Clinical dietitian Haleigh Storkel always knew she wanted to pursue a career in health care. Nutrition became her focus because she wanted to prevent illness, and help patients through their medical journeys.
“I became interested in nutrition from a disease prevention standpoint,” Haleigh said. “I’ve seen many of my family members struggle and suffer with chronic illness like heart diseases, diabetes and cancer, and I was interested in what lifestyle changes could control risk factors.”
Working in an outpatient setting, Haleigh follows her patients through treatment, gets to know them and figures out what barriers are there to making changes. She gravitated to oncology because she’s seen loved ones struggle with their nutrition during cancer treatment and how difficult side effects can be, and she wanted to make a difference.
“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “As a health care professional, I listen to what my patient’s concerns are and what their limitations are, because that’s the only way to understand.”
Growing up in Tomah and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Haleigh is happy to be back in the area. She and her husband, Derek, enjoy running, kayaking and hiking with their two Labrador retrievers. As a nutritionist by trade, she also loves to cook and considers herself a “foodie.”