About the Educators

Lauren Teague, MHS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CDE

Lauren is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator.  She is also a board-certified sports dietitian.  Lauren grew up in Haywood County playing sports and has always had a passion for healthy living. This translates into the work she does today for the community.  She attended Western Carolina University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and her Master of Health Science degree.  She has been working at Haywood Regional since 2014.  She became a certified diabetes educator in May of 2015 and earned her Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in July of 2015.


Margaret Ruch, MS, RD, LDN

Margaret was born and raised in Asheville, where she still resides. She has always loved food and began trying out recipes by cooking for her family at a young age. Margaret enjoyed playing sports while she was growing up and now stays active by going to the gym. She attended North Carolina State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and then earned a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Meredith College. Margaret moved back to the Mountains in 2015 and has been working at Haywood Regional since October of 2016.


Jaqueline Burris 

Jacqueline Burris is a licensed physical therapist assistant at the Outpatient Care Center and recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University. Her commitment to patient education in physical therapy is what led her to return to college.  She received her Certified Health Education Specialist credential in October 2016 and intends to use it to assist in creating preventative health programs as well as helping those already dealing with chronic diseases.  Jacqueline is a native of Haywood County and is passionate about serving the community and improving the health of its members.