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The Nutrition Services team at Children’s Mercy provides comprehensive nutrition assessments and individualized care plans for children in our hospitals and clinics. Our focus is on helping children manage their medical conditions, grow well, and develop healthy nutrition and eating habits. 


In addition to providing specialized care to children, the Nutrition Services team also hosts nutrition education sessions for Children’s Mercy staff, community members and health care students. Many of our team members are active in nutrition research as well.

Nutrition counseling 


Your primary care provider or specialist can refer you for an appointment to see a Registered Dietitian in the Nutrition Clinic. A counseling session in our clinic often includes meal planning, nutrition assessment, growth evaluation and nutrition education. 

In addition to the Nutrition Clinic, our Registered Dietitians also partner with the care teams in several different multidisciplinary clinics at Children’s Mercy. These include: 

  • Allergy/Asthma/Immunology
  • Beacon Clinic
  • Cardiology 
  • Down Syndrome
  • Eating Disorder Center
  • Endocrine/Diabetes
  • Feeding 
  • Gastroenterology/Liver Care
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Metabolic/Genetic
  • Nephrology/Kidney
  • Neurology/Epilepsy
  • Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • Special Care/NICU Follow-up
  • Weight Management Clinic


Nutrition care for children in the hospital 


Our Registered Dietitians are an important part of your child’s care team when they are staying at the hospital. Dietitians provide comprehensive nutrition services that are tailored to your child’s individual needs. 

Inpatient nutrition services include: 

  • Screening children to identify nutrition risks. 
  • Assessing nutrition needs and making recommendations on how to best meet those needs.
  • Recommending appropriate feeding plans to meet the nutritional needs of children of all ages. 
  • Managing the care of children with a feeding tube or who receive parenteral (IV) nutrition. 
  • Providing nutrition education and dietary instructions for families. 

Nutrition Clinic

Common conditions we treat in the Nutrition Clinic include: 

Food allergies
General nutrition/healthy eating
Poor weight gain/growth and malnutrition \
Tube feeding assessments 

Contact us 


To schedule an appointment with the Nutrition Clinic, call (816) 234-3700. Please have your insurance information and primary care provider’s contact information with you when you call. Ask your child’s physician to submit a request for consultation to the Nutrition Clinic. 

Existing patients care also request, reschedule or cancel an appointment through the patient portal or by calling (816) 234-3700. 

Additional contact information

Nutrition Department:
(816) 234-3468

Department Director:
Kristi Thaete, MS, RD, CSP, LD
(816) 983-6727

Office Manager:
Kim Strickland
(816) 234-3989

Interim Medical Director:
Jennifer Colombo, MD


The Department of Nutrition Services is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Information for health care providers

Refer a patient to Nutrition Services

Nutrition resources for providers

Learning opportunities

Dietetic Internship at Children's Mercy