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Melissa Vondrak

Melissa Vondrak, RDN, LN

Melissa received her Bachelors of Science degree in dietetics from South Dakota State University. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship through Montana State University. During her internship, she gained a variety of experiences in rural health, sustainable food systems, foodservice, clinical, and community settings. Celiac disease and food allergies are her passion and during her internship she delved into projects relating to food allergens in hospital settings and worked with an international celiac disease specialist dietitian in Canada. Melissa is a member of the South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the National Celiac Disease Foundation’s Patient Advocate Program.

Melissa began her career as a dietitian serving individuals in low-income neighborhoods through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) teaching nutrition education and cooking skills. She also worked in the primary care setting, providing nutrition education to the patients at a Federally Qualified Health Center, working with a diverse population from various cultural backgrounds.

Melissa is excited to serve individuals in Sioux Falls as a retail dietitian. She has a passion for helping people navigate special diet needs and reach their nutrition and lifestyle goals. Melissa has experience working with a diverse array of cultural backgrounds and diets, including disease states such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, celiac disease, and various food allergies.

Dietitian Services

  • FREE Nutrition Tours

Join your Hy-Vee dietitian for a tour around the store learning how to make healthier food choices for you and your family. Tours can focus on health concerns and topics such as:

  • Healthy Kids - MyPlate Nutrition Basics
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • Weight Management
  • Celiac Disease/Gluten-Free Diet
  • Low-Sodium
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Pregnancy and Prenatal Health
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Women's Health
  • Men's Health
  • Gut Health/Probiotic Foods
  • Osteoporosis Prevention (calcium-rich foods)
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • And many more!

See schedule of events for upcoming group tour times! Tours can be geared towards children or adults. E-mail Melissa at [email protected] for more details!

  • Hy-Vee Begin Program

Begin is a 10-week healthy lifestyle and weight management class that includes:

1 initial visit with biometric screening

7 group sessions

1 follow-up session including measurements

1 final visit with biometric screening

Class sizes vary. See schedule of events for upcoming class times. E-mail Melissa at [email protected] to learn more.

  • Health Screenings

A quick test for cholesterol and blood sugars. Screening takes 15 minutes and you get your results for LDL, HDL, Total Cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose right away. Blood pressure, height, weight, and body fat percentage also collected. E-mail Melissa at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. A fasting period of 9-12 hours before appointment is required.

Cost: $45/screen

  • Community and Worksite Wellness Services

Need a nutrition presenter for a business, school, community event, or worksite wellness program? Contact Melissa and she can help you find a nutrition topic designed for your group’s interest and come to your business or organization to present on the topic. Health screenings can also be offered. Prices vary.  E-mail Melissa at [email protected] for more information.

  • Kids in the Kitchen

?Help your kids learn some practical cooking skills - all while having fun making some delicious and healthy snacks! Join Melissa for this monthly event featuring various themes and recipes. Participants get to take home 3 healthy and delicious snacks and recipes! See events calendar, Eventbrite, or the Hy-Vee Facebook events page to see upcoming scheduled events. Pre-registration and pre-pay is required. Contact Melissa at [email protected] for more details. 

Cost: $12/child

  • Celiac Support Group

?Whether you are recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, have had Celiac for several years, or have to follow a gluten-free diet for other health reasons, it is nice to have a support system for managing a sometimes challenging gluten-free diet.

Join Melissa, Sioux Falls Empire Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, to learn more about the newest research in the gluten-free/celiac disease community and how to manage a healthy diet and lifestyle while also keeping it gluten-free. The goal of this group is to provide a supportive network for individuals with Celiac Disease and other gluten-related intolerances or disorders to share tips and tricks, product recommendations, recipes, etc. This group is FREE and anyone is welcome to join!

If interested in being included on the Sioux Falls Celiac Support Group e-mail list, please e-mail Melissa at [email protected] and let her know you would like to receive e-mail reminders for meetings, events, product updates, recent gluten-free related news, etc.

Meetings will be the 3rd or 4th Monday of every month at 6pm. See future Hy-Vee events calendar or Facebook events and e-mails to learn more details of upcoming meeting dates.

Located at your Empire Hy-Vee (in the Market Grille Area):
4101 S Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

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