About Maureen

Maureen earned a degree in  Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado.  She completed her  Dietetic Internship through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a program with a special focus on diabetes education.  She has also earned  a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management by the Commission  on Dietetic Registration.  


Maureen's  primary professional focus is individual nutrition counseling and  Medical Nutrition Therapy.  She assists and encourages people who are  looking to improve their overall health through changes in dietary  habits.  Maureen also has experience in helping people who struggle with  eating disorders.


Before  starting her own dietetics practice, Maureen was employed as the  lead program dietitian at the Winchester Medical Center Bariatric  Program.  In that setting, she developed extensive experience with  medical weight loss, post-bariatric surgery nutrition, and addressing disordered eating behaviors. 

 

Maureen's  experience also includes:  Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes  Education Program, Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Education  Program, "Maintaining Active Citizens" Senior Centers, Culpeper Senior  Nutrition Center, DaVita Dialysis Center, Holly Center (Developmental  Disabilities), Worcester County Public Schools, and raising three  children of her own.

The Dietitian Difference

Anyone can claim to be a "nutritionist."  To be a Registered Dietitian requires:


-Earning  a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of  Nutrition and Dietetic's Accreditation Council for Education in  Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and  nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics,  computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and  chemistry.


-Completing an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation. 


-Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


-Completing continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.


According  to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitians  "provide a nutrition assessment, determine the nutrition diagnosis,  determine and implement a nutrition intervention, and then in subsequent  visits monitor and evaluate the patient’s progress. Nutrition education  for disease prevention and nutrition counseling for chronic conditions  provided over a series of visits are essential components of a  comprehensive health care program."


(see http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/about-us/what-is-an-rdn-and-dtr/work-with-an-rdn-or-dtr)


Maureen Watts is listed at AllTherapist.com.