Our dietitians meet individually with patients to discuss eating plans, weight management, and the science of food and nutrition. Tailoring a nutrition plan to meet your medical needs will help speed up your recovery and restore you to health.
Your doctor may refer you to one of our dietitians if you:
- Have been diagnosed with a condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, heart disease, renal disease, acid reflux (heartburn), obesity, or an eating disorder
- Are unable to meet your nutritional needs by eating and require supplemental parenteral nutrition (TPN) or enteral nutrition (tube feedings)
Registered dietitians (RD) educate patients, staff, students, and the community on the science of food and nutrition as it relates to health and disease including wellness, weight loss, and medical nutrition therapy.
- All RDs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a supervised practice program approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) prior to taking a national registration exam.
- Some dietitians have advanced degrees or additional certification in a specialty area such as renal nutrition, nutrition support, diabetes education, oncology, and administration.
- All dietitians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are licensed by the State of New Hampshire Board of Licensed Dietitians.
Dietetic technicians (DT) work with the dietitian and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team. Duties include patient education, nutritional screening, and helping the food service staff interpret and carry out medical diet orders.
- A DT can become registered with the ADA by completing at least a two-year associate's degree program and 450 hours of supervised experience prior to taking a national written exam.