Nutritionist Raleigh NC

When you’re struggling with disordered eating or a chronic health problem, finding the right help can be tough. If you’re looking for a nutritionist in Raleigh, NC, our team at Ruby Oak Nutrition can help. We’re a group of dietitian nutritionists in Raleigh that help people recover from eating disorders, prevent disease, manage chronic conditions, and stress less about food.

Our Raleigh dietitian nutritionists take a non-diet, weight-inclusive, identity-affirming approach to nutrition. That means we don’t encourage intentional weight loss or dieting, because we know that health can’t be measured by the number on the scale. Instead, we help our clients implement slow, sustainable changes to their eating habits that promote overall wellbeing. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients of all ages, and we’ve found that it’s so much easier for people to have a healthy relationship with food when they aren’t constantly worrying about their weight.

Whether you’re struggling with an eating disorder or want help managing your diabetes, our Raleigh dietitians are here to support you. We offer both virtual and in-person appointments, accept health insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and the North Carolina State Employee Health Plan), and typically see our clients once a week or twice a month.

Below you can read more about each of our dietitians and decide who might be the best fit for you.

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4 of the best dietitians & nutritionists in Raleigh, NC

Our North Carolina dietitians are trained in a variety of specialty areas. All of the dietitians at Ruby Oak Nutrition are trained in eating disorders and can support clients in recovery. We also offer lactation consultations (AKA breastfeeding support), prenatal and postpartum nutrition help, chronic disease management, intuitive eating guidance, wellness, and nutrition support for people who struggle with executive function.

Christine Byrne, MPH, RD, LDN

Christine Byrne (she/her) is a registered dietitian in Raleigh, NC who sees clients virtually and in person. She specializes in eating disorders and works primarily with adults who struggle with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. She believes that recovery is possible, and she helps clients tap into their unique motivations and strengths in order to make nourishing food choices that honor their values. Out

  • Credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in North Carolina

  • License number: L006631 (NC)

  • Education: Northwestern University (Bachelor of Arts in English), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Master of Public Health in Nutrition)

  • Specialty areas: Adult eating disorders, intuitive eating

  • Years in practice: 3

Abby Caudle-Patton, MS, RD, LDN

Abby Caudle-Patton (she/her) is a registered dietitian nutritionist in North Carolina. She specializes in disordered eating, eating disorders, and chronic disease management for teens and adults. Abby enjoys working with these populations because it gives her the opportunity to form meaningful counseling relationships with her clients. She also has experience working at a therapeutic assistant at Veritas Collaborative, an eating disorder treatment center in Durham, NC, which informs her approach to nutrition therapy.

  • Credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in North Carolina

  • License number: L006919 (NC)

  • Education: North Carolina State University (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition), Meredith College (Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics)

  • Specialty areas: Adult eating disorders, teen eating disorders, intuitive eating, chronic disease management

  • Years in practice: 2

Serena Hutchinson, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Serena Hutchinson (she/her) is a board-certified lactation consultant and registered dietitian nutritionist in Raleigh and Durham, NC, who sees clients in person and virtually. She specializes in eating disorders, lactation, and pregnancy and postpartum nutrition. Her approach to breastfeeding support is individualized and emphasizes the uniqueness of each family’s experiences and challenges. When counseling clients, Serena takes a relational, empathetic approach. She enjoys supporting clients through all stages of eating disorder recovery, as well as collaborating with other members of a client’s treatment team to provide holistic care.

  • Credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in North Carolina, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • License number: L007181 (NC)

  • Education: Florida State University (Bachelor of Science Dietetics and Psychology), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Master of Public Health in Nutrition), Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

  • Specialty areas: Adult eating disorders, teen eating disorders, lactation/breastfeeding, pregnancy and postpartum nutrition

  • Years in practice: 2

Deidra Sisk, MS, RD, LDN

Deidra Sisk (she/her) is a registered dietitian nutritionist in North Carolina who offers virtual nutrition counseling. She specializes in teen and adult eating disorders, and also sees clients who want to improve their health through a non-diet, Health at Every Size® (HAES)-aligned approach to nutrition. Deidra has experience working at several levels of eating disorder care, including residential treatment and outpatient nutrition counseling. Deidra understands that disordered habits do not discriminate based on race, age, gender, or social, health, or economic status, and she brings a whole-person approach to her work.

  • Credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in North Carolina

  • License number: L004298 (NC)

  • Education: Eastern Carolina University (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science, Master of Science in Nutrition Science),

  • Specialty areas: Adult eating disorders, teen eating disorders, chronic disease management

  • Years in practice: 9

Nutrition services we provide

Eating Disorder Nutrition Counseling for Adults

Our Raleigh dietitians offer nutrition therapy, meal support, meal planning, food exposures, and more. We help you challenge your eating disorder and find full recovery. We can also support you in navigating the tough transition of coming home from a higher level of care, or guide you in finding a residential treatment center if needed.

Eating Disorder Nutrition Counseling for Kids and Teens

We take a family-based treatment approach, which means we support both teenagers and their parents (usually in separate appointments). Our North Carolina dietitians offer both virtual and in person support to help you recover at home, and can help you transition to or from a higher level of care as needed.

Intuitive Eating Nutrition Counseling

Our Raleigh, NC nutritionists can guide your intuitive eating journey in a way that works for you and considers any health conditions you might have. Many of our clients come to us because they’re confused about all the intuitive eating information they see on social media, and they want a more personalized approach.

Non-Diet Nutrition for Chronic Disease Management

Our dietitians can help you manage conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, PCOS, IBS, acid reflux, and more — without dieting, cutting out your favorite foods, or obsessing about what you eat. We’ve helped clients lower their HbA1c, lower their total cholesterol, reduce digestive distress, and more.

Lactation & Breastfeeding Support

Our lactation consultant (who is also a dietitian nutritionist) comesto your home to set you up for success with breastfeeding, and help you work through any challenges you’re having.

Fertility, Pregnancy, & Postpartum Nutrition Counseling

Our Raleigh, NC dietitians help you navigate nutrition concerns, health goals, and challenges that might arise while you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or in the postpartum phase — without weight shaming and diet rules.

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FAQs about working with a Raleigh dietitian

What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

In a nutshell: Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist — there’s no education, certification, or licensure required. Often, dietitians will call themselves dietitian nutritionists because “nutritionist” is a word that most people know (whereas “dietitian” is a word most people can’t even spell!). But if you’re looking for high-quality nutrition guidance, it’s important that you seek out the help of someone who has a registered dietitian credential.

Registered dietitians (also called RDs, RDNs, registered dietitian nutritionists, or dietitians) have advanced degrees in nutrition, complete 1000+ hours of supervised practice in hospitals and other settings, and sit for a rigorous exam in order to become credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In North Carolina, dietitians are also licensed by the state board. It used to be possible to become a dietitian with just a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a supervised internship. As of 2024, all dietitians must complete a master’s degree in nutrition, in addition to supervised internship practice and sitting the exam.

Every dietitian can choose to call themselves an RD (Registered Dietitian) or RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist). It’s a little bit confusing, but both of these credentials mean the same thing and are interchangeable.

At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we only hire dietitians — not uncredentialed nutritionists — because we believe in evidence-based nutrition care. We know that you don’t learn everything in school, but we value the fact that dietitians have a ton of nutrition knowledge backing up their lived experiences and their counseling skills.

What will a dietitian help with?

Dietitians are the nutrition specialists. Because food impacts every person in so many unique ways, working with a dietitian can help almost anyone improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

If you have an eating disorder, a dietitian will help you recover by figuring out your nutritional needs for each stage of recovery and helping you meet them. We understand that this is easier said than done, so our dietitians also work with you to overcome your fears and challenges around food, find motivation for recovery, follow a meal plan that works for your life (if needed), and learn to eat in a way that’s flexible, sustainable, and truly nourishing.

If you feel like you’re constantly stressed about food, our dietitians can help you get to the root of what’s causing that stress in order to work through it. There’s a ton of misinformation floating around about nutrition and dieting. We can help you cut through the noise and get to what really matters for you.

Because many chronic diseases are nutrition-related, a dietitian can offer guidance on how to eat in a way that manages symptoms or addresses concerns like high blood sugar or high cholesterol. Our dietitians do this without prescribing diets or encouraging you to cut out your favorite foods.

Our dietitians work with lots of clients who have ADHD, autism, and other conditions or circumstances that cause executive dysfunction and make it hard to plan, cook, and eat meals. Sitting down with a dietitian for an hour every week or two can make a huge difference because it provides an opportunity to strategize meals and snacks for the week.

Is it worth seeing a dietitian nutritionist?

Our dietitian nutritionists have worked with hundreds of clients, and we’ve witnessed some pretty incredible transformations.

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, working with a dietitian nutritionist is crucial for recovery. Your dietitian will not only help you get the food your body needs to thrive, but will also be there to give you support and accountability when things get really tough.

For folks managing a chronic condition or looking to improve their overall health, seeing a dietitian is a way to make changes faster and more methodically. Yes, you can work to change your habits on your own. But working with a dietitian gives you access to a wealth of nutrition knowledge and health tips that you don’t get when you’re doing things alone (unless you’re spending countless hours a day on Google — and in that case you’re probably getting a mix of good and bad information).

Even if you’re not sure whether it would be beneficial to work with a dietitian, it’s worth giving it a try. You’ll find that nutrition counseling is all about understanding your own habits, goals, and choices, and then figuring out a plan for what you want. We think this is helpful for pretty much anybody!

Get the compassionate, anti-diet nutrition support you need to thrive.

At Ruby Oak Nutrition, we treat each patient as an individual and do our best to provide care that’s personalized, realistic, and affirming. Our dietitians are the experts on nutrition, but you’re the expert on YOU — that’s why you need an individualized approach.

Unlike some dietitians who prescribe cookie-cutter diets and tell you to track everything you eat, we see nutrition as just one part of the bigger picture on health. We know that food affects your mental, emotional, and social health just as much as it impacts your physical health. It’s possible to follow the basics of good nutrition while also eating in a way that’s delicious, stress-free, flexible, and fun.

If you’re looking for support that honors your identity, autonomy, and lived experience, we’re the dietitians for you. We’re in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and the North Carolina State Employee Health Plan, which means you may be able to work with us at no cost or at a low rate.

Other resources for postpartum nutrition

University of Pittsburgh, What to Expect, Heathline