Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for July 2, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- North Oaks Dietetic Internship graduates and faculty gathered June 4 in Hammond are, front from left, program director Virginia Pelegrin and graduate Kayla Krodinger; and back, graduates Michelle Berberovich, Lauren Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Tracy Miller and Melinda Territo; and education director Nicole Barnum.

The 22nd annual commencement ceremony for the North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program was June 4 at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Hammond.

The program offers qualified residents the opportunity to earn eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians through one year of supervised experience.

Susan Millet, a renal dietitian for Davita Dialysis Centers and AMG Specialty Hospital, delivered the keynote speech to graduates Michelle Berberovich, Metairie; Rachel Johnson, Greenwell Springs: Kayla Krodinger, Lacombe; Tracy Miller, Hammond; Melinda Territo, Denham Springs; and Lauren Wilson, Lafayette.

Krodinger received the Mary Nelson Award, given by faculty for exceptional work, enthusiastic attitude, dedication to the dietetic profession and academic excellence. The award honors the late Mary Nelson, who was a professor in dietetics at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Krodinger also received the Always Remembering Others Award, given in honor of North Oaks patient representative Dannye Young Taylor by her husband, Dr. Rodney Taylor.

Berberovich received the Carol Bertrand Award for Excellence from the Southeast District Dietetic Association. The award is in memory of the late Bertrand, who was a registered dietitian and graduate of North Oaks’ second Dietetic Internship class.

For information about the North Oaks Dietetic Internship, call (985) 230-6548 or visit the “Join Our Team” link at