About functional nutrition and
the CNS credential
Both dietitians and functional nutritionists help people optimize their health with food. In general, dietitians are trained to provide support in institutions such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health clinics, and food management. Nutrition guidance is often population-based, whereas functional nutrition focuses on personalized nutrition as part of functional medicine, which addresses the root cause of disease for each individual. Functional nutrition support is primarily provided in 1-on-1 and group settings in clinics and private practice. Some dietitians practice functional nutrition, but a functional nutritionist may also be a certified nutrition specialist, or CNS.
How is FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION different from DIETETICS?
What is a CERTIFIED NUTRITION SPECIALIST (CNS)?
The Certified Nutrition Specialist® credential (CNS®) is an alternative path to licensure as a dietitian-nutritionist. The CNS credential requires a master's degree and 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience. Candidates also have to pass a rigorous exam to earn the CNS credential. To learn more visit the BLS website and American Nutrition Association.
I'm a student member of the American Nutrition Association, practicing under supervision while I complete the 1,000 supervised clinical hours required for the CNS credential.
My Areas of Specialty
I specialize in mental health nutrition and a nutritional approach to related conditions, including: