Kayli Siow

Kayli Siow

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University

  • Set up and lead an undergraduate laboratory of a clinical nutrition course
  • Schedule and maintain regular office hours to meet with students
  • Evaluate and grade examinations, assignments, and papers
  • Provide assistance to faculty member with the administration of an undergraduate level human nutrition course
Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

Camp Assistant

The Garden Chef Summer Camp

  • Responsible for food preparation and clean up
  • Assisted children in food preparation for cooking classes as well as craft sessions
  • Incorporated nutrition education in camp program, including a sugar demonstration
Aug 2010 - May 2011

Dietary Aide

Oakwood Village Retirement Community

  • Responsible for the meal service to residents, staff and visitors
  • Preparation of food items according to the individual needs and modified diets of the residents
  • Responsible for assuring ServSafe guidelines in food preparation, cleanliness, and sanitation of kitchen and dining area


Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Dietetic Intern

Northern Illinois University



First Aid

American Heart Association
Dec 2009 - Dec 2014


National Restaurant Association
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014

Health Care Provider CPR

American Heart Association



Technologically Savvy

  Competent in Microsoft Office programs, including PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel Proficient in social networking, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram  


Able to create good rapport with patients, clients, and coworkers


  Able to work efficiently in various situations.  


Fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin, Malay, and English. 


Kayli is a recent graduate from Northern Illinois University's Dietetic Internship and Master of Science Program. Originally from Malaysia, she has always been interested in different foods and culture. After completing her undergraduate studies in UW-Madison, she became passionate in the field of dietetics and wishes to help people stay healthy through proper nutrition healthy eating. Kayli is also an active member of various professional affiliations, including the Illinois Dietetic Association and Genetic Metabolic Dietitian International. Kayli is interested in the clinical aspects of nutrition, especially genetics. She hopes to one day be a metabolic dietitian working with patients with inborn errors of metabolism. 

Kayli's motto has always been "everything in moderation, including moderation." Therefore, french fries and chocolate cake are included in her meal plan! 

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Rock River Valley Dietetic Association
  • Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International

Dietetic Internship Experience

Life Cycle Rotation (7 weeks)

  • Oak Crest Retirement Center - DeKalb, IL
  • Northern Illinois University Campus Recreation Center - DeKalb, IL
  • WIC - Elgin, IL
  • Jefferson Elementary School CATCH Program - DeKalb, IL

This rotation allowed me to assess the different nutritional requirements and concerns of various age groups in the life cycle, staring from infancy to adulthood and old age. Depending on the age group, nutrition education strategies differ. Thus, through this rotation I learned how to prepare and present educational materials tailored to different age groups. 

Food Service Rotation (10 weeks)

  • Northern Illinois University Stevenson Dining Hall - DeKalb, IL

In this rotation, I learned about food service management by coordinating and implementing a special-themed dinner for residential hall students, which included forecasting, marketing, overseeing food ordering and preparation, and supervising the entire event. I also lead an in-service for all student managers on the topic of Effective Customer Service. Other projects that were completed include Test Recipe Development and On-Campus Composting. This rotation not only thought me the management aspect of food service, but also the creativity and marketing that is necessary to attract customers. 

Clinical Rotation (15 weeks)

  • Swedish American Hospital - Rockford, IL

Areas that I worked in during this rotation included Intensive Care, Oncology, Cardiology, Medical/Surgical, and Orthopedics. I also practiced the Nutrition Care Process for nutrition assessment of all my patients. I also experienced first hand the importance and effectiveness of interdisciplinary care plans. This rotation affirmed me of my interest in clinical nutrition and MNT. I was able to focus solely on learning the applications of MNT as this was a full-time rotation, with no classes that I have to worry about. It definitely made me a better intern and I am confident to say that I am able to perform at entry level as a clinical dietitian.

Community Rotation (10 weeks)

  • Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Region - Oak Brook, IL
  • UIC Pediatric Genetics - Chicago, IL
  • Centegra Diabetes Center - McHenry, IL
  • Kindred Hospital - Sycamore, IL

Although most of my community rotation practicum sites are more clinical based, one of the major differences I noticed on this rotation is the significantly increased interaction between the patient/client and dietitian. In fact, for a lot of these patients they create a long term relationship with their dietitian. For instant, children with special needs may require long term nutrition intervention, and oftentimes patients with genetic metabolic diseases have to follow a dietary treatment for life. This goes to show the importance of creating good rapport with your clients/patients. 

Professional Practice (5 weeks)

  • UIC Pediatric Genetics - Chicago, IL

I have a strong interest in the dietary management of inborn errors of metabolism. Patients with genetic conditions oftentimes have to adhere to lifelong dietary restrictions in order to keep their metabolite levels within treatment range. Since it is a genetic condition, patients have to go on these dietary restrictions since birth, making the parents the ones in charge of their diet. Therefore, nutrition education and counseling is a very important aspect of genetics metabolic nutrition, especially when transitioning from educating the parents to educating the patients themselves. Cultural background, socioeconomic status, and level of education are all very important aspects to consider when giving nutrition education in this population. 

Career Goals

My career goal is to work as a genetics metabolic dietitian, helping patients with inborn errors of metabolism. I hope to work in a genetics clinic and also be active in the local inborn errors of metabolism support groups (i.e. National PKU Alliance). I will aim to be an active member of Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International and assist in compiling more treatment standards for metabolic diseases. Lastly, I will also aim to be an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, advocating for more reimbursement for RDN consults.

Academic Plan of Study

Pertinent courses include:

  • Intensive Metabolic Nutrition Support
  • Nutritional Science and Biochemistry
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Strategies for Modifying Nutrition Behaviors
  • Education Psychology
  • Health Services Management