Kim Plessel, MS, RDN, LD - Oakdale ObGyn
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Registered Dietitian

Kim Plessel, MS, RDN, LD

“Each of us holds the key to our own health. I put a lot of value on partnering with you to use food to help enhance your well-being.”

Special medical interests: weight loss, functional nutrition, gestational diabetes, and nutrition for a healthy pregnancy and menopause.

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Registered Dietitian

Kim Plessel, MS, RDN, LD

“Each of us holds the key to our own health. I put a lot of value on partnering with you to use food to help enhance your well-being.”

Special medical interests: weight loss, functional nutrition, gestational diabetes, and nutrition for a healthy pregnancy and menopause.

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About

I love the field of nutrition because it provides an opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with my patients on a very personal journey.

Our food choices are influenced by numerous factors including childhood experiences, personal preferences, social influences and health goals. Enhancing our lifestyle patterns can feel daunting and overwhelming at times, yet hopeful and profoundly powerful. Listening and personally connecting with each of my patients allows me to creatively partner with them to identify small, sustainable improvements that can ultimately transform their lives. I know this to be true, because I have experienced it firsthand. Growing up in the Red River Valley, I was raised on classic farm fare with an affinity for ice cream and soda. I have slowly transformed my diet, embracing healthy, whole foods, learning to cook creative meals, and mindfully enjoying my treats.

Changing our behaviors is a very individualized process. I believe that each person holds the key to their own health so I try to explore creative ways to honor each patient’s intuitive wisdom while encouraging them to nutritionally enhance their well-being and their families’ health.

I am fortunate to to be a part of the Oakdale ObGyn team as I have been a patient here since 2006. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful experience here as we started our family. We have had two beautiful children, Isaac and Lilah. I continue to enjoy Oakdale’s support to live well.

In my free-time, I enjoy spending time with my family in the Elm Creek Park Reserve. We enjoy running, biking and cross-country skiing. As a busy mom, I also value my quiet time reading and practicing yoga.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science: University of Wisconsin
  • Masters of Nutrition: University of Minnesota

Certifications

  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
  • Certified Practitioner, Integrative and Functional Nutrition
  • Certified Adult Weight Management Counselor
  • Chronic Disease Self-management Master Trainer

Licensure & Registration

  • Licensed Dietitian, Minnesota State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Publications

  • Minnesota Physician, May 2016 – Gestational Diabetes Management: A Holistic Approach
  • Hakanson LH, Plessel K & Schauben LJ. Full Circle Diabetes Program: Your Guide to Successful Program Implementation, Minneapolis American Indian Center, Minneapolis, MN, February, 2007.
  • Rinderknecht Plessel K, “The Circle Model promotes holistic diabetes programming and enhances community capacity”, Abstract #1535 for poster presentation at Diabetes Translation and Obesity Conference, May 2006, Denver, CO.
  • Rinderknecht K & Smith C. Social Cognitive Theory in an After-School Nutrition Intervention for Urban Native American youth. J Nutr Ed Behav. 2004;36(6):298-306.
  • Rinderknecht K & Smith C. Body image perceptions among urban Native American youth. Obesity Research. 2002;10:315-327.
  • Smith C & Rinderknecht K. Obesity correlates with increased blood pressures in urban Native American youth. Amer J Hum Bio. 2003;15:78-90.
  • Smith C, Rinderknecht K & Guerra A. Dietary intake patterns among premenopausal (19-35 years) and postmenopausal (62-89 years) Black American women. APHA. 2000; Abstract volume: 660.

Media

  • Combating Emotional Eating. KARE 11 News
  • Mindful Eating Through the Holidays. Minnesota Health Care News. 2011.
  • Enriching Our Diets: Choosing Nutrient Dense Foods. Minnesota Health Care News. 2009.
  • Kim also serves as a content expert for local, regional and national media that include the Star Tribune, Minnesota Magazine, Minnesota Statement, and Club Business International magazine.
Biography

I love the field of nutrition because it provides an opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with my patients on a very personal journey.

Our food choices are influenced by numerous factors including childhood experiences, personal preferences, social influences and health goals. Enhancing our lifestyle patterns can feel daunting and overwhelming at times, yet hopeful and profoundly powerful. Listening and personally connecting with each of my patients allows me to creatively partner with them to identify small, sustainable improvements that can ultimately transform their lives. I know this to be true, because I have experienced it firsthand. Growing up in the Red River Valley, I was raised on classic farm fare with an affinity for ice cream and soda. I have slowly transformed my diet, embracing healthy, whole foods, learning to cook creative meals, and mindfully enjoying my treats.

Changing our behaviors is a very individualized process. I believe that each person holds the key to their own health so I try to explore creative ways to honor each patient’s intuitive wisdom while encouraging them to nutritionally enhance their well-being and their families’ health.

I am fortunate to to be a part of the Oakdale ObGyn team as I have been a patient here since 2006. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful experience here as we started our family. We have had two beautiful children, Isaac and Lilah. I continue to enjoy Oakdale’s support to live well.

In my free-time, I enjoy spending time with my family in the Elm Creek Park Reserve. We enjoy running, biking and cross-country skiing. As a busy mom, I also value my quiet time reading and practicing yoga.

Education, Certifications, Licensure & Registration

Education

  • Bachelors of Science: University of Wisconsin
  • Masters of Nutrition: University of Minnesota

Certifications

  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
  • Certified Practitioner, Integrative and Functional Nutrition
  • Certified Adult Weight Management Counselor
  • Chronic Disease Self-management Master Trainer

Licensure & Registration

  • Licensed Dietitian, Minnesota State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Publications & Media

Publications

  • Minnesota Physician, May 2016 – Gestational Diabetes Management: A Holistic Approach
  • Hakanson LH, Plessel K & Schauben LJ. Full Circle Diabetes Program: Your Guide to Successful Program Implementation, Minneapolis American Indian Center, Minneapolis, MN, February, 2007.
  • Rinderknecht Plessel K, “The Circle Model promotes holistic diabetes programming and enhances community capacity”, Abstract #1535 for poster presentation at Diabetes Translation and Obesity Conference, May 2006, Denver, CO.
  • Rinderknecht K & Smith C. Social Cognitive Theory in an After-School Nutrition Intervention for Urban Native American youth. J Nutr Ed Behav. 2004;36(6):298-306.
  • Rinderknecht K & Smith C. Body image perceptions among urban Native American youth. Obesity Research. 2002;10:315-327.
  • Smith C & Rinderknecht K. Obesity correlates with increased blood pressures in urban Native American youth. Amer J Hum Bio. 2003;15:78-90.
  • Smith C, Rinderknecht K & Guerra A. Dietary intake patterns among premenopausal (19-35 years) and postmenopausal (62-89 years) Black American women. APHA. 2000; Abstract volume: 660.

Media

  • Combating Emotional Eating. KARE 11 News
  • Mindful Eating Through the Holidays. Minnesota Health Care News. 2011.
  • Enriching Our Diets: Choosing Nutrient Dense Foods. Minnesota Health Care News. 2009.
  • Kim also serves as a content expert for local, regional and national media that include the Star Tribune, Minnesota Magazine, Minnesota Statement, and Club Business International magazine.
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