About Courtney

Courtney Schuchmann

A Little About Me:

My name is Courtney Schuchmann. I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in Chicago, IL. I currently work as an outpatient dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Services. I enjoy practicing what I preach, sharing my nutrition knowledge, and encouraging others to join me in my journey of creating, cooking, exploring, and living a healthier lifestyle.

 

Education:

I completed my bachelors of science at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington-Normal, IL. During my time at ISU I spent a large amount of time as an engaged member and leader of my dance team, active participant of my service sorority, and worked hard at strengthen the foundation for my nutrition career path.

I then went on to complete my dietetic internship and masters degree in clinical nutrition at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. During my two years at Rush I completed my thesis research looking at the impact of a modified ketogenic diet on seizure activity in adults with epilepsy. I also did endless hours of food services, food systems management, clinic nutrition, and community nutrition outreach during my time in the internship (as do most/all dietitians). I must say, it was during my two years of grad school that I really developed a passion for nutrition and my extensive knowledge related to medical nutrition therapy, nutrition based research, and patient centered counseling.

 

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Very low-carbohydrate, high-fat, modified ketogenic diets for the treatment of epilepsy and obesity

  • Weight loss management

  • Diabetes management

  • Gluten-free diet for the treatment of Celiac disease

  • Gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases and disorders (Crohn’s, Ulcertive Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and fatty liver disease) – treated using the Specific Carbohydrate diet, the low-FODMAP diet, and the Mediterranean diet

  • Allergy elimination diet for the treatment of EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis)
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