Gretchen Gruender, MS, RDN, CSO
Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (RDN and CSO)
Gretchen has spent more than a decade working with people striving to make positive lifestyle changes. As a specialist in oncology nutrition, she is prepared to help at all stages of their journey with cancer whether they are in treatment, out of treatment, or working on prevention. Gretchen knows that each person brings their own individual story and she enjoys finding ways to help her clients make whole foods a part of how they achieve their goals.
Gretchen has achieved first-hand results by taking the whole person into consideration to help her clients maintain good nutrition. Each person is unique in their nutritional needs. For cancer patients and survivors with specialized diets, the food options become more challenging. Gretchen enjoys finding ways to help people continue to eat well, no matter what barriers they may face. Gretchen also strives to help her clients make sense of and understand current research as it applies to the individual, answering questions and finding what each person needs to optimize their health.
Gretchen’s areas of focus are:
- Oncology nutrition
- Cancer survivorship
- Cancer prevention
- General wellness
- Chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease
- Gastrointestinal (digestive) disorders
- Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease
Gretchen is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition though the Commission for Dietetic Registration. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the dietetic practice groups in Oncology Nutrition and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She completed a Masters of Science in Nutrition at Bastyr University, followed by a Dietetic Internship from Washington State University. She has over 12 years of experience as a clinical oncology dietitian at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Previously, Gretchen was at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Cancer Center in Bellingham, Washington.
In her free time, Gretchen enjoys trying new recipes in her kitchen, gardening, hiking around Washington, yoga, or spending time with her two young boys.