Meet the Authors

KetoConnect Team


Mallory Eastman, MS

Mallory Emal picastman is the primary author for KetoConnect. She has worked as a nutrition specialist in Nutricia’s Medical Affairs department since 2008. Since 2010, Mallory has focused specifically on KetoCal and the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. Mallory received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University and her Master’s of Science degree in Health Communication from Boston University. As a health communication specialist, Mallory enjoys breaking down complicated medical information into everyday language that is useful to the non-medical audience, like moms, dads, and other caregivers.  Mallory is passionate about the ketogenic diet for epilepsy because she has a little sister with epilepsy who is on the ketogenic diet. She hopes that her communication skills and personal experience with the ketogenic diet be will helpful for other families at various stages of their ketogenic diet journeys.

Ellen Sviland Avery, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Ellen SviEllen photo2land Avery joined Nutricia as the Medical Advisor for Ketogenics and Growth during the summer of 2014. She has extensive experience in pediatrics, metabolics and tube feeding. Prior to coming to Nutricia, she worked in home infusion. Her background also includes working at Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She was a metabolic nutrition trainee at Spark’s Clinics in Birmingham, Alabama. Ellen has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been a registered dietitian for more than 10 years. Her passion in pediatric nutrition started when she was in Birmingham working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and has continued throughout her career.


Linda Leuffgen, RD

LinLindaPicda Leuffgen has worked as a nutrition specialist in Nutricia’s Medical Affairs department since the fall of 2013. Linda graduated from Montclair State University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics. Prior to joining the team at Nutricia, Linda worked as a clinical registered dietitian for 5 years at Hackenack University Medical Center. Covering many areas of the hospital, Linda’s favorite spots to cover were the pediatric floors; which included an inpatient pediatric epilepsy floor. Touched by many of her patients and their families, Linda strived to be more involved in the treatment for these children where nutrition management is the key for their well-being. This brought Linda to Nutricia, knowing this is a company with a large line of medical foods and supplements to help children with severe food allergies, gastrointestinal issues, neurological diseases, and inborn errors of metabolism. Here at Nutricia, Linda’s main focus has been in inborn errors of metabolism, but she still holds a strong interest for the ketogenic diet and how much it improves the quality of life for many individuals.

Sarah O’Brien

sarah-neocate-300x288Sarah O’Brien has been with Nutricia since 2000. After joining Nutricia, Sarah spent over 10 years as a nutrition specialist focused on nutrition therapies for kids with food allergies, gastrointestinal issues, metabolic conditions and neurological diseases such as intractable epilepsy. Sarah now works in the marketing department as the Digital Community Engagement Manager. Sarah received her Bachelors of Science degree with dual concentrations in Health Education and Community Health from Towson University.  She has two young children, a son and a daughter.  Her daughter was born with a cow milk allergy and needed an special formula, Neocate, until 12 months of age. Because of this experience, Sarah enjoys providing support to other parents navigating their child’s special diet because she knows how confusing and overwhelming it can feel.



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