All dietitians (RDs) are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are RDs. The term registered dietitian can only be used by nutrition professionals who are currently authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is a legally protected title. In order to be credentialed as an RD the nutrition professional must:
By seeing an RD, you are ensured to get the most competent and up-to-date nutrition information available.
First, the dietitian will review any paperwork you brought to your appointment in order to learn about your health history, eating and exercise habits. Next, the dietitian will explain how nutrition might be related to your health needs and answer any questions you have. Finally, the dietitian will help you set goals tailored specifically to you. Your next appointment(s) will focus on your progress and setting your next goal(s).
The dietitian at Olympia Multi-specialty Clinic sees patients with many different health needs. These needs include: