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About Kathy Thames, MS, RDN

As an alumnae of St. Kate's Nutrition and Dietetics program, Kathy returned to St. Kate's as faculty in the Fall of 2020. Kathy has over 30 years working as a dietitian in a variety of settings including critical care, wellness and rehab, academic, private practice and culinary training. As the capstone to her career, Kathy brings her practical application skills to the classroom to prepare diverse nutrition and dietetics students as leaders for a variety of professional roles. Kathy's passion is to educate and provide culinary and practical tools to help translate the science of nutrition into food choices.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Nutrition Department

Curriculum Vitae



2021 - Present Determinants for Choosing Processed Foods in Adult Populations
Saint Catherine University
Summer Scholars
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Member, Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1985 - Present Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Honors and Awards

  • FODMAPs Certification 2019 MONASH University, Australia
  • Integrative & Functional Nutrition Training Certificate, Levels 1 & 2 2019 Integrative Functional Nutrition Academy
  • Certificate, Dietary Supplement Research Practicum 2019 Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health
  • Certificate in Food Therapy Program 2018 Natural Gourmet Institute, Manhattan, NY
  • Certified Personal Trainer- Corrective Exercise Specialist 2010 National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Pilates Instructor, Mat & Reformer 2014 Balanced Body, LLC
  • Certification in First Line Therapy, Functional Medicine 2010 Metagenics
  • Certification in Adult Weight Management 2005 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


  • FSNU 3770 Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • FSNU 2992 Food is Medicine
  • FSNU 3600 Food Service Operations and Management
  • FSNU2300 Nutrition Foundations


BA: Foods and Nutrition, Saint Catherine U ‐ Health Sciences
MS: Clinical Nutrition, Rush University ‐ Nutrition and Dietetics

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