National Nutrition Month: What is an RD and how can one help you?
Many of us have a love-hate relationship with food. Even those of us who love to eat can struggle with feelings of guilt and confusion when it comes to food. Food choices can be complicated…and so very emotional! Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and get an objective view of what (and why) we eat what we do. Seeing a nutritionist can be the first step on a very rewarding (and healthful) journey that is designed to improve your relationship with food with education and lots and lots of ideas and options.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
You can see an RDN for a wide variety of reasons. Whether you have a chronic condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, struggle with healthy weight or your relationship to food, or maybe you would just like to learn more about nutrition in general!
You can call 603-537-3033 to make an appointment or speak with your primary care provider about getting a nutrition consultation.
Learn more about DMC’s wonderful nutritionists below!
Emily Calder, MS, RDN, LDN, CPT got her bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Nutrition from Merrimack College, then went on to receive her Masters’ degree in Nutrition and Health Policy from Simmons University. Emily has worked clinically since receiving her certification, but much prefers outpatient settings where she can spend more time getting to know patients. She works with a wide variety of patients. In her free time Emily loves to spend time with friends, family, her partner and her wonderful pets. She loves the outdoors, fitness, reading, crocheting, and watching movies!
Vipra Rai, MS, RD, LD, CDE earned her Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition from M.S University, Gujarat, India. She completed her dietetic internship at UNH, Durham, NH. She has been a registered dietitian since 2000 and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) since 2003. Her compassionate, realistic and flexible approach means that she offers food planning solutions that work in real life to inspire her patients and help them achieve their health goals. Vipra hosts DMC’s Facebook Live cooking demos to help the audience make healthy ingredient choices as well as delicious meals (you can CLICK HERE to view the latest cooking demo). As Director of Clinical Operations for DMC, Vipra also brings an important extra layer of clinical knowledge to her patients.
What do the letters mean?:
MS: Master of Science
RD(N): Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (national license)
LD(N): Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (state license)
CPT: Certified Personal Trainer
CDE: Certified Diabetes Educator