Hi! I'm so glad to have you here. Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Nicole and I'm a registered dietitian based in Alexandria, VA. I was born and raised in California before moving to the East Coast. In my spare time, you can find me hiking, walking with my dog, reading, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen with my husband and fellow foodie.
I'm fascinated by how food shapes our health, experiences, and connections to one another. When working with clients, 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 can lay a foundation for lasting and healthy eating patterns.
Given all the conflicting information and untrustworthy sources out there, I understand how confusing it can be to navigate the world of nutrition. Contrary to what many in the diet industry would like us to believe, restrictive diets often fail to lead us toward our goals in realistic or sustainable ways. Instead of utilizing traditional dieting methods that typically result in feelings of deprivation and frustration, I focus on teaching balanced eating habits that can be practiced 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 finding peace with food and creating habits that lead to lifelong health, joy, freedom, and well-being.
University of California, Davis
B.S. Clinical Nutrition
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
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 are no set criteria that need 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.