients at a dialysis center and an outpatient surgical facility in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter on nutrition topics at numerous colleges and community events. She is also a certified specialist in renal nutrition.

In her spare time, Engelbrecht enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her husband, family and friends. “I’m excited to be back in cowboy country (go pokes!) and near family,” she adds.

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