What we do
We provide evidence-based cancer nutrition information to help you feel empowered to lead a healthier life. We’re well versed in cancer nutrition and also strive to be artful and witty. Your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.
We’ve mastered nutrition, but also have an artistic flair, enjoy healthy living, and love to create amazing stuff
We strive to stay on top of current issues and base our information on the strongest possible research
We believe food is an art form, and we aspire to take you on an awe-inspiring journey of health and well-being
Our mission is to help you feel better by simplifying cancer nutrition.
We do this by translating evidence-based knowledge into usable strategies.
We focus primarily on prevention and survivorship and humbly aim to be what you’ve been looking for.
Your health is too precious to spend on a bad diet. Learn about cancer nutrition and how you can be healthier today.
In the end,
the secret is not just to add years to your life, but life to your years
Meet our Founder
Dr. Annelie Vogt von Heselholt is the founder of Dietitian Doc. She is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and a Registered Dietitian, board-certified in cancer nutrition. She’s had a long career in clinical nutrition and is now focused on making Dietitian Doc the best it can be. To learn more about her amazing achievements and awards, click on the button below.
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A Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN) is someone who is great at clinical nutrition practice and research, and who likes grad school!
To become a DCN, you have to complete a lot of graduate course work (50-credits past an MS degree), a residency, and publish outcomes research.
Because it takes foreverrrr to complete, only a couple percent of all registered dietitians (RDs) finish. When you are finished, yes, you get to call yourself a Doctor!
Our nutritionist extraordinaire here at Dietitian Doc is a DCN, and yes, we do call her Doctor!
A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a credentialed nutrition expert. You can choose to call yourself an RD or an RDN.
To become an RD you need a graduate degree in dietetics, sail through a 900-1200-hour internship, and pass a board exam.
As of 2021, there are 108K RDs in the US!
Some places where RDs work are hospitals and universities, and some are lucky enough to have their own practice.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire here at Dietitian Doc is an RD! Her RD badge is proudly displayed in the footer!
A cancer nutritionist is credentialed via something called Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).
To become a CSO, you must have been an RD for two years, have a lot of field experience (2K hours), and pass a board exam.
As of 2021, just over 800 RDs in the US have a CSO credential, which allows them to call themselves cancer nutritionists or cancer dietitians!
CSOs mainly work in cancer centers and private practice. They manage nutrition care, reduce malnutrition, and treat side effects of cancer treatment.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire here at Dietitian Doc is a CSO! Check out the footer to see her badge.
Nutrition support is giving food and water via a tube to people that can’t eat normally because of a disease, recent operation, or trauma.
It’s managed by Board-Certified Nutrition Support Clinicians (CNSCs), and as of 2021, there are 5K in the US.
CNSCs mainly work in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and nursing homes.
To be awarded a CNSC you need to have worked in the field for two years and, of course, pass a board exam.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire here at Dietitian Doc held a CNSC for 10 years while working in different trauma center ICUs.
She also wrote a chapter in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Core Curriculum that clinicians use to pass the board exam.
Licensure was created to help the general public find qualified nutrition practitioners.
It’s governed at the state level, and it’s up to every state to decide whether or not to license practitioners in their state.
Most states require a license, while others license nutritionists without any credentials.
At Dietitian Doc, we’re licensed in dietetics/nutrition in the state of Alabama.
This means that we can provide medical nutrition therapy to people living in Alabama.
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is a systematic approach to solving a problem. It’s a process for evaluating research to arrive at the best possible solution to that problem.
Evidence ranks from a type of research called systematic reviews and meta-analyses at the top, to educated opinions at the bottom. The goal is to present the highest evidence available.
Evidence-based practice is considered the GOLD-STANDARD in nutrition practice and assures that practitioners’ advice is based on research and not taken out of thin air.
Evidence-based practitioners must understand research and remain unbiased by weak facts, popular beliefs, and personal opinions.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire here at Dietitian Doc is an expert in evidence-based practice.
She has doctorate-level expertise, has been the principal investigator of multiple large research studies, and is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.
At Dietitian Doc, we review each piece of content through an evidence-based lens. To be up-to-date, we also review our content on an annual basis.
Please note that any content on this site is for general information only and not a meal plan or medical advice.
We suggest you work with your healthcare provider to come up with a plan that best promotes your health.
At Dietitian Doc, we serve people affected by cancer with a focus on survivorship and prevention of cancer.
We know it can be hard to find quality cancer nutrition education as a survivor.
Our programs are for those who want to understand how to prevent cancer with nutrition.
We’ve set it up so that people of all backgrounds can take part and be healthier.
You’ve come to the right place – now enjoy your stay!
At Dietitian Doc, our mission is to simplify cancer nutrition by translating evidence-based research into clear strategies.
We focus primarily on the prevention and survivorship stages of the cancer continuum and provide patient-focused education.
We also aim to provide continuing education for those professionals of all backgrounds wanting to brush up on their cancer nutrition skills.
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