Program Leadership

Program Director: Therese Liffrig, MPH, RDN, LD

Therese Liffrig

In August 2019, Therese became the Director of the U of M Dietetic Internship.  This program has a long history of high quality programming and interns and has been consistently recognized and commended for its exceptional RD exam pass rate.  Other positions within the department she has held include  FScN Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor.  She has coordinated projects such as the FScN Faculty Mentoring program, the Strategic Plan, Plant Protein Innovation Center, the Better Process Control School’s Acidified Foods program, and has served for several years as a facilitator for the Academic Health Center’s interprofessional education (IPE) course called the Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (FIPCC).  She is also the department adviser for the student group Student Ambassadors for Food, Health, and Culture.

Therese is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in clinical nutrition. She attended The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul (now called St. Catherine University), completed her Dietetic Internship at The Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Mass.), then worked at the Mayo Medical Center (Rochester, MN) for 10 years. She specialized in Nutrition Support, Pediatric Diabetes, and Weight Loss. While in Rochester, Therese completed a Masters in Public Health Nutrition through the U of M School of Public Health, Twin Cities Campus.  

Associate Director: Doreen Davis, RDN, LD

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Doreen has been involved in a varied and extensive capacity with the U of M Dietetic Internship since the fall of 2006. She continues to work with program planning, execution, and maintenance while fostering positive relationships, supporting program goals, and evaluating processes to meet accreditation standards. A stated highlight is working collaboratively and synergistically with the leadership team’s shared vision to support interns, practice sites and preceptors for a successful internship.

Doreen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with previous background experience as a clinical dietitian and private practice entrepreneur. She obtained her DPD from the Department of FSCN at the University of Minnesota, and completed her dietetic internship at the then called Fairview-University Medical Center. She states how fulfilling it is to come full-circle both working at the department and working with the health system in which she started her dietetics career path as a returning student over twenty years ago.




ED-TEP DI Coordinator: Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, LDN 

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Hilmar Wagner

Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Minnesota and Washington. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 12 years, and currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services and Clinical Education Specialist for the Emily Program. In this role, he initiates and coordinates training of new and existing dietetic staff, dietetic interns and continuing education for nutrition services for all Emily Program locations. He has presented on a wide range of nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences.

Hilmar received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Master’s Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience working with clients of all eating disorder diagnosis in both individual and group settings, and has a particular interest in mindfulness and body-centered approaches to eating disorder recovery.


MNT DI Coordinator: Michelle Sargent, RD, LD

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Michelle Sargent

Michelle Sargent has been an MNT DI Coordinator with the U of M Dietetic Internship Program since 2016.  She currently works as an inpatient dietitian at M Health Fairview, where she also serves as a clinical preceptor.  From a clinical standpoint, she works to continually broaden her knowledge base while serving as a nutrition advocate within the healthcare team.  Her focus within the internship program includes facilitating communication between the program’s leadership team and precepting M Health Fairview sites, creating on-boarding materials, and supporting interns throughout the progression of their MNT clinical rotations.