Faculty Leadership Team

Program Directors

Katie Bigart, MS, RDN, LD

Katie completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at CWRU.  During her graduate experience Katie worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Community Dentistry at CWRU, where she studied the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in adolescents, helping guide them toward proper nutritional goals and action plans. During her time at CWRU, Katie also gained nutrition and dietetic experience in a variety of practice settings.

Katie began her career as a K-12 school nutrition consultant for Pisanick Partners, LLC in Cleveland, OH, where she developed, analyzed, and implemented USDA compliant menus for 13 Northeast Ohio School Districts. She also provided Administrative Review preparation for school kitchen audits and trained staff on Professional Standards for State and Local Nutrition Programs.

Katie then joined Be Well Solutions as an Account Manager and Wellness Dietitian.  During this time she helped to develop worksite wellness programs for a variety of corporate, public and municipal clients.  Katie coordinated and managed health screenings, performed individual nutritional consultations, group presentations and served and facilitated client wellness committee meetings.

Katie is a certified Health Coach through the American College of Exercise and embraces the balance of an active and healthy lifestyle, filled with hiking, weightlifting, cooking and movies.  She loves spending quality time with her husband, boy/girl twins and two dogs.

Suzi Hinck, MS, RDN, LD

Suzi Hinck completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biomedical Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. During her undergraduate experience, she was a Research Associate at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN focusing on building patient demographic databases. She also was chosen to be a Mayo Scholar through the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN during which her team conducted research focusing on the medical and financial feasibility of orthopedic surgical devices. She also completed research in physical chemistry focusing on protein stability.

Suzi completed her master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition in combination with completing her Dietetic Internship at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her graduate coursework, Suzi’s rotations included Lake Health System, Berea City Schools, Cuyahoga County WIC Program, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, DaVita Dialysis, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Suzi began her dietetic career as a Dietitian and School Nutrition Systems Analyst at Pisanick Partners in Cleveland, OH. During her time there she developed, analyzed, and implemented USDA compliant school nutrition programs for numerous school districts in Northeast Ohio. She then joined Be Well Solutions as a Wellness Dietitian providing individual nutritional assessments, group presentations and demonstrations, reviewing biometric results with individuals and groups as well as providing nutrition education supporting a healthy lifestyle. Suzi had the opportunity to help create Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship as a key leader from its inception and is a Program Director. She enjoys mentoring interns nationwide helping secure their goals of becoming an RD, collaborating with supportive Lead Faculty members, and remaining creative with program innovations and continuous development.

Suzi strives to live a healthy and active life. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two delightful daughters.

Faculty Advisor Team

Katie Bigart, MS, RDN, LD

Suzi Hinck, MS, RDN, LD

Tristyn Patrick, MS, MBA, RDN, LD

Trisha Sterringer, MS, RDN, LD

Karli Swank, RD, LD

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