Registered Dietitians (RD), or as they are now known, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and Clinical Nutrition Specialists (CNS®) have similar goals, academic requirements and credentials, but they often practice in different areas of nutrition.
RDN’s often work in hospitals or other institutions such as schools, planning meals that meet the nutritional needs of the populations they serve. They are often challenged with maintaining your dietary status through the selection of appropriate food items and how they impact your nutrition goals using metrics like weight, body mass index (BMI) and creating nutrition goals for you to follow. Other RDN’s work in private clinics, government facilities or private industry.
A CNS® has obtained additional education. A CNS® is often a Medical Doctor, Doctor of Pharmacology, Osteopathic or Nursing.* It is rare to find a CNS® with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Picchioni holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and is a CNS®.
As a Ph.D, RDN, CNS®, Dr. Picchioni assesses the short-term and long-term impact of nutritional interventions on your overall health and well-being. Dr. Picchioni works with you to determine your individualized nutritional interventions, using the Nine-Step Nutritional Care Process. This process evaluates weight/anthropometrics, dietary intake, clinical data and signs for nutrient-based lesions, using your most recent biochemical lab results. The process also is designed to check for drug-nutrient and drug-food interactions.
*source: The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.