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 - 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. 
 
Education:
 
  • 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
  • Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists of the Academy
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs of the Academy
  • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine of the Academy
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • 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:

March 14, 2014: Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: "Reclaiming the Body", Concord, CA.
February 14, 2014:  Dietitian Central Webinar:  Menopause and Beyond:  Nutrition and Fitness for Optimal Health,
January 31-February 1, 2014:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  "Helping Patients Change from the Outside In and the Inside Out", Orem, Utah. 
May 2-3, 2013:  Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting, Boise, ID. 
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 Eating Disorders Conference - "Exploring Controversy, Building Collaboration", Philadelphia, PA.
July 19, 2012:  INR Home Study Course:  "Food Cravings and Appetite Control".
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.
November 4, 2011: Diabetes and Women's Health Conference, Boise, ID.
April 27-29, 2011:  Idaho Dietetic Association Annual Preconference and Meeting, Boise, ID.
March 4-5, 2011: Molly Kellogg's Counseling Intensive, Seattle, WA.
March 6, 2011:  Donald Altman's Steps to Mindful Eating:  Making Peace with Eating, Body and Weight, Seattle, WA.
January 28-29, 2011:  Center for Change Eating Disorders Conference:  "Putting the Pieces Together . . . . An Integrated Approach", Orem, UT.
 
 
1414 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID  83702 
Phone (208) 342-2228  Fax (208) 343-0889
 
 
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