It’s common for patients to be puzzled by the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist, so I’ll clear up the confusion:
Every dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian.
A registered dietitian is a credentialed professional, which means that upon our completion of a bachelor’s degree, we are required to complete 1,200 supervised practice hours (also known as a dietetic internship) and pass a national exam. Registered dietitians are also required to be licensed in every state in which we practice. I am currently licensed in Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina, and annually, I am required to complete 15 hours of professional development to maintain my certifications.
I was awarded my Master’s of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and am a past board member of the Kansas City Dietetic Association. In 2014, I was named Young Dietitian of the Year for the state of Missouri.
I’m grateful that for the past 4 years I’ve been able to attend the “FOOD: The Main Course in Digestive Health” in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The last conference was in August, 2023, and the advancements made every year in the field of dietary therapy have provided me with invaluable information and resources I’ve been able to consistently share with my patients.
As a GI specialist, I look forward to working with you.