Food as Medicine

Medical Nutrition Therapy

141. Integrating Nutrition in Fertility Treatment: The Dietitian’s Role in Reproductive Medicine

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 3 - Advanced

The effect of diet on fertility is frequently overlooked in favor of low tech and high tech fertility treatments. However, improving diet can have a profound impact on the ability to conceive. This leads to a reduced need for very expensive, high tech, in vitro fertilization procedures. Even for patients who require IVF, an improved diet will result in fewer complications, better outcomes, and less complicated pregnancies. Dietitians will benefit from a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to conceive, current reproductive treatments, and how to integrate appropriate medical nutrition therapy into fertility practices. Join a Reproductive Endocrinologist and a Registered Dietitian who have been working to optimize lifestyles for women and men to create successful pregnancies.

Planned with the Women's Health DPG

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4180 - Women’s health
  • 5410 - Client protocols, clinical guidelines
  • 4120 - Life Cycle

Katie Leahy, MS, RDN, CDN

Katie Leahy, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE is currently an outpatient dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator near Saratoga, New York, with experience in a variety of settings including corporate wellness, school nutrition, acute care and skilled nursing facilities.
Katie is the immediate Past Chair of the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Katie completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston distance program, and holds a Master’s in Nutrition from Marywood University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College.


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Judy Simon, MS, RDN, CD, CHES, FAND

Judy practices as a registered dietitian nutritionist and adjunct faculty at the University of Washington Medical Center. She also owns a private practice, Mind Body Nutrition, PLLC specializing in reproductive nutrition. She has developed a successful program for women who desire to optimize their lifestyle, Food for Fertility with Angela Thyer MD that meets regularly at Seattle Reproductive Medicine. Judy has been an invited speaker on fertility at American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Congress, FNCE, state dietetic association, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society meeting, Seattle Tacoma Area Reproductive Society and Greater Seattle Dietetic association. Judy is the past chair of the NutritiSig of ASRM and held multiple leadership roles in the Women’s Health DPG. She has been the recipient of Community Practice Award for Excellence, Washington Academy Nutrition Dietetics 2017 and Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health Award: Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014.


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Angela Thyer, MD

Angela Thyer, MD is a subspecialty physician in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, and fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Following fellowship, she joined the faculty at the University of Washington. In 2004, she became one of the founding partners of Seattle Reproductive Medicine, the largest fertility practice on the west coast.
Dr. Thyer’s interests include polycystic ovary syndrome, reproductive aging, and optimizing fertility treatments with lifestyle approaches. She is the Medical Directory for the Food for Fertility program which has helped many women achieve pregnancy through lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Thyer has presented at American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Congress, the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, and Seattle Tacoma Area Reproductive Society. She is an active member of ASRM, ACOG, ABLM, PCRS, SREI and STARS.


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