Regional Recognized Renal Dietitian Award – Region 3

Nicolle Piernak, RDN

Henry Ford Health

Nicolle Piernak, RDN is an inpatient renal dietitian at Henry Ford Health in Detroit, MI.  She has served as secretary of the Council of Renal Nutrition since 2018 in which time she helped transition the chapter into online processes for registration and record keeping resulting in nearly doubled meeting attendance. Nicolle continues to serve on the planning committee in her second term for CRN’s educational meetings helping to facilitate networking of local RDN professionals and increasing engagement in CRN. As a long-time preceptor of dietetic interns’ renal nutrition rotation at Henry Ford Health, Nicolle has been recognized by colleagues and interns as an adept teacher in developing an educational program on the spectrum of kidney diseases and nutritional interventions while igniting interest in renal nutrition for the next generation of RDNs. Nicolle continues to be involved with annual fundraising for the Kidney walk of the Michigan Kidney Foundation and has participated in World Kidney Day celebrations at Henry Ford Health to raise awareness with staff and visitors on kidney health and disease.