Operational Staff

Kim S. Beall, PharmD, Managing Director
Academic Relations and Research

Kim S. Beall, PharmD, received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and her BS in Pharmacy from Auburn University. She has experience in academics and industry, working at MUSC as part of an Internal Medicine team and serving as adjunct faculty at MUSC College of Pharmacy, then working in Health Sciences with Merck as an academic liaison for those publishing and researching in lipids, hypertension, and heart failure. She has been following research in IBD closely since 2013 with her teenage son’s diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, and has become committed to the advancement of nutritional therapy as treatment.

Victorien Madsen, Administrative Coordinator
Digital Media

Victorien Madsen has a master’s degree in business economics from the University of Maastricht. Having started her career in asset management in New York, the successful treatment of her ulcerative colitis with a therapeutic diet put her on a mission to share her story and help others. She consequently shifted gears towards nutrition and web-development with an aim to make nutritional therapy a part of the standard IBD treatment. She started her own Dutch website – Curingfood.com - and Facebook group (IBD & Leefstijl) and translated “Breaking the vicious cycle” into Dutch. She believes that Nutritional Therapy is not just about reducing symptoms and possibly medication, it is about improving the quality of life of all IBD patients. Victorien lives in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands, with her Danish husband Chris and three children, and enjoys tennis, running, yoga, cooking and reading.

David Gardinier, RD
Community Relations

David Gardinier, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian specializing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. David has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Florida and completed his dietetic internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Health. Currently, he works in the IBD medical home at the Cleveland Clinic. David’s interest in the role of nutrition in IBD began when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2016. Since then, he has advocated for the important role of nutrition in IBD through NTforIBD and as a 2021 fellow of the Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network (CCYAN). In his spare time, David enjoys rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and watching football.

Sohum Thakkar
Digital Media

Sohum was diagnosed with Crohns disease in High School, but was able to bring his disease under control using nutritional therapy. Over the past ten years of remission, he has helped several others take similar steps to control their symptoms. Sohum graduated from UC Berkeley with a computer science degree and subsequently joined Apple’s health algorithms team, where he helped develop preventative health tracking algorithms such as the “Walking Steadiness” feature on the iPhone. Now, he designs algorithms for quantum computers, with applications in pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Abigail VanHoose
Digital Media

Abigail received her Associates in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2016. She was diagnosed with left-sided moderate/severe ulcerative colitis in 2014 shortly after a bad car accident. She has worked in several high-volume restaurants, one as a Sous Chef, and now works in food service for Novant Hospital, preparing food for the patients and guests. After much trial and error, Abigail started looking to include nutritional therapy in her IBD management in 2020. Being disappointed by most of the recipes she tried, she started her blog, Abigail Marie the Chef with IBD to create and share better IBD recipes. She has also incorporated a focus on lifestyle, new scientific research for IBD, new and emerging medications, as well as IBD awareness and sharing others journeys on her website. She has found that a multifaceted approach works best to manage her UC. This includes diet, lifestyle, stress management, movement, and medication. On top of that, advocating for your needs, and listening to your body are some of the most important things you can do besides finding your community for support.  Abigails passion for helping provide recipes and resources for those with IBD can be seen in her work. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gardening, and developing and photographing new recipes for her blog.
Come on this crazy amazing journey with Abigail to managing chronic illness together!

Sara Campbell

Sara Campbell is a graduate of Converse College with a degree in music performance and business. Her passion for all things IBD related, especially nutritional therapy, began when her daughter Emily was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017 at the age of 14. Frustrated with the lack of information and support for using nutrition as a form of treatment, Sara began the arduous journey of researching diet and how it pertains to gut dysbiosis. Sara lives in Charleston, SC, with her husband, Dr. John Campbell, and four children. Along with nutrition she enjoys life on the Stono River, reading, and fellowship with her church community.

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN
Organizational Engagement

Nicole Wake, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in nutritional therapy for Crohn's disease. Nicole received her undergraduate and master's degree from SUNY Oneonta. She currently is enrolled in a PhD program for Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University. Nicole runs a virtual private practice for Crohn's disease and nutrition. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in March 2020 and is passionate about helping others manage this condition. You can learn more about Nicole at Wake Nutrition.

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