• ...feeling uncomfortable, bloated, gassy, and tired?
    • ...concerned about high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides?
    • ...considering going on a diet?
    • ...overwhelmed with information about which foods are healthy and which are not?
    • ...ready for changes to feel better and lead a healthier life?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions you could benefit from seeing a registered dietitian. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in food and nutritional sciences, a registered dietitian (RD) must complete an extensive post-graduate internship program, and pass a rigorous registration exam. Dietitians work with patients on an individual or group basis. Your dietitian can help you understand nutrition and how it affects you.
  • Dietitian vs. nutritionist

    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:

    • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in food and nutritional sciences(business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry)
    • Complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised clinical practice
    • Successfully complete a registration examination
    • Obtain at least 75 hours of continuing education every five years
    • The state of Washington requires all practicing RDs to also hold the title of Certified Dietitian (CD). This title is authorized by the Washington State Department of Health. By choosing to see a professional with these titles you know your health is in good hands.

    By seeing an RD, you are ensured to get the most competent and up-to-date nutrition information available.

  • What is a dietitian’s appointment like?

    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).

    How long will the appointment take?

    Initial appointment: 45-60 minutes
    Follow-up appointments: 15-30 minutes

  • Can a dietitian help me?

    The dietitian at Olympia Multi-specialty Clinic sees patients with many different health needs. These needs include:

    • Diabetes
    • Weight management
    • IBD (Crohn’s & ulcerative colitis)
    • IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
    • Celiac disease
    • Food allergies & intolerances
    • Lap-band surgery (pre/post-op.)
    • Hypertension
    • Dyslipidemia
    • …and more….

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