About Us

Ruby Oak Nutrition is a safe space for kids, teens, and adults of all backgrounds and identities to improve their health while working towards food and body peace.

We’re a group of identity-affirming, Health at Every Size®-aligned, anti-diet dietitian nutritionists based in North Carolina. We specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating, intuitive eating, perinatal nutrition, chronic disease management, and lactation/breastfeeding support.

We offer virtual appointments to clients in North Carolina and many other states, and in-person appointments at our two offices in Downtown Raleigh and Durham.



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Our North Carolina dietitian nutritionists help you feel better in your body without restrictive diets or weight loss goals.

Clients have said that in their work with us, they feel safe, heard, and accepted. Through nutrition counseling, we empower YOU to make nourishing food choices without guilt or fear.

Learn more about our nutrition counseling services and specialties

Our North Carolina Dietitian Nutritionists

Christine Byrne (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN

Christine Byrne (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN

Owner, Dietitian | Raleigh Office & Virtual Visits

Specialties: Adult eating disorders, teen eating disorders, intuitive eating

Abby Caudle-Patton (she/her), MS, RD, LDN

Abby Caudle-Patton (she/her), MS, RD, LDN

Dietitian | Virtual Visits

Specialties: Child and teen eating disorders, adult eating disorders, chronic disease management

Serena Hutchinson (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Serena Hutchinson (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Dietitian & Lactation Consultant | Durham Office & Virtual Visits

Specialties: Lactation/breastfeeding; pregnancy fertility & postpartum; adult eating disorders

Deidra Sisk (she/her), MS, RD, LDN

Deidra Sisk (she/her), MS, RD, LDN

Dietitian | Virtual Visits

Specialties: Child and teen eating disorders, adult eating disorders, pediatric nutrition

Our Mission

Our mission is to help you STOP obsessing about food and your body, and START nourishing yourself without guilt — so that you can be the vibrant, unique, incredible person you’re meant to be.

Our Nutrition Philosophy

We believe that everyone is born with the innate ability to listen to their bodies. We also know — from our own personal experiences, and from experiences that clients share with us — that our diet- and weight-obsessed culture can make it really, really hard to honor our bodies’ needs. We’re told from a young age to ignore our appetites, make ourselves smaller, and eat according to a set of rules (that keeps changing). 

As anti-diet dietitians, we’re here to help you tune out the noise of diet culture, and tune back into your own body. We take a fully anti-diet, weight-inclusive approach because we know that it’s the best path towards feeling comfortable in your own skin, confident in your food choices, and empowered to live the best, most fulfilling life that you can.

At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we know eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image struggles affect people of all shapes, sizes, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ability levels, and economic backgrounds. We also know that our culture, the media, the medical establishment, and even the eating disorder field aren’t exactly safe spaces for people with marginalized identities. Of course we’re not perfect either, but we’re constantly learning, challenging our own biases, and striving to be an inclusive and affirming space for all.

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Our Nutrition Services

We offer anti-diet nutrition counseling for people age 13 and up. For teenagers, we take a family-based treatment approach that actively involves parents/caregivers in the eating disorder recovery process.

Learn more about our nutrition counseling services and specialties

We offer virtual nutrition counseling services in:

  • North Carolina
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Vermont

Our Story

Ruby Oak Nutrition was founded in 2021 by Christine Byrne, a dietitian and former journalist. (We were originally called Christine Byrne Nutrition, but that name doesn’t reflect the expansive, collaborative group practice we’re building!) Christine saw the need for more anti-diet nutrition services that empowered clients to trust their own bodies, instead of prescribing them cookie-cutter diets.

There are lots of fantastic anti-diet nutrition practices out there, AND there are so many people still in need of services who aren’t able to access them because of long waitlists, long distances, cost, and more.Christine started seeing a few clients out of Current Wellness, a wellness studio and co-working space for HAES-aligned practitioners, in 2021. Her client load grew steadily over the course of that first year, and she hired her first associate dietitian in March 2023.

As Ruby Oak Nutrition continues to grow, we’re committed to continuing to provide excellent nutrition counseling for eating disorders and disordered eating, while expanding our anti-diet services to other areas of nutrition, like pregnancy, lactation, diabetes, sports nutrition, and more.