Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who are leaders in the field of nutrition and have met the minimum academic and professional requirements to quality for credentials of an “RD” or “RDN”.
Nothing! Registered dietitians have been given the choice of integrating the term nutritionist into their credential if they would like. Some dietitians like myself believe that adding the term nutritionist to our title gives more clarity as to what we do. Because registered dietitians are the nutrition experts!
The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training.
Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
This question and answer is supplied from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Website: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6713)
MS – I hold a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics by Eastern Michigan University.
RDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, which is the credential authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
LD – Licensed Dietitian is the credential of the Idaho Board of Medicine and allows me to practice nutrition therapy in the state of Idaho.
CLT – This stands for Certified LEAP Therapist, and refers to the education that I have received specifically in the area the Mediator Release (blood) Test (MRT®), and the subsequent immuno-calm therapy that I provide for food hypersensitivities (LEAP protocol).
Dietitians work in a variety of areas including hospitals (clinical), community service, government, private practice, primary care physicians offices, and the list goes on! I am a dietitian in private practice, which is the area I love!
In private practice I have the opportunity to help people that are struggling with an area of health or nutrition and work along side them to better their life. Whether it is weight loss/gain, nutrition education, or a disorder like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, or migraine (any disease with pain and inflammation components), I work diligently with my clients to bring them to a better quality of life.
At this time I am a provider for Blue Cross of Idaho, Regence Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Medicare.
LEAP stands for Lifestyle Eating and Performance and encompasses the Mediator Release (blood) Test (MRT®) as well as the LEAP anti-inflammatory eating plan. This protocol can provide quick and lasting relief for irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease and a wide range of other health problems, typically those associated with pain and/or inflammation.