Meet the Open Arms Registered Dietitians

Brianna is our Director of Nutrition Services and has been with Open Arms since 2016. Before working at Open Arms, she worked in a clinical and corporate wellness setting. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and completed her dietetic internship and Master’s Degree through Mount Mary University.

Rachel has been with Open Arms of Minnesota since the beginning of 2019. Rachel received her B.S. in Dietetics from Minnesota State University, Mankato and completed her dietetic internship through Aramark Healthcare at Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health Center. Previous to her position with Open Arms, Rachel worked in the inpatient clinical setting.

Jade has been with Open Arms of Minnesota since the beginning of 2019. She received her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and spent a year in Los Angeles completing her dietetic internship at various sites through Pepperdine University.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has completed the following requirements:

  • a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and/or nutrition.
  • 1,200 hours of supervised practice and passed a national exam.

Registered Dietitians are trained to provide advice and counseling about diet, food and nutrition using the best available scientific evidence. They help separate fact from fiction and distinguish healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment. Dietitians play a major role in healthcare, industry, government and education.

What can Open Arms dietitians do for you?

If you are an Open Arms client, you can work with an Open Arms dietitian in many ways, such as:

  • Assistance with Menu Choices: Not sure which Open Arms menu option is right for you? Our dietitians are here to help you decide what menu to choose based on your nutrition needs and food preferences. They can also provide you with specific nutrition information, such as calorie and carb counts, for any menu item that you receive from us.
  • Answers to your Food and Nutrition Questions: It can be difficult to navigate all of the conflicting nutrition information that is out in the world today. Our dietitians are available to schedule 15-minute appointments with you to answer your food and nutrition-related questions in an effort to clear up any confusion and empower you to make food choices that are right for you.
  • Nutrition Coaching: Nutrition coaching is an individualized, supportive process where you will meet one-on-one with a dietitian to set priorities and create an action plan to help you achieve your nutrition goals. Our dietitians will provide you with personally tailored recommendations based on your health history, favorite foods and eating and exercise habits. Nutrition coaching appointments are 30 to 60 minutes long and can take place over the phone or in-person. You will be given the option to schedule follow-up appointments to receive guidance with your progress and a chance to ask more questions.

Nutrition coaching topic examples

  • Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet
  • Portion control
  • Assistance with weight management, whether you need help with weight loss or gain.
  • Help managing side effects of a disease or medications, such as poor appetite, nausea/vomiting or unintentional weight loss.
  • Guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
  • Support with following a special diet, such as gluten-free, renal or low-sodium.

How to make an appointment with an Open Arms dietitian:

Open Arms clients can contact our Nutrition Services Department directly at 612-767-7332 or 612-677-2569 or our Client Services Department at 612-767-7333 to set up an appointment with a dietitian.

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