Laurel M. Wentz

First Name: 
Laurel M.
Last Name: 
Assistant Professor
PhD, Nutrition and Food Science, Florida State University
577 Leon Levine Hall


Dr. Wentz is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Appalachian State University, a Registered Dietitian, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Her research focus is sports nutrition, following practical experience as the Sports Dietitian for Florida State University Athletics and then for the US Army Special Forces. Dr. Wentz has completed research projects with both athletes and military personnel, the most recent of which was a randomized trial in the United Kingdom studying the effect of vitamin D supplementation illness, immunity, and physical performance of British Army recruits during Phase One training. Her current research agenda is aimed at improving mental fatigue and recovery from brain injury in athletic individuals, and she enjoys mentoring students in these research projects and nutrition courses. Aside from professional life, Dr. Wentz loves to travel the world but sometimes prefers to stay close to home and enjoy local activities in the Appalachian Mountains.


Post-Doctoral Research Officer 2015-2017
Sports Science, Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom

Doctor of Philosophy 2006-2011
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Major: Nutrition and Food Science

Master of Science 2004-2006
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Major: Food Science and Human Nutrition

Dietetic Internship 2005-2006
University of Florida Shands HealthCare, Gainesville, FL

Bachelor of Science 2000-2004
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Schreyer Honors College
Major: Nutritional Sciences with Honors in Nutritional Sciences


  • Sports nutrition to improve performance for athletes and military service members



  • Wentz LM, Liu PL, Ilich JZ, Haymes EM. Female distance runners training in southeastern United States have adequate vitamin D status. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2016; 26(5): 397-403.
  • Wentz LM, Berry-Cabán CS, Wu Q, Eldred JD. Vitamin D correlation with testosterone concentration in male soldiers and veterans. JMVH. 2016; 24(3): 17-23.
  • Hiserote AM, Berry-Cabán CS, Wu Q, Wentz LM. Correlations between Vitamin D Concentrations and Lipid Panels in Active Duty and Veteran Military Personnel. Int J Sports Exerc Med. 2016; 2(1): 2:034.
  • Wentz LM, Berry-Caban CB, Eldred JD, Wu Q. Vitamin D Correlation with Testosterone Concentration in US Army Special Operations Personnel. FASEB J. 2015; 29: Suppl 733.5.
  • Wentz LM. Does vitamin D status affect resilience and recovery from mild traumatic brain injury in military personnel? Austin J Nutr Food Sci. 2014; 2(5): 4.
  • Wentz LM, Eldred JD, Henry MD, Berry-Caban CB. Clinical relevance of optimizing vitamin D status in soldiers to enhance physical and cognitive performance. J Spec Oper Med. 2014; 14(1): 58-66.
  • Wentz L, Liu PL, Ilich JZ, Haymes EM. Dietary and training predictors of stress fractures in female runners. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2012; 22(5): 374-82.
  • Wentz L, Liu PL, Haymes EM, Ilich JZ. Females have a greater incidence of stress fractures than males in both military and athletic populations: A systematic review. Mil Med. 2011; 176(4): 420-30.



  • NUT 4000 Nutrition Counseling, Appalachian State University


  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietetics Association 
  • Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport