What is a registered dietitian nutritionist?
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am recognized as a food and nutrition expert. This means that I have met academic and professional requirements set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) including:
Earned a bachelor’s degree and completed dietetic course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Completed a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice
Passed the national RD Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
My professional credentials allow me to practice Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in a clinical setting, counseling patients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health. Currently, I divide my time between working part-time as a clinical dietitian at a local hospital, blogging about nutrition and wellness, and will soon be accepting clients for individualized private nutrition coaching (stay tuned!).
Recently, I have become especially passionate about holistic and homeopathic nutrition, as well as integrative and functional medicine. I have experience counseling patients with a variety of diseases and conditions including but not limited to: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, GI disorders, nutritional support, oncology, autoimmune disease, renal disease, pulmonary disease, weight management, and women’s health.
A quick note! When it comes to nutrition professionals, not all are created equal: While a Registered Dietitian is also a nutritionist, a nutritionist is NOT a RD. The definition of a “nutritionist” varies from state to state; legally a nutritionist cannot practice MNT. Additionally, anyone can label themselves as a “nutritionist” regardless of their education, training, and background. Luckily, most “nutritionists” that I have met have taken a course or training program in order to use the title nutritionist, but there are always exceptions. Since we are all working toward the same goal of helping people adopt healthier lifestyles, I embrace collaboration between both groups of nutrition practitioners. After all, we are all in this together, right? My point is that as consumers, it’s important to do your homework and to know who you can (and should!) trust when it comes to nutrition advice and recommendations because food truly is medicine!
Registered Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | 2014
Wellness Workdays Distance Dietetic Internship Program | 2013–2014
Master of Science, Nutrition Sciences, University of Cincinnati | 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Communication, University of Cincinnati
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management | 2014
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS + AFFILIATIONS
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
California Dietetic Association
Bay Area Dietetic Association
Clinical Nutrition Management Dietetic Practice Group
Medical Nutrition Practice Group
Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group