About

Our Philosophy

We are foods-first dietitians, meaning we believe food to be a foundation for good health, and we aim to treat and manage conditions, when possible, with food first, then potentially supplementation if indicated. Pharmaceutical treatment can also be necessary to manage certain conditions; we have a good knowledge base of commonly prescribed medications, when they are indicated, their mechanism in the body, and how they may interact with foods, and we believe very strongly in working side-by-side with the rest of your healthcare team to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your health to help you achieve optimal health outcomes.

Also, we do not teach dieting, but rather ways to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your life, which serve to create new eating habits for you to continue throughout your lifetime; this is very different from the widespread crash-course diets offered that entice consumers with the promise of fast results, which is more often than not, unhealthy. Our approach allows for a more realistic and practical treatment and, therefore, better success in achieving long-term and sustainable results. The path to sustainable change may take time and requires motivation and accountability, as well as healthy recommendations that are able to be incorporated into your current lifestyle. We understand that our hectic lives can make change difficult, but we are here to help you find ways to overcome these obstacles by working with you to establish realistic goals. All nutrition care plans are personalized to each patient’s specific health goals and preferences. Our nutrition advice is always based on evidence-based scientific research. We do not make any recommendations to you that do not have a solid foundation in credible, published research.

libby hugo rdn

Libby Hugo, RDN, CDCES

I am a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) providing nutrition counseling for individuals, families, and groups. I specialize in Medical Nutrition Therapy for diabetes and weight management, but see patients for a wide range of conditions, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, gastrointestinal disorders, sports nutrition, and general wellness.

Specialities

Weight Management

Heart Health

Diabetes | Blood Sugar Control

General Healthy Eating

My Background
I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food & Nutrition. As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several other credible organizations, I stay up-to-date on the latest evidence-based research and continuing education in my field in order to enhance my knowledge and skills.

As a CDCES, I am certified through the Certification Board of Diabetes Care and Education to provide diabetes care to patients—this includes personalized nutrition plans for patients with prediabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, hypoglycemia, etc. and CGM (continuous glucose monitor) startup, interpretation, and ongoing assessments and recommendations.

I have always had an interest in improving the health and well-being of others around me and helping to strengthen my community, and I love to do that with something as fundamental and wholesome as food. Nutrition has always been a passion of mine. I chose the profession because it served as a great platform to help everyday people in their everyday lives, and also so I could use what I learn in my own personal life. I’ve always been intrigued by food—its culinary preparation and presentation, its use as the center of cultural and family traditions, and of course, its medicinal health benefits. I also love to be able to relate to my patients on a practical level, since all of us are striving to create balance in our lives between work, time with friends and family, and our own health goals.

When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, camping, cooking, and/or spending time with family.

My Approach
I am not the type of dietitian to instruct you to stop any of your medications and rely on food or supplementation alone to treat any medical conditions you may have; instead, I believe very strongly in working side-by-side with the rest of your healthcare team to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your health to help you achieve optimal health outcomes. Also, I do not teach dieting, but rather ways to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your life, which serve to create new eating habits for you to continue throughout your lifetime; this is very different from the widespread crash-course diets offered that entice consumers with the promise of fast results, which is more often than not, unhealthy. My approach allows for a more realistic and practical treatment and, therefore, better success in achieving long-term and sustainable results. It is my belief that the path to sustainable change may take time and requires motivation and accountability, as well as healthy recommendations that are able to be incorporated into your current lifestyle. I’m a full-time working mom and I understand that our hectic lives can make change difficult, but I am here to help you find ways to overcome these obstacles by working with you to establish realistic goals. All nutrition care plans are personalized to each patient’s specific health goals and preferences. My nutrition advice is always based on evidence-based scientific research. I do not make any recommendations to you that do not have a solid foundation in credible, published research.
libby hugo rdn

Sabrina Nielson, MS, RDN

The best part about being a clinical dietitian is learning together with patients as they establish small and simple steps towards major lifestyle changes. Through active listening and thoughtful questioning, I intend to deliver high quality care that provides current evidence-based scientific research.  I received a master’s degree as a dietitian with an emphasis in nutrition and exercise physiology from Washington State University.  I practiced in the acute care setting covering the following areas: renal, oncology, pulmonary, cardiology, labor and delivery, NICU, ICU, GI (Crohn’s, SBS, SBO, Ulcerative Colitis, Ileostomy, Colostomy…), behavior health, diabetes, gastric bypass/whipple procedures etc. I primarily spent my time in the oncology outpatient setting and NICU inpatient setting for a year and a half. I love what I do, and I look forward to doing what I love with you!

Specialities

Weight Management

Cancer Care

Diabetes | Blood Sugar Control

General Healthy Eating

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Northern Nutrition
1125 E. Polston Ave, Suite A
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: 208-640-4502
Fax: 208-777-7330
Email: admin@northernnutrition.net
Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm
Fri-Sat CLOSED