I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian!
Why is that important?
Anyone can call their self a nutritionist, but only Registered Dietitians (RD) have completed the multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This includes:
- Earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree with coursework that typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Completed an accredited, supervised 1200 hour internship at a clinical facility, community agency, and foodservice management facility.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.
My name is Patti Iampietro. I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed in the state of PA. I obtained my BS degree in Health Ed from Penn State in 1991. I worked in a variety of settings to teach in many different areas of health education such as nutrition, first aid and stress management. In 2004 I completed my AS degree as a Diet Tech. I moved into working at Shadyside Hospital where I worked with patients who had a variety of medical problems and provided education on how good nutrition may help improve their quality of health.
I then continued on to obtain my BS degree in Nutrition from Rutgers University in 2014. I started working in the Center for Eating Disorders with those people struggling with all types of Eating Disorders. I decided to leave the hospital to be able to work with these patients so that they can strive for long-term recovery by helping them learn what healthy eating may look like for them after standard treatment. My approach is one that treats the whole client, not just the disorder, with an individual plan that is built using a treatment team approach. While I will work to establish a structured meal plan, I will also encourage flexibility in a non-judgmental approach to healthy eating.
I believe in the concept that all foods can fit into a healthy diet and that there is not one "perfect diet plan" for everyone to follow. I also believe that we do have the ability to to eat intuitively and I approach general healthy nutrition as being able to recognize or build your own healthy guidelines within evidence supported good nutrition practices.
I also work with those who suffer from IBS to explore how dietary changes may bring about symptom relief and then allow them to discover what and how to eat to maintain symptom control. I have competed the Low FODMAP training course through Monash University. Not only do I guide clients through this IBS management dietary plan, I live it.