I’m Isabella Brown, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, currently based in St. Robert, Missouri, where I work full-time as a lead clinical dietitian. I was born and raised in a farming community in central California, which continues to influence my nutrition practice. I graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Nutrition and completed a clinical based dietetic internship at Texas A&M University. My mission is to provide compassionate nutrition services to improve the mental and physical health of my clients and community.
- Sole dietitian for a 58-bed hospital
- Taught nutrition classes focused on heart health, diabetes, budget meals, and mindful eating
- Led grocery store tours to provide evidence-based nutrition education to members of the community
- Counseled patients with various health conditions, including eating disorders
- Developed a social media campaign for college-aged students to increase their fruit and vegetable intake
- Studied abroad and interned at a rehabilitation center in Reggio Emilia, Italy
Organizations I Have Worked With:
- Mercy Health – Lebanon, MO
- Crestview Retirement Community – College Station, TX
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services – College Station, TX
- Texas A&M University Student Health Services – College Station, TX
- CHI St. Joseph Hospital – College, Station, TX
- Veterans Administration Hospital – Temple, TX
- Bell County WIC – Temple, TX
- Meals on Wheels – Waco, TX
- Cal Poly International Center – San Luis Obispo, CA
- L’Oville – Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Utah State University Extension Services – Provo, Utah
Fun Facts About Me:
- I am a military spouse
- My favorite food is a grilled cheese sandwich
- My Myers- Brigg personality type is INFP
- I am anti diet culture. A smaller body does not always equal a healthier life
- One of my first jobs was as a princess at birthday parties
- I don’t drink coffee or alcohol
- My two favorite animals are honey bees and cows
- I’ve wanted to be a dietitian since I was thirteen
What Is a Registered Dietitian?
According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has:
- Completed a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from an accredited college. The coursework includes organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, and metabolism just to name a few!
- Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice otherwise called a dietetic internship. These programs are usually six to 12 months long and involve rotations at health care facilities, community agencies, and foodservice corporations.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements
So What’s the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN) has completed the steps listed above while a nutritionist can be anyone! A nutritionist may have received a degree in a health related subject, but it is not required. Registered Dietitians are trained to read research articles and scientific literature to make sure the advice they give is backed by evidence. Contrary to popular belief, a Registered Dietitian is not the “food police” and we don’t recommend restrictive, fad diets. We use our nutrition expertise to help individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes. If you are a #RD2be or are curious about entering the field of nutrition, let me know! I’d love to chat about my experience!