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About Us


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.
Susan’s specialty areas include: oncology nutrition, diabetes and prediabetes, cardiac nutrition, renal nutrition, eating disorders, mindful/inituitive eating, tube feeding and gastrointestinal disorders.


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.

Lauren’s specialty areas include: Childhood nutrition and feeding, eating disorders, mindful/intuitive eating, cardiac nutrition, prediabetes and IBS.


Abigail Ploch

Abigail earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her work in the outpatient setting, Abigail has 2+ years experience working in eating disorder treatment centers at the partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient level of care. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Abigail utilizes a Health At Every Size (HAES), non-diet, “All Foods Fit” approach to help both teens (16+ years old) and adults find a healthier, more balanced relationship between self and food.

Abigail focuses her practice on helping those struggling with disordered eating/eating disorders, mindful/intuitive eating, improving overall nutrition status, and nutrition-related health concerns (including gastrointestinal disease, prediabetes, and food intolerances/allergies).

Abigail’s specialty areas include: Eating disorders and mindful/intuitive eating


Kyndal Klose


Kyndal earned her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Texas at Austin. Kyndal practices using a Health At Every Size (HAES), non-diet approach and works with both adolescent (13+ years old) and adult populations of all genders. She recognizes that health is influenced by many factors beyond just what we eat and that food serves many purposes in addition to nourishing our bodies, including providing a sense of pleasure and community. She desires to provide nutrition education in a way that keeps food a satisfying part of life while supporting client-led goals of improving overall health. Her specialties as a registered dietitian nutritionist include disordered eating and eating disorders, mindful and intuitive eating, and introductory nutrition education for at-risk populations (elevated lab values, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal disorders, food intolerances/allergies, etc.).


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 45 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 worked as a preceptor with UT’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Now retired, Alexa serves in a consulting capacity to the registered dietitian nutritionists at Sparkman Nutrition.


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’s specialty areas include: eating disorders, mindful/intuitive eating, childhood nutrition and feeding, IBS.

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