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Dietitians & Medical Nutrition Therapy

Dietitians are nutritionists with special training in medical conditions and inpatient care.

Hospitalized patients often have conditions with special nutritional needs. The dietitian will evaluate the patient and adjust the diet to meet those needs.

Examples include specific proteins for burns and specialized liquid formulas for those who can’t consume solid foods. Then dietitian also ensures malnourished patients safely reintroduce foods back into their diet.

But not all dietitians work in the hospital!

There are plenty of dietitians like me who work in outpatient facilities or private practices. These dietitians can spend more time educating patients who need a therapeutic, medical nutrition diet.

All dietitians are educated on the nutrition therapy for:

  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease & Cirrhosis
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Autoimmunity
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • COPD and lung diseases
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders of Metabolism
  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Chewing and swallowing difficulties
  • Pre- & Post-Surgery

As a Dietitian, I can provide outpatient medical nutrition therapy.

Dietitian/Nutrition Care Process

Dietitians assess, determine a nutrition diagnosis, create an intervention plan, and then monitor and evaluate the patient’s status. This process integrates with healthcare and insurance, and ensures effective care for patients.

FAQ

It’s common for people to think their dietitian will tell them they have to “eat this way” and “stop eating those foods.” While many professionals may give this advice, I know it doesn’t support long-lasting results.

When we work together, my job as a dietitian is to inform and problem-solve with you. Then, we come up with possible changes together. In the end, you decide on a change you’d like to try.

The change can be as simple as eating a serving of fresh fruit five days a week or as complex as switching to a Mediterranean diet. When we meet again, we’ll review your experience with the dietary change and consider your next steps.

Luckily, there are many roads to your health goal. If you aren’t interested or motivated by a specific strategy, we’ll develop something new. Ultimately, it’s all about sustainable changes for lifelong health, so there’s no need to stick with methods that don’t work.

It’s typical to meet a dietitian weekly for 55 minutes for the first 4-6 weeks. Everyone has lots to learn when they first talk with a dietitian, and many are trying to find the motivation to change their diet pattern. Regular, weekly meetings have proven to help jumpstart behavior changes. However, it’s absolutely up to you if you’d like to meet more often or less.

As a dietitian, I am able to work within network for a handful of insurance companies. If you’d like to use your insurance, contact me before scheduling, and we’ll determine your coverage.

My training included medical nutrition therapy for all medical conditions impacted by diet. Food allergies, kidney & liver health, lifecycle nutrition, weight management, cancer (prevention and complementary care), inflammatory conditions including chronic inflammatory response syndrome, men’s health, etc. My specialities lie in cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal tract issues, and conditions related to blood sugar (diabetes).

lifestyle in Nutrition is an outpatient clinic and does not provide medical treatments. However, I can collaborate with your team if you’re receiving medical treatment from another facility and are interested in additional consulting with a dietitian or a complimentary care plan.

If you’re concerned about a condition not listed, call lifestyles in Nutrition. You and I can chat about what we can do to improve your diet.

Dietitians can see individuals, couples, families, or other groups. It’s often helpful to bring family members and get them on the same page. Having family support helps immensely.
I don’t organize group nutrition education. However, I can lead your group through nutrition education or facilitate nutrition-related support groups. Guest speaking is another option. Contact me if you’d like more information.