Meet Our Heart Month Chef & Memorial Hermann Dietitians










Stephanie Harmon McGurk, our Guest Chef for Memorial Hermann Heart Month 2013, was formally trained in classic French technique at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. She has worked in top New York City kitchens including The Spotted Pig and has written extensively about food. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband, where she works as a line cook and continues to photograph, write about and test recipes.

Shirley Chambers MEd, RD, LD, CDE

Shirley Chambers is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

She also completed the Certificate in Training in Adult Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association.  Shirley earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Houston, and served as a nutrition faculty member for 13 years, as well as the Director of the Dietetics Program. She specializes in the areas of Stress Management, Diabetes Education, Weight Management, and Cardiovascular Nutrition.

For over 10 years, Shirley was an instructor at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, an affiliate of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School. Shirley is currently on staff in the Diabetes Education Program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

In September 2002, Shirley co-authored with Sharon Smalling MPH, RD, LD, “Meal Solutions for Busy People – Fast, Fabulous and Practical Menus for Health and Wellness” which was published by Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.  Meal Solutions features 4-weeks of time-saving menus including recipes and shopping lists.

As a consultant to numerous corporations and groups, she has extensive experience in public speaking, training, writing, corporate wellness programs, weight management programs, supermarket tours and as a radio/television spokesperson. She has presented at the American Association of Diabetes Educators national conference, as well as local and state professional seminars and CE programs.


University of Houston, M.Ed.

Sam Houston State University, B.A.

Memberships: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; SCAN – Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists; American Association of Diabetes Educators

Awards: Distinguished Alumni Award,Sam Houston State University, 3/03;

Outstanding Internship Preceptor, Dietetic Internship, University of Houston, 1/03;

Diabetes Educator of the Year, Southeast Association of Diabetes Educators, 5/00.

Sharon Smalling, MPH, RD, LD


Sharon Smalling, MPH, RD, LD, has been in practice since 1980.  Her focus has been in the area of Cardiac Rehabilitation, where she provides the nutrition education for all participants in the Memorial Hermann Cardiac Rehabilitation program.  She has also provided nutrition counseling for subjects participating in research studies that have a nutrition component.

In her private practice, she counsels clients with a variety of medical issues, such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension and diabetes, where nutrition is a major part of the treatment. Sharon completed the training and earned the American Dietetic Association Certificate in Training in Adult Weight Management, which she uses in counseling patients both pre- and post- Bariatric surgery.  She has been interviewed by radio, TV, and newspapers and made presentations to corporations, organizations, and professional associations, including a teleseminar on Cardiovascular Disease for the American Dietetic Association.

She served on the Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council for 3 years.  Sharon and her colleague, Shirley Chambers, MEd, RD, LD, wrote a book entitled “Menu Solutions for Busy People – Fast, Fabulous and Practical Menus for Health and Wellness” which was published in September, 2002.  She was named the recipient of the Edna Wilken Teagarten Distinguished Alumnus award from the Dept of Human Sciences at SFA for 2005.  For 4 years she was the co-director for the SCAN DPG subunit Wellness/ CV RD’s; currently she is Chair of the 2013 Symposium Committee.  Sharon and 2 other Houston registered dietitians began the website in 2012 in which they publish nutrition related articles for the public and are available to answer questions. Sharon is married to Dr. Richard Smalling, a UT Cardiologist, and has a 20-year-old daughter, Stephanie, who is a junior at the University of Texas.


BS: Stephen F. Austin State University Nutrition 1979

RD: University of Alabama, Birmingham Dietetic      1980

Alabama Internship

MPH: University of Texas School of Nutrition 1991

Public Health, Houston Epidemiology