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Gena Van Kirk, RDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator

"I want your time with me to be exactly that, your time. I believe that people seek time with me for a specific reason. I make it my goal to address what is at the forefront of your mind. If it is important to you, it is important to me."

Hospital Affiliation
Meriter Hospital Inc.

Education and Certification:

• Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
• Certified Diabetes Educator
• 2001, BS, Medical Dietetics, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Medical Philosophy:
Working as a registered dietician, Gena’s main focus is on healthy behavior changes. In her experience, willpower has little to do with it. She believes that understanding the needs of her patients is the most important thing she can do when it comes to helping them with goals such as losing weight, eating healthy and changing one’s lifestyle. She strives to work with her patients to address personal eating styles, family/work schedules and exercise preferences. Gena believes each individual’s unique personality can explain why some approaches to a healthy behavior change work while others fall short. She always says, “The best plan is the one that works for you.”

Personal Interests:
In her leisure time, Gena likes to cook and enjoy meals with friends, and enjoys activities such as kayaking, playing Frisbee golf and bowling. She also likes to run, lift weights and participate in yoga.

Meriter West Washington (Primary)
345 West Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 417-8300

Meriter DeForest-Windsor
4200 Savannah Drive
DeForest, WI 53532
Phone: (608) 417-3300

Meriter Monona
6408 Copps Avenue
Monona, WI 53716
Phone: (608) 417-3000

About Dietitians:
Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts, helping to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, education and experience that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle changes.

About The Diabetes Care Team:
The Diabetes Care Team is an interdisciplinary team of Meriter Medical Group providers with specialized training in diabetes management. The team works with patients to create personalized treatment plans that integrate the medical, nutritional and behavioral aspects of diabetes care.

Accepting New Patients: Yes
Meriter Medical Group Provider: Yes