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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Jessica Engelbrecht, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

CTCA Tulsa

"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, RDN, LD, CNSC

Degree(s)

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

Certification(s)

  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician

Practicing since: 2008

Jessica Engelbrecht joined the integrated team of doctors and other clinicians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa 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 national trainer for nutrition-focused physical exams for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and is chair-elect of the Dietetics Practice Section of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is also a frequent guest lecturer and presenter on nutrition topics at numerous colleges and community events, and is a certified specialist in renal nutrition.

In her spare time, Engelbrecht enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter, family and friends. She also serves on the board of the Junior League of Tulsa.

Patient ratings and comments

Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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