• Registered Dietitian
  • M - F: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • By Appointment Only
  • Peer Nutrition Coaching
  • By Appointment Only


The University Health Center Nutrition Service unit empowers and supports members of the University of Maryland College Park community with the knowledge and skills needed to make and implement healthy nutrition choices today and for a lifetime.

Nutrition Services

Registered Dietitian

The Registered Dietitian Consultation service includes Medical Nutrition Therapy (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, digestive issues) using a holistic, non-diet approach to nutrition and health. The Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) provides knowledge and practical skills according to each client’s individual needs and preferences to help them reach their health and wellness goals. 

Fees are associated with this service: 

  • students: $20 per session
  • faculty/staff: $55.00 per session

Please email JJakubcz@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.

Peer Nutrition Coaching Service

The Nutrition Coaching team consists of undergraduate dietetic students supervised by the UHC Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. This service offers clients support, encouragement and guidance in reaching general healthy eating goals, based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The Nutrition Coach will help you break down your nutrition goal into manageable steps and offer ongoing support and accountability. This is a free service.

This service is available during Fall and Spring semester only.

Please note this service does not include Medical Nutrition Therapy. If you have nutrition related health issues such as diabetes, digestive disease, major food allergies, eating disorder etc., please refer to the Registered Dietitian Consultation Service.

Please email NutritionCoach@umd.edu to schedule an appointment.

Meet our Peer Nutrition Coaches

Julia Latoff (she/her)

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Major/grad year: Dietetics, 2022

Why I chose dietetics: In high school, I became fascinated by idea that “food is medicine”. I wanted to dive deeper into the connection between physical health and diet to explore how a nutritious diet can solve many health issues.

Favorite food: Any type of pasta. My mother is 100% Italian so growing up, my family had homemade sauce and meatballs every Sunday night. Pasta reminds me of home and my family!

Words to live by: “What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you” - Gina Susanna

Jenna Tognola (she/her)

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Major: Dietetics, 2022

Why did you chose dietetics as your major? Ever since I was young, I was always cooking in the kitchen with my mom. I learned so much from her about culinary arts, recipes, and nutrition, and I saw the immense impact her food choices had on her overall health. Dietetics was the perfection combination of my love for cooking, nutrition, and science!

What is your favorite food and why? My favorite food is popcorn because it is so easy to make and is a great snack! You can put so many different toppings on it too—so versatile.

Favorite quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

Casey McAlpine (she/her)

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Major: Dietetics (with a Spanish minor), 2022

Why I chose dietetics: Freshman year, I took an introductory nutrition class as a Gen Ed and quickly became very interested in the course material (I would even read the textbook for fun). I began considering switching my major from psychology to dietetics; however, I was hesitant about the many chemistry and biology courses required of the dietetics major. After trying a couple of these courses, I realized that I enjoyed the science classes and became confident that a career in dietetics would both fit my interest in nutrition as well as my desire to work with and help others.

Favorite food: I would say there is a tie between red grapes and baked Mac and cheese with bread crumbs for which is my favorite food. I love all fruit, but I find red grapes to be very refreshing, and freshman year I would eat them almost every day in the dining hall. I love cheese and pasta (and the bread crumbs add a little crunch) so what’s not to love about Mac and cheese?! 

Words to live by:

“Things usually work out in the end.”

“What if they don’t?”

“That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.” 

– Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Caroline Brune (she/her)

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Major: Dietetics, 2022 

Why did you choose dietetics? I choose dietetics due to my interest in the relationship between fueling your body properly and achieving optimal health. I enjoy educating individuals on the importance of adequate nutrition. Additionally, I have always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen cooking and developing new recipes. 

What is your favorite food and why? My favorite food is peanut butter because it satisfies both the sweet and salty craving and all of my favorite snacks involve peanut butter. I love enjoying an apple or banana with peanut butter, peanut butter toast, or a yogurt bowl topped with peanut butter. 

Words to live by or favorite quote? “Everything happens for a reason. Everything leads to something better.” - Unknown 

Bailee Richman (she/her)

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Major Dietetics (minor in a General Business), 2022

Why did you choose dietetics; I want to teach others how to have a positive relationship with food as well as how to prevent possible diseases through the use of diet and exercise. 

My favorite food is pasta with pesto sauce because of how creamy the dish is! I love carbs and will typically eat pasta 4-5 times a week. 

A quote that I live by is “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action” by Dr. Henry Link. Anything is possible if you persevere through your difficulties!

To speak to the University Health Center Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist please email JJakubcz@umd.edu or call 301-314-8140