Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to her current position, Kristin worked for Cleveland Clinic Employee Wellness and was responsible for managing large-scale wellness initiatives and projects throughout the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Kristin began her career in Washington, DC, lobbying for Medical Nutrition Therapy reform with the American Dietetic Association’s Policy and Advocacy group. From there, she went on to become the Regional Coordinator of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Hearts N’ Parks program in Montgomery County, Maryland. During her time with Hearts N’ Parks, Kristin designed, implemented and measured health promotion programs within the Washington, DC metro area. She returned to Ohio and started working at Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Genetics and entered into the University of Akron’s coordinated program in Dietetics. She presents nationally on a variety of nutrition and wellness related topics and is a regular contributor on The Dr. Oz Show, National and Northeast Ohio TV stations, The Huffington Post and is the nutrition advisor to YouBeauty and Cleveland Clinic’s Health Hub. Kristin has been quoted in magazines such as Martha Stewart Whole Living, Fitness, Women’s Health, SelfWomen’s Day magazine and WebMd.

Kristin has over 12 years of experience in the health management area, holds a Masters of Science in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Kristin is also licensed as a Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio.

Fun Facts

  • Spent a year as a White House Intern and another year on a presidential campaign
  • Owns 2 goats, a pot bellied pig and 3 dogs
  • Happy anywhere as long as I’m with my husband Andy
  • Lived in London for 4 months
  • Loves to run – but slower than a truck

Chocolate Bark

This dark-chocolate dessert provides tons of heart-healthy benefits while keeping your waistline intact. Skip the store-bought stuff and whip this up at home instead. Get the recipe.


Chia Banana Cake

This cake cuts out the sugar and delivers natural sweetness with bananas, honey and vanilla. Plus, the chia seeds in this cake are packed with omega-3s and anti-inflammatory properties, making this…


Corn Soup

Corn is loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Mix it with this easy vegetable broth for a healthier spin on creamy comfort food. Get the recipe.


Vegetable Tapenade

Made with vitamin C-rich peppers, metabolism-boosting hot sauce and omega-3 rich walnuts – this dip has the zing and flavor that is sure to satisfy. Use it as a vegan…


Chicken Marsala

Who doesn’t love chicken marsala? The rich sauce, the big portions of juicy chicken and the mouthfeel that goes along with the meal. This recipe for two that will cost you…


Grated Vegetable Pasta with Fennel and Clams

High in vitamin C and a good source of fiber, fennel can stand with just about any plant when it comes to its health benefits. Enjoy it daily in salads,…


Western Turkey Cakes

A recent study in the journal Neurology found that individuals that consumed greater amounts of lean sources of protein were less likely to have a stroke. The evidence however was…


Vegan Paella

If you love Paella but prefer to save a few shrimp, have we got a recipe for you! This dish is packed with tons of vegetables that can help boast…


Tangy Salsa

Next time you’re in the mood for chips and dip, try making your own salsa! Why? Many of the store-bought salsas have added ingredients you just don’t need or want…


Oyster & Shitake Mushroom Salad

Mushrooms are fabulous! They provide flavor, texture and in many recipes, an alternative to meat. Now, mushrooms can boast another big plus! According to research conducted in 2013 mushrooms may also…