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Dana White Bariatric Dietitian

Hi, I'm Dana!

I’m a Registered Dietitian who specializes in nutrition before and after bariatric surgery. I’d love to tell you more about myself!

I have always had an interest in nutrition, weight management, and bariatric medicine. I worked in hospital-based clinical weight management for most of my career, and in 2007, I began working as a Bariatric Dietitian in a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in the Chicago suburbs. I spent 15 years helping, supporting, and guiding thousands of bariatric surgery
patients at all phases of their bariatric surgery journeys. I collaborated with the whole clinical team: surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, and exercise physiologists. I developed nutrition resources, led nutrition initiatives, and trained other Registered Dietitians in the complexities of bariatric nutrition.

In 2021, I began building and creating a bariatric nutrition program designed to provide more consistent guidance to those who needed extra help and support during the bariatric surgery process. This unique journey often requires more interaction, more opportunities for questions, and more touchpoints in order to be successful. The result was The Bariatric Jumpstart Nutrition Coaching Program. I’m proud to say this coaching program provides a high level of expert nutrition support to help patients optimize their nutrition for healthy weight loss, but also promotes positive habits for long-term success while having fun along the way!

I also love providing bariatric nutrition tips and connecting with the bariatric surgery community on Instagram @bariatricdietitian.dana. I’m so happy to be here (and have you here with me!) and offer extra nutrition support for all those who need a little bariatric boost!

In my free time, I love exploring our surroundings in our new home in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband and two children. We love to hike, swim, and try new foods. When we’re not outside, I love to cook, attempt yoga, and roam the aisles of Target.


Benedictine University - Lisle, Illinois 

Master’s Degree (MS) in Nutrition and Wellness

University of Houston - Houston, Texas

Dietetic Internship

Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness & Health

Professional Activities

BariNation Nutrition Expert: @Bari.Nation (2022)

Member, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 

Professional conference speaker: Advocate Health Obesity Awareness Symposium (2013, 2015, 2016), Midwestern University and IL Osteopathic Medical Society (2017)

Past corporate wellness speaker: UPS, Discover Card, The Field Museum, Illinois Tollway

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