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Introducing the OC Nutrition Dietitians
January 26, 2010, 6:49 am
Filed under: Dietitians, Uncategorized

As many of you know, OC Nutrition used to be a “one woman show”. As a busy mom of a 7 month old girl (Rylee Jewel) I’m a little short on time. As a result, I have recruited 3 other top notch dietitians to help me provide nutrition services throughout Orange County. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the OC Nutrition Dietitians:


Robyn Moss, MS, RD
Robyn Moss, MS, RD has a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition and has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 25 years. As the executive dietitian to an international weight management company, Robyn was responsible for developing the food line, creating the menu plans and designing the educational materials. Once her 2 daughters became school-age she devoted her time to educating students and families on how to eat for success. Robyn has a passion for sports nutrition illustrated by her husband who went from “coach potato” to an Ironman. She also specializes in food allergies and intolerances.

Robyn provides nutrition counseling for OC Nutrition in Newport Beach, Irvine and Orange. To schedule an appointment with Robyn, please contact her at robyn@ocnutrition.com.


Joy Parsons, RD
Joy earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She is certified in Adult Weight Management through the ADA and is training for her Health and Fitness Instructor certification through ACSM. 

Joy has 8 years of experience in clinical nutrition. She currently works at Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside where she is the Clinical Nutrition Manager and oversees the outpatient weight loss program. Joy started her private practice, enJoy Health!, in 2007 to provide nutrition counseling and education to the Riverside/Temecula community. She recently expanded her practice to Anaheim and Azusa where she teaches nutrition classes for a weight loss program and provides nutrition counseling for seniors.

Joy enjoys educating individuals about nutrition and assisting each individual with their health and weight goals. She resides in Chino Hills with her husband, Mike and son, Liam.

Joy provides nutrition counseling for OC Nutrition in Chino and Anaheim Hills. To schedule an appointment with Joy, please contact her at joy@ocnutrition.com.


Dariella Gaete, MS, RD
Dariella received her B.S. in Dietetics and M.S. in Nutritional Science from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently a part-time instructor at CSULB and works for UCI Medical Center’s Bariatric program. She is certified in Adult Weight Management and trained in Intuitive Eating and has designed and implemented an Intuitive Eating based weight management class for UCI. She is also a Nutrition Specialist for The Network for a Healthy California where she provides nutrition education to elementary schools.

She is the Treasurer for the Orange District of the California Dietetic Association and was awarded Young Dietitian of the Year for 2010.

Dariella provides nutrition counseling for OC Nutrition in Long Beach. To schedule an appointment with Dariella, please contact her at dariella@ocnutrition.com


With OC Nutrition now having dietitians throughout all of Orange County, we’re hoping to make your life a little easier and provide our services at the location most convenient for you!



Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

Dietitian or Nutritionist: Who is the Nutrition Expert?
January 4, 2010, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Dietitians, Uncategorized

Did you know that in California anyone can call themselves a “Nutritionist”?  Most states require licensing, but section 2068 of California’s Business and Profession code allows anyone to call themselves a Nutritionist regardless of education.  People have taken advantage of this loophole to market themselves as so-called nutrition experts.  Many of these unqualified nutritionists are salesmen with illegitimate credentials obtained through diploma mills (organizations granting degrees which are fraudulent or worthless due to lack of proper standards).  According to the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), these unqualified “nutritionists” charge counseling fees for questionable advice; utilize unproven “tests” to assess nutritional status; and often profit personally from the sale of supplements they prescribe.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a professional credential, just like a Registered Nurse (RN) or Medical Doctor (MD).  The title is legally protected and can only be used by those authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.  Individuals who are Registered Dietitians have 1) received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from an accredited college or university; 2) completed at least 900 hours of internship experience at an accredited institution; 3) successfully completed the Registration Exam for Dietitians; and 4) maintained recertification by obtaining at least 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years.

While many illegitimate nutritionists provide advice that is not backed by sufficient research, Registered Dietitians are trained to critically evaluate research studies and base their advice on the most up-to-date research.  By looking at your medical history, medications, supplements, and eating and exercise habits, a Registered Dietitian can provide you with safe and effective nutrition counseling to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

To help protect you against unqualified nutritionists, the NCAHF recommends that you check out the accreditation status of any unfamiliar degree-granting institution and verify a nutritionist’s credentials by checking with the local, state or national dietetic association.

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice.  OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

Useful Resources:

American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)