Meet the Bloggers

Michelle Phan serves as the Blog Lead for the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is an MBA/RDN candidate studying at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington. She also holds an Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts from Ivy Tech Corporate College – Indianapolis. She is currently working as a Content Specialist for a nutrition start-up company. Hungry for more? Connect with Michelle on Instagram and LinkedIn. If you have questions, comments or would like to be a contributor to the CAND blog, contact her at



Kate Egan is a dietetic intern and MBA student at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.She graduated with a BS in Dietetics and a minor in Child and Family Studies from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2015. She is currently working part-time for a nutrition-based startup company in downtown Chicago as a content specialist. In addition to blogging for CAND, she has also blogged for Student Scoop, the student blog portion of AND’s Food and Nutrition Magazine. Connect with Kate on Twitter or LinkedIn.



Amanda Hookom is a dietetic intern at Loyola University-Chicago, studying to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and minors in Public Health and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.  In 2015, she obtained her Certified Personal Trainer credentials from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda contributes her experience as a dietetic intern on her website to help current nutrition students get an idea of what it's like to be a DI. Her other interests include cooking, being active, skijoring (cross-country skiing with a dog), and doing pretty much anything in the great outdoors. You can connect with Amanda on Instagram and LinkedIn.



Amanda Izquierdo is a Registered Dietitian at FleishmanHillard, a public relations agency, where she works with food brands on strategic nutrition communications. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Cognitive Science and Spanish before changing her career focus to dietetics. She holds a Master of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Michigan and completed a dietetic internship at Edward Hines, Jr, VA Hospital. She loves that as a dietitian she is surrounded by the power of good food every day - she even named her rescue cat Albóndiga, which means "meatball" in Spanish. She enjoys being active and never turns down trying new Chicago restaurants. Connect with Amanda on Twitter or Instagram @IzzyEatsRD.



Patrick (Pat) Mylett is a current graduate student of the combined Dietetic Internship/MBA program at Dominican University.  He also holds a Bachelor degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences concentrating in Applied Dietetics from Ohio University. Pat has been a CAND member since Fall 2016. His main interests include corporate health and wellness, diabetes prevention and education, and community-based nutrition education and prevention.  When not working, Pat enjoys throwing together new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, biking along the Chicago lakefront when weather permits, and swimming. He is always happy to connect via Twitter or LinkedIn.



Anna Veselovsky is an MBA Candidate and Dietetic Intern at Dominican University inRiver Forest, IL. She is a graduate of Boston University where she received her Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences and was a part of the Division I Varsity Swim Team. Anna is currently interning at Kellogg's Specialty Channels in Elmhurst, IL as a Marketing Communications Intern. She also works for a data research and insights company, SPINS, here in Chicago. Anna believes that sustainability starts at the local level and recently had the opportunity to visit several urban farms in Chicago. Curious about her experience? Connect with her on LinkedIn.



Jackie Winkler is a dietetic intern and MBA student at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Michigan State University. She is currently working at a data analytic company for natural and organic foods in Chicago. She is also completing her inpatient clinical rotations at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A fun fact, she is yoga-obsessed and loves finding new places to eat in the city! Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn.