Dietitian, Kansas Medical Center
Buchanan, recently named Distinguished Dietitian of the Year by the Kansas Dietetic Association, saw the benefits of a healthful diet early in life.
“My father had really high cholesterol,” she said. “We made huge changes in our diet when I was in high school, so I saw the effects. I thought that was really neat how a change in diet could really help your health.”
Buchanan, 44, grew up in Wichita and earned a degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. “It’s one of the top programs,” she said. “It really opens a lot of doors for you.”
She worked in Texas for a couple of years, then in Kansas City and for a small hospital in Ottawa before spending nearly a decade at Wesley Medical Center.
She moved to Kansas Medical Center when it opened in 2007. Her duties include working with patients with diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that require special diets, and assisting with patients who need intravenous feeding.
She’s a past president of the Wichita Dietetic Association.
She enjoys walking and finding new healthful recipes to cook for herself and her husband, Mike.