Kyrstin Draney is Summerfield’s Lead Registered Dietitian, servicing the triangle area of North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and completed her dietetic internship through Meredith College, where she completed rotations working at WakeMed, Duke’s Diet and Fitness Center, and Fresenius Kidney Care. Kyrstin’s areas of experience include weight management, dietary therapy for end-stage renal disease, and chronic disease medical nutrition therapy.
Straight out of high school Kyrstin attained her Early Childhood credentials and began working as a preschool teacher. Although she found joy in teaching, she longed to tie in her intense culinary enthusiasm and creativity, and teach to a larger audience. Her foodie mindset was paired with healthcare as she began her undergraduate experience, when her own health and wellness was at stake due to complications from an autoimmune disorder. Through lifestyle changes, specifically oriented around her food choices, she was able to grow, heal, and learn.
Her ability to overcome and thrive gave her the motivation she needed to help others who are seeking to improve their wellness through diet change and nutrition education. This facilitated her no-brainer decision to study dietetics and become a Registered Dietitian. Kyrstin believes in individual dietary design. Her goal and promise as a dietitian is to help others find foods and create meals that they love, that taste delicious — that also support and help achieve health goals. She aims to educate on real approaches to eating more mindfully, and to help expand enticing culinary choices. Kyrstin enjoys tying in creative and fun ways to apply nutrition therapy and, even more so, growing with the clients and patients she works with as they overcome health issues and thrive with nutrition as she once did.