Virtual NCAND Regional Meeting in September 2023

Friday, September 8, 2023
Location: Zoom

Registration Type


Current NCAND Member




Current NCAND Student Member


Registration will open in early July 2023!



Speaker and Title

8:25 - 8:30 am 

Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 9:30 am

"Nutrition and Fertility - Is There A Link?" - Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LD 

Lecture Summary: 1 in 6 couples will experience infertility. More data is highlighting how diet may play a role in fertility outcomes for both males and females. In this lecture, the evidence will be covered and practical tips to share with clients will be shared.

9:30 - 10:30 am

Presentation #2

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 11:45 am

Presentation #3

11:45 - 12:45 pm

Presentation #4

12:45 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

"Precision Nutrition - Recent Advances and Controversies in Genetic Testing" - Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD

Lecture Summary: There is increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is inefficient and sometimes ineffective. Genetic differences can explain individual differences in response to various dietary factors and randomized controlled trials show that DNA-based dietary recommendations can improve compliance. With increasing awareness and demand for genetic testing, there is a need for healthcare professionals to have sufficient knowledge to understand and determine the benefits and limitations of the science and testing.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

"Nutrition and Solid Organ Transplant: Neonate to Adulthood" - Patience Ergish, MS, RD, CSP, LDN 

Lecture Summary: This presentation will take a journey through pre-transplant nutrition.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"From RD to CEO: Utilizing the Power of Social Media to Grow Your Online Private Practice" - Illa Garcia, MS, RD, LDN 

Lecture Summary: In this lecture, Illa, the founder and CEO of The Millennial Nutritionist, will explore the potential of social media for registered dietitians looking to grow their online private practices. Illa will explain the power of social media platforms in reaching and booking your ideal client, discuss strategies for establishing a strong online brand, provide insights on content creation and strategy, and explore ways to maximize your income from varied social media platforms. By leveraging online marketing, building an engaged online community, and utilizing social media analytics, registered dietitians can dominate the online nutrition space, increase job satisfaction, and diversify their revenue streams.

4:00 pm


Agenda subject to change without notice.


Sponsor Information: 

Virtual Sponsor Opportunities include the following:

$300 Virtual Meeting Sponsor 

  • Sponsor contact information sent to all attendees along with a short advertisement (3-4 sentences) about your company/entity.

  • Complete list of meeting attendees contact information. 

Add on option for virtual meeting sponsor: 

Option to add a newsletter ad to your registration for an additional $100 (note: you must register for the $300 virtual meeting sponsor to be eligible for the discounted $100 newsletter ad).