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About Us


Alexa Sparkman


Alexa holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized specialist, Alexa has more than 40 years experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working with nutrition therapy and behavioral change. She is uniquely qualified to counsel people of all ages toward a healthier way of eating, renewed lifestyle and wellness. Alexa is a well-sought-after source and has been quoted in major metropolitan publications including Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and local favorite Austin Fit Magazine. As a lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Alexa taught nutrition counseling skills to upper-level undergraduates and works as a preceptor with UT’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics.


Anne Wilfong


Anne holds bachelor’s degrees in both nutrition and business from the University of Texas at Austin. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, she works closely with clients to encourage personal behavior modification to achieve their goals. Anne is particularly interested in eating disorders and oncology nutrition and works with patients to improve their overall nutrition status. She enjoys working with groups and offers several wellness seminars to small and large corporations. Anne guest lectures at the University of Texas at Austin on eating disorders and you can find Anne’s recipes, videos and articles published in past issues of Austin Fit Magazine.


Carly Reed Janak


Carly received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her dietetic internship requirements through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UT.  In addition to her degree, she also earned a Business Foundations Certificate. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics provided supervised practice experience in areas including clinical practice, foodservice management, administrative nutrition, corporate wellness, eating disorder treatment, pediatric nutrition, and community dietetics.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Carly looks forward to working with clients to improve their health through diet and behavior modifications.
Carly practices out of our two Houston area locations.


Abigail Ploch


Abigail earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Abigail finds joy in supporting others in their journey toward greater nutritional and overall health. She practices evidence-based nutrition in one-on-one and group settings. Abigail has a passion for eating disorder recovery and promoting a healthy relationship between self and food for all individuals. She also offers educational presentations to organizations and small groups, drawing on her experience with intuitive eating, general nutrition, and at-risk populations in our community.

In addition to her work with Sparkman Nutrition, Abigail works part time at Center for Discovery, an eating disorder treatment facility in downtown Austin.


Lauren Brauer


Lauren holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Tufts University and has over a decade of experience working as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with both children and adults.  Using a collaborative, client-centered approach, her goal is to help people eat in a way that supports their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness. Lauren specializes in helping children and their parents with feeding, eating, and growth concerns.  She also enjoys working with individuals with chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes, and those who want to restore a positive relationship with food and their bodies.

Lauren has co-authored a book chapter about pediatric nutrition as well as an expert-consensus article about nutrition therapy for children. She has created multiple curricula for nutrition group programs and has been an invited expert speaker for several professional medical and nutrition organizations both in Massachusetts and in Austin.  She has served as a preceptor for dozens of students in both the Texas State and University of Texas nutrition programs. As someone who enjoys gardening, cooking, and eating, Lauren also has a special interest in food’s environmental impact/sustainability.


Susan Ivester


Susan has loved helping people achieve their nutrition goals  in many different health care settings.  She has worked in private practice twice in her career,  in the 1990’s and again since 2014 with Sparkman Nutrition, LLC.  She has specialized in eating disorder therapy both in private practice and at Meridell Achievement Center which is a residential treatment center for ages 10-18. As a Clinical Dietitian working part-time at Round Rock Medical Center, she is well versed in developing  realistic strategies to manage health challenges like Renal, Cardiovascular, and Gastrointestinal disease as well as Diabetes and Cancer.
To stay young in mind, body, and spirit, she spends time outdoors cycling, swimming, hiking, or walking her Pomeranian, Marley.  She loves to cook and shares creative approaches to recipes with her patients at Sparkman Nutrition.  Volunteering has been a way of life for many years in different areas including the health care arena as well as the arts.

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