About Me

Hi! My name is Nicole and I am a registered dietitian living in Sonoma County, California. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have always enjoyed taking advantage of what the West Coast has to offer, whether it’s enjoying the scenery with a hike or exploring the area’s wide array of foods. If I am not checking out a new restaurant or market, I am often experimenting in the kitchen with my husband and fellow foodie.

I have always been fascinated with how food shapes our health, experiences and connections to one another. I am a lover of all things food and nutrition and have a desire to instill that love in others. Under my philosophy, I emphasize balance, quality and maintaining a healthy relationship with food as the keys to success for good nutrition. Food should be enjoyed and celebrated for all the ways it can enrich our lives, including through nourishment, taste, experiences and more. Learning to look at food in this way lays the foundation for healthy eating patterns for life. 

Given all the conflicting information out there, I understand how confusing it can be to navigate the world of nutrition. Contrary to what the diet industry would like us to believe, restrictive diets do not work long-term. Instead of utilizing traditional dieting methods that often lead to feelings of deprivation and frustration, I focus on teaching mindful eating strategies that can be carried throughout your life. 

Forget the food police, short-term fad diets and unnecessary food rules. I will help you learn to love food and have fun with nutrition. With evidence-based recommendations, I am here to assist you in creating a sustainable plan to help you reach your nutrition goals and maintain lifelong health. 

 
Education

 

University of California, Davis

B.S. Clinical Nutrition

Pepperdine University

Dietetic Internship

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Member

Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group

Member

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert. Understandably, a common question that I get is, "What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?" Technically, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. To elaborate, every registered dietitian can be called a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist can be called a registered dietitian. While there is no set criteria that needs to be met in order to be called a nutritionist, there is a list of criteria that needs to be met in order to become a registered dietitian. Those criteria are established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and include:

  • Completion of a minimum of a bachelor's degree, including a specially designed set of nutrition curriculum 

  • Completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, often called a dietetic internship

  • Passing a national registration exam that is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

  • Maintaining registration by completing the required amount of continuing professional education 

The credentials RD (registered dietitian) and RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist) can be used interchangeably by dietitians. The choice to use one over the other is up to preference and there is no difference in meaning between the two.