Registered dietitians, also called nutritionists, are health care professionals who have specialized expertise in food and nutrition. At Pacific Medical Centers, our dietitians help patients improve their health through better eating habits. This can include assessment of the nutritional care needs, development of nutritional care plans, and diet education/counseling.

Registered dietitians have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a university or college accredited by the American Dietetic Association. They have also completed an accredited practice program and have passed a national examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. All of our dietitians also have certification through the State of Washington.

Dietitians at Pacific Medical Centers recommend dietary changes for patients with chronic conditions. For example, if you have high blood pressure, our dietitian can teach you how to use less salt when preparing meals. If you are overweight, our dietitians can help you reduce the fat and sugar in your diet and create a more healthful eating plan. Our dietitians also work and collaborate with other health care professionals to provide medical nutritional therapy to patients.