Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD -  Live Life Diet-Free!
 My Professional Background
My goal has always been to do exactly what I'm doing now - to work in a private practice setting with individuals who are motivated to make changes  and  improve  their health.  In  the 15 years leading  up  to opening  my  private  practice  in  2004,  I  was  fortunate  to  gain experience  in  a variety  of settings.  I  worked several years  at an endocrinology / internal  medicine  practice where  I  had  the opportunity  to  do  extensive  group  and individual  diabetes education.   I  was  introduced  to  an innovative non-restrictive approach  to  eating  early  in  my career,  and have been using this approach with clients for over 20 years.  I also spent time working with the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program as well as working in  a preventive  wellness  setting for  a county  wellness program.  I worked for 10 years combined at St. Luke's and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Boise, providing nutrition education in a variety of settings, primarily individual and group education as outpatient dietitian. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, California State University, Chico, 1987
  • Dietetic Internship (44 weeks), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1988
  • Master of Science in Adult and Organizational Learning, University of Idaho, 2005
  • Certified Diabetes Educator since 1992
  • Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian since 2012
 Professional organizations:
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
               Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy:
                   Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists
                   Nutrition Entrepreneurs
  •  International Association of Eating Disorder  
  • International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians
Continuing education: 

I attend education conferences and workshops regularly.  The events that I've participated in most recently are:

September 25, 2015:  What You Don't Know About Eating Disorders Can Be Deadly:  Hidden Medical and Clinical Severity in Eating Disorders, Sponsored by the Rosewood Institute, Boise, ID.

August 21-22, 2015:  Annual Eating Recovery Center Eating Disorders Conference:  Advanced Practices and Innovative Tools in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Denver, CO.

March 19-22, 2015:  International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.

January 30-31, 2015:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  The Art of Individualizing Care: Crafting & Mixing the Best Treatments Available, One Patient at a Time, Orem, UT. (Attendee and speaker).

November 14-16, 2014:  Renfrew Annual Eating Disorders Conference - "The 'Practice' of Practice", Philadelphia, PA.

May 16-17, 2014:  Oregon Diabetes Educators Annual Conference:  "Supporting the Future", Sun River, OR.

April 24-26, 2014:  Binge Eating Disorder Association Annual Conference: "Pathways Toward a Paradigm of Health, Body Acceptance, and Quality of Life", Denver, CO.

March 14, 2014: Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: "Reclaiming the Body", Concord, CA.

January 31-February 1, 2014:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  "Helping Patients Change from the Outside In and the Inside Out", Orem, UT. 

May 2-3, 2013:  Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, Boise, ID.  (Attendee and speaker).

February 1-2, 2013:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  "Eating Disorder Treatment at the Core:  Body Image, Self Connection and Identity", Orem, UT.

November 8-10, 2012:  Renfrew Annual Eating Disorders Conference - "Exploring Controversy, Building Collaboration", Philadelphia, PA.

June 21, 2012:  Helm Publishing Self Study Course:  "The Dietitian's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Disease".

March 29-April 1, 2012: Advanced Eating Disorder Boot Camp for Dietitians, Fort Worth, TX.

January 27-28, 2012:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  "Creating Success in Recovery: Wise Navigation in the Continuum of Care", Orem, UT.

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