Nicole Bakota,MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSO

MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSO

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Nicole Bakota - Clinical Oncology Dietitian
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The first time I stepped foot in Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, I knew it was where I was meant to be. I feel it was the warm, caring environment and multidisciplinary approach that initially drew me in.

Location
Chicago
Certifications
Registered & Licensed Dietitian
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Certified Personal Trainer

Registered and licensed dietitian Nicole Bakota enjoys helping cancer patients at our hospital overcome nutritional barriers. She provides nutritional advice throughout the length of their treatment and gives them tools to establish a healthier lifestyle.

Bakota cherishes the relationships she builds with her patients and their families. “Since I see my patients at each return visit, I feel that my relationship with them is constantly growing and evolving,” she says.

The dietitian works on a dedicated care team with Dr. Evan Pisick and other clinicians at the hospital. She says of the integrated, patient-centered model of care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® (CTCA), Chicago, “It gives me the opportunity to work very closely with a medical oncologist, naturopathic clinician, care manager, mind-body therapist, and pastoral care provider. Each morning we have a team meeting to discuss the patients we will see that day. It is during this time that I discuss any nutritional concerns patients may be facing with the rest of the team, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, etc.”

Board certified in oncology nutrition and nutrition support, Bakota received a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in dietetics from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. She went on to earn a master’s degree in nutrition and wellness from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She completed a dietetic internship through Benedictine, completing clinical rotations at healthcare facilities throughout west suburban Chicago. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association.

In Bakota’s free time, she enjoys biking, playing tennis and basketball, rollerblading, running, and kickboxing. And when she’s not playing sports, she enjoys watching teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs. Spending time with her family, friends and dogs is also important to her.