Elaina Jurecki, MS, RD
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and my Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University. I completed a 1-year dietetic internship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and continued on working there for five years in the Genetics Department, coordinating care for children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism. I also worked in the hospital on the pediatric ward and in the pediatric intensive care unit. I then was recruited to come work for Kaiser as a Metabolic Nutrition Coordinator for the Northern California Kaisers. I took a three-year break, moving to Southern California, where I worked at Long Beach Memorial Hospital providing nutritional care for pediatric patients in the clinics for genetics, inborn errors, endocrine, and GI. This provided me a good opportunity to see how Medical Centers, outside of Kaiser, manages pediatric patients with chronic disease. I returned to Northern California Kaiser in fall, 2001, and resumed my position as a Regional Metabolic Nutrition Coordinator in the Genetics Department. I am very interested in pediatric nutrition and in biochemistry, and in the clinical research pertaining to these areas. In addition to my career here at Kaiser, I have a family, and spend a great deal of time volunteering at school and with youth sporting events and activities. My passions include spending time with my family, biking, roller-blading, and hiking, gardening, and reading (usually journal articles).