ABOUT NIA

We are staffed only by Registered Dietitians, the nation's most credible source of nutrition information. A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

A minimum of 4 years of course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. All RDs must have a Bachelors Degree. Many RDs are opting to further their knowledge and skills by earning a Masters Degree in Science (MS). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, psychology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and organic and inorganic chemistry.

 

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Registered Dietitian Requirements

Complete an accredited, supervised, experiential practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or food service corporation

Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration

A RD can hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition or diabetes education. About half of all registered dietitians work in clinical settings, private practice, or health-care facilities

Many work in community and public health settings, academia and research, business, journalism, sports nutrition, and wellness programs

It should be noted that some people call themselves a nutritionist or, in some states, a certified nutritionist (CN). This does not guarantee that this person has met academic and professional requirements to practice as a Registered Dietitian

Monica Van Winkle, MS, RD

monica van winkle, MS, RD

Monica is a registered dietitian specializing in sports and wellness nutrition, weight management, and the nutritional management of eating disorders.

Monica is well-versed in the nutritional needs of athletes at the collegiate and professional level. She is the Sports Dietitian for the Seattle Mariners and spent five seasons as the Sports Dietitian for the University of Washington Husky Athletic Department. Monica is an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Monica's commitment to helping people optimize their health is underscored by her non-diet, individualized approach to patient care. Her goal for each client, regardless of age, weight, or fitness level, is to develop a healthy relationship with food. This is best accomplished through the translation of evidence-based research into meaningful concepts that can be applied to daily routines. Clients learn to differentiate science from trends, fact from fad. With a more grounded understanding of nutrition, Monica is able to teach clients to identify internal and external cues for hunger, the difference between short-lived progress and sustainable change.

In the past, Monica has worked as a clinical dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Northwest Kidney Centers. She has a background in providing medical nutrition therapy to patients with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, autoimmune illnesses, and neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, and gastrointestinal disorders. She has also developed and managed a residential nutrition program for eating disorders in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

SCAN — Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition

 

education and training

  • Bachelors of Arts: English, University of Washington
  • Masters of Science: Nutrition, Boston University
  • Dietetic Internship: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University
  • Fellowship: Eating Disorders and Adolescent Health, Harvard University

 

HOW MONICA STAYS ACTIVE

In her free-time, you will most likely find Monica doing one of the following: boxing, cycling, hiking, rock-climbing, swimming, snowboarding, wakeboarding, writing, or spending time with her friends and family.