Southwest District

District Email:
Facebook:  Southwest Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (@eatrightswmo)
Mailing Address: SWMDA, PO Box 1626, Springfield, MO 65801-1626


Lynetta Smith

Jaime Gnau 

Past President:
Tylane Garrett

Sarah Murray

Lydia Martinez

Newsletter Chair:
Amy Richter

Social Media Chair:
Mesha Cowan

Community Nutrition/National Nutrition Month Committee:
Tara Stulce and Sarah Bowman

Fundraising Committee:

Debra Piland

Membership Committee: 
Jordan Mize 

Nominating Committee: 

Lindsey Heistermann and Genna McCarthy

NOW ACCEPTING 2018-2019 Membership Dues!

SWAND offers several opportunities to connect with area nutrition experts at Social Events and receive continuing education through CPEs. These events are offered throughout the Southwest Missouri region. Non-members are welcome to attend for $10 per event. Membership covers the cost of 2 events and up to 10 CPEs are offered throughout the year so take advantage of the savings by becoming a member!

Click HERE to Renew Your Membership  


November SW District Newsletter


The April CPE is fast approaching! Please register for this event here. ZOOM online streaming will be offered for this event. 

Presenters:  Kristen Nickels, MS RDN LD and Stephanie Robbins, LPC


Date and Time: Tuesday, April 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm 


Location: Foster Auditorium, Cox South, 3813-3835 S National Ave, Springfield, MO 65807


Synopsis: The National Eating Disorders Association reports that an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are serious, but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, and socioeconomic group. Treating an eating disorder generally involves a combination of psychological and nutrition counseling, along with medical and psychiatric monitoring. While dietitians are often an integral part of the treatment team, many receive little formal education or training in eating disorders prior to practicing as a dietitian. In this presentation, Kristen Nickels, dietitian, and Stephanie Robbins, therapist, will provide information regarding basic identification of and treatment approaches to eating disorders, as well as other important consideration for dietitians, including scope of practice, coordination of care, and weight bias.


  • Participants will be able to differentiate between eating disorder diagnoses, as defined by the DSM-5
  • Participants will be able to discuss eating disorders as biopsychosocial in nature
  • Participants will be able to discuss members of the eating disorder treatment team and their varying roles
  • Participants will be able to define weight bias and discuss its harmful effects and prevalence in dietitians


Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives:

1.2.5 Identifies a need and seeks additional resources when needed

8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice

9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes

10.1.2 Conducts the nutrition screening to identify patient risks and level of criticality and to direct services


Learning Need Codes:

5200: Eating Disorders 

5000: Medical Nutrition Therapy

6000: Education, Training, and Counseling 

Cost: Free for members and students, $20 for non-members

CPEs: 2.0 CPEUs