At Ohio State, we provide the highest quality nutritional dietary counseling through our expert team of registered dietitians, nutritionists, chefs and more. It’s never too late to start eating healthier – whether you want to lose weight, your doctor has recommended a dietary change or you just want to eat healthier! Meet and learn more about our team of experts in nutrition and dietary services.


Get to know the Michael Bloch Cafe team

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Bloch Cafe Manager Katie McKurdy

Who is someone you admire and why ? 
My mom. I know it’s a cliché’ choice, but she has worked hard her entire life and yet she never stops setting new goals for herself. Instead of retirement, she is working to earn her masters and, possibly, a doctorate degree. She is positive, beautiful and really just everything I aspire to be as I grow and define myself and my role in this world. 

Describe your typical work day:
I arrive around 6 a.m. and go through all the opening tasks, including brewing coffee and setting up the serving line. We open for the masses at 7 a.m. to begin serving breakfast. After breakfast, we start setting up for lunch. If time allows, our café team will sit down for a family meal between the two services. I've always felt like that was a practice that really helps bring a team together. During lunch service, I will either be working the serving line with my assistant sous chefs, putting in to-go orders, scheduling, adjusting menus or handling other administrative tasks to keep the cafe moving along. 

What makes the Bloch Café special ? 

So many things! First, we make good food from scratch as often as possible. We customize menu items for specialty diets, and try to keep plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. We also provide a personal interaction through every step of your dining experience. Someone takes your order and typically asks you how you are that day, we interact with customers about their days, talk about food, life, and we hand deliver your order to you at your table or at the end of the counter. Chauncey and Ted bring the jokes, Anastasia is known as the kind heart, and Sam and I get mistaken for the same person a lot. But regardless we learn a lot about our customers. Some of the patients that come in on a regular basis will stop by to give us hugs before they leave. It means a lot to know they appreciated us helping them throughout their journey here. It’s a special place where we get to touch so many people. 

 

 

Nutrition Services Web Team

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James Warner

Program Director, Nutrition Services Department

I am the program director of food and nutrition in the Nutrition Services Department. My work includes integrating food, nutrition and wellness education throughout the medical center, as well as engaging with various healthy eating community initiatives. I have a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and I am a clinical instructor at the College of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Liz Weinandy

Liz Weinandy, MPH, RDN, LD

I am a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 20 years of experience in the ambulatory setting for weight management, diabetes, heart disease and kidney stones.

Lori Williams

Lori Williams, MS, RDN, LD

I am a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 24 years of experience in clinical settings including acute care, long term care, outpatient consultation and dialysis. I currently specialize in providing medically required nutrition therapy, most commonly to treat patients with obesity, heart disease or kidney disease.

Natalie Stephens

Natalie Stephens, RDN, LD

I am a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 11 years of clinical nutrition experience. My current role in the Nutrition Services Department is to lead our 17 outpatient dietitian staff members to give their patients the best care available. I am a former president of the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND), a current consumer protection coordinator for OAND and an appointed member of the Nutrition Services Payment Committee for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.