Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Marshfield Clinic Registered Dietitian Kristene Schulte loves Wisconsin summers, though she misses Virginia winters.
Another one of her loves is working with patients, teaching them about nutrition.
Kristene has a lifelong love of teaching accompanied by a passion for health and wellness. As a dietitian, she is able to combine those two elements.
Previously, she was the diabetes center program coordinator at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital and prior to that spent 13 years as a clinical nutrition specialist. Kristene is also a certified diabetes educator, and she sees many patients with diabetes as well as those who want to lose weight, have high blood pressure or have food intolerances.
“It’s really rewarding to see patients who have been successful. They’re the ones who have to do the hard work, but I’m happy to be part of helping them in their journey to a healthier life,” Kristene said.
Drawn to Marshfield Clinic by its reputation for providing high-quality care, Kristene feels she is in a great place to focus on her patients.
“I try to meet my patients where they’re at, wherever that might be. I want to empower them to learn how they can improve their health through better nutrition and setting realistic goals,” Kristene said. “I try to individualize my approach for each patient.”
For Kristene, it is important to collaborate with her patients and communicate openly, so patients feel a sense of ownership over their health care. She hopes patients will find her easy to talk to, warm and compassionate.
Away from work, Kristene likes to stay active by hiking, swimming, biking, ballroom and swing dancing and spending time with her husband and three daughters. She also enjoys scrapbooking.