Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD -
 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
  • Academy for Eating Disorders 
  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals

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

March 23-26, 2017:  International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium - "Improving the Odds:  Clinical Competency in Eating Disorders Treatment", Henderson, NV

February 15-17, 2017:   Acute Symposium: "Improving Medical Care For Eating Disorders", Denver, CO.

January 27-28, 2017:  Center for Change National Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals - "Pathways of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery from Eating Disorders", Orem, UT.

August 12-13, 2016:  Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Conference, Denver, CO.

November 13-15, 2015:  Renfrew Annual Eating Disorders Conference, "Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future:  25 Years Later", Philadelphia, PA. 

October 16, 2015:  Center for Hope of the Sierras Annual Symposium, Reno, NV.

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.

Onsite visits to eating disorder programs:
As I am sometimes in the position of recommending a higher level of care and treatment for my eating disorder clients, it's important that I am familiar with various eating disorder programs across the country.  I regularly visit eating disorder treatment centers to meet the staff, learn their treatment philosophy and to see the facility firsthand and experience the treatment environment.
1414 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID  83702 
Phone (208) 342-2228  Fax (208) 343-0889
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