Meet Our Nutritionists

Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN

Darlene founded Nutritional Weight & Wellness. In her 25 years as a counselor and nutritionist, Darlene has helped so many people change their lives using the power of real food. She will stay with you every step of the way to better health, no matter how complex or chronic the condition.


Kara Carper, MA, CNS, LN

Kara knows the power of real food to heal almost any health concern—from anxiety to weight loss. She discovered the power of food for herself when she used nutrition to heal her insomnia. She will be your nutrition partner as you discover the connection between what you eat...


Kate Crosby, BS, CNP

Kate truly believes in the power of real food to heal illness and create vibrant health. She relies on her wisdom, life experience and nutritional knowledge to develop nutritional solutions for complex health issues. Clients appreciate Kate’s dedication...


Lea Wetzell, MS, CNS, LN

Lea has her own life-changing nutrition story—a story that ignited her passion for nutrition. Her journey to health and wellness started in 2003 when she lost 50 pounds and healed her chronic asthma with real food and exercise. She will use this experience to help you reach your...


Katie Vigesaa, RD, LD

Katie discovered her calling to be a nutrition educator at a young age when a teacher helped her understand the healing powers of food. Preventive nutrition is her passion because she knows that real food is critical for staying well. Katie will use her deep knowledge of nutrition to...


Brenna Thompson, MS, RD, LD

Brenna loves nutrition and its life-changing effects. With an active lifestyle, she knows firsthand how to use the power of good nutrition to stay energized. You will enjoy her down-to-earth suggestions and her positive sense of humor. Brenna loves to cook and to share...


JoAnn Ridout, MPH, RD, LD

JoAnn has always appreciated the value of good nutrition because diabetes and cancer run in her family. Not only does JoAnn understand chronic diseases, but also she has taken on challenging and complex health conditions when she worked as a registered dietitian...


Jennifer Barnes, MS, LN

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder as a young teenager motivated Jennifer to look beyond the traditional medical treatments. In doing this, she found a significant link to her diet, and has learned how to eat to keep symptoms at bay. Jennifer is now pain free and...


Jamie Carlson, RD, LD

It was not until she was diagnosed with a thyroid condition that she discovered how to support her thyroid nutritionally. Jamie also understands the importance of nutrition for physical performance because her husband is a professional runner, and she is always trying to properly fuel...


Britni Thomas, RD, LD

Britni knows the healing power of nutrition because she has experienced it herself. She once struggled with insomnia, acne and regular migraines that would force her to retreat to a dark room for relief. Britni tried several different approaches to feel better before she realized...


Cassie Weness, RD, LD

Cassie has taken her nutrition knowledge and her passion for helping children to become an expert in healing children’s digestive issues. In fact, she used the power of real food to help her own son heal from a variety of digestive issues, including chronic reflux. She empowers you...