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




Laurel Jakubowski is currently an Associate Data Product Manager at SPINS, LLC where she works as a part of the Product Intelligence team. Previously, Laurel worked in the regulatory department at a food manufacturer where she gained experience with ingredient documentation and nutrition labeling. She is currently serving as a CAND Social Media Co-Chair and she is also the Illinois State Coordinator for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. You can connect with Laurel on Instagram and LinkedIn.



Samantha Harmon Shuflin, MS, RDN, LDN is the Nutrition Programs Manager at a genetics start-up in Chicago where she helped create a chronic disease management program utilizing nutrigenomics. She also owns Samantha Shuflin Nutrition & Wellness, a blog focused on helping busy professional  women thrive though a healthy lifestyle. Connect with Samantha on Instagram, LinkedIn, or her website




Emily Kuettel is a Master of Science and Dietetic Intern at Loyola University, Chicago. She holds a Bachelor degree in Nutrition from Syracuse University. Emily is currently the Website-Co Chair for CAND. She is also the Student Representative on the ACEND Board which is the accreditation body of nutrition programs and enjoys learning about various programs. Emily’s professional interests include clinical and community nutrition, sustainability, advocacy, and research, but her long-term career goal is to be a nutrition program director. She also enjoys cooking vegetarian meals, taking (virtual) exercise classes, and checking out farmers markets. Feel free to connect with Emily on LinkedIn.


Olivia Sokołowska is a registered dietitian happily living out her post-grad, dietitian life in Chicago. She holds a Bachelors degree from Purdue University and completed her dietetic internship and MBA program at Dominican University. Olivia had a strong interest in creating her own career by combining her interests in entrepreneurship, cooking, nutrition, and living a balanced life, which is why she recently launched her website, Salted Butter Kitchen. She is always happy to connect with fellow dietitians, students and food lovers via her website, Instagram and 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.