Certifications

Did you know that all registered dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of nutrition practitioners and is the professional credentialing association for dietetics practitioners. In some states, such as New York, anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” even if they are self-taught. The title registered dietitian is a professional practitioner in the field of nutrition who has met strict educational requirements, has completed a 1,200 hour accredited practice program and has become board certified by passing a national exam. The registered dietitian credential is the only credential that legally allows a person to make a nutrition diagnosis and recommend diets and/or supplements. Registered dietitians are able to use either RD (registered dietitian) or RDN (registered dietitian-nutritionist) to signify that they are using a legal trademark to indicate their qualifications.

Karen Simpson, MS, RDN, CDN has the following credentials and certifications:

  • Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist through the New York State Education Department
  • Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise
  • Strength Training Instructor, Fitness Leader, Healthy Back Instructor and Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Instructor through the YMCA