Cat Ludwig, RDN, LD

Cat’s History

Hi! I’m Cat Ludwig, the Dysphagia Dietitian Nutritionist. I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by a Farmer and an Occupational Therapist.

Cat Ludwig, RDN, LD. Dysphagia Nutitionist

I grew up in orchard country in rural Eastern Washington and then moved to Seattle to pursue a culinary career and attend the Art Institute of Seattle. Additionally, I worked in restaurants and other foodservice venues all over Seattle for 12 years.

After realizing a lack of fulfillment in my career in 2014, I decided to go back to school. I attended Bastyr University, a private holistic health school. I received a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition in 2016.

In addition to completing a degree program, I had to complete an internship to become an RD. I was accepted to a competitive leadership focused program at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I completed 1200 hours over the course of 10 months which allowed me to sit for the RD exam in 2017.

While completing my internship, I had the opportunity to experience different areas of dietitian work. These areas including clinical, community-based, and foodservice rotations.

Dysphagia Dietitian Experience

Since becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) I have had the opportunity to cook and care for many people in need. I held positions in nursing homes, hospitals, and dialysis facilities. While working in these places, I realized there is a significant lack of info and resources for people of all ages struggling with the dysphagia diet and for those that care for them.

Additionally, I have struggled with TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) for many years. A year ago my dentist asked me if my jaw clicking was bothering me. It had been causing me pain for many years but no doctor or dentists prior to this had been able to offer me a solution. I was referred to a specialty practice in Granger, Indiana that treats TMJ. Over the last year my pain has decreased and I have been able to start eating foods again that I had been avoiding because of the pain.

My future goal for the Dysphagia Dietitian is to provide resources for people (and their caregivers) who need help managing dysphagia with food. Knowing your symptoms and what to do with that information will help improve your quality of life.

My husband, Eric, and I currently live in Northern Indiana. We have an energetic Lab Rottweiler Pitbull mix and two stubborn senior cats. I enjoy reading, watching sports, spending time outdoors, and traveling.

Questions for Dysphagia Nutritionist?

If you have questions about a diet for dysphagia, please visit my contact page to send me a message. Thank you for visiting!

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