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Meet Our Dietitians

Nikki Ver Steeg, RD, LN, Certified Wellness Coach

Nikki Ver SteegAs a Registered Dietitian for Avera Heart Hospital, I have the opportunity to wear a lot of hats. I'm a certified wellness coach, cardiovascular nutrition expert, cookbook author, motivational speaker, project manager, media representative, cooking class instructor, and nutrition spokesperson. I do it all — and I love every minute of it.

In my work with Avera, I have helped hundreds of people lose weight, lower their blood cholesterol, and improve their health and wellbeing through personalized nutrition consultation. I've also written several cookbooks and created the Five-Finger Menu Planning Guide, an innovative tool that helps adults and children plan nutritious and wholesome meals.

Heart health is serious business – but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. I am passionate about what I do and love to share it with others.

Mary Beth Russell

I have 18 years of experience developing others into the healthy person they want to be. I absolutely love my job. I am passionate about my own personal mission for health and wellness and feel it is the key to a long and happy life.  I also feel very strongly about the benefits of exercise. I spend a great deal of our free time at the gym working out.  In my opinion, a well balanced diet needs to be partnered with a well balanced workout that includes both cardio and weight bearing exercise for overall health.   As a registered dietitian I feel it is my mission to meet people where they are at in their wellness journey.  I enjoy partnering with them to develop their own personal health goals and then my aim is fulfilled as I guide them on their path to success.