Hi, I’m Tok-Hui Yeap and welcome to KinderNutrition! I was born and raised in Malaysia and earned my degree in nutrition and dietetics at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. I’m a Registered Dietitian (RD), Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), Licensed Dietitian (LD) and have been working as a clinical dietitian since 2005, concentrating in neonatal, pediatric, and maternal health. I started this website to share my knowledge and experience working with premature/term infants, children, and mothers and their sometimes challenging dietary needs (and wants!), as well as to offer my consultation services to those who require more customized nutrition therapy. I know there’s a lot of information out there about food, diet, and nutrition — often very confusing or simply misleading — so my goal is to provide not only useful tips but ones you can feel confident are based on the latest science and research.
I’m currently the Pediatric Clinical Dietitian at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Oregon. I work both in-patient and provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to high risk infant/children at the outpatient Pediatric Specialties clinic. I’m also multilingual — fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese — and have a wide knowledge of Asian food culture and beliefs.
Just like many of you, I’m a foodie, working mom, and a wife trying to juggle between work, family, and health. Luckily, my family are kind enough to be my test subject and my professional plus clinical experience have given me opportunities to work with kids and their families to improve health through nutrition. My approach to nutrition solutions is based on realistic goals and catering to what can be achieved by the children/family together.
- How do you pronounce your name? — TOE-kwee yeep, but I’ve been nicknamed everything from “TKO” to “Toki”.
- Is it “KinderNutrition” as in “kindergarten” or “to be more kind?” — Officially, it’s the first one, given my emphasis on pediatric nutrition (“kinder” being German for “children”). But hopefully you will also see the work I do as positive and approachable!
- What is a registered dietitian (RD) ? — RD is a trained nutrition professional who has met the strict educational and experiential standards set forth by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).