I’m so glad that everyone has said yes! Why wouldn’t you refer your clients who have a medical nutrition issue or just food related question to an RD? I mean, they went to school for a minimum of 4 years, did the science, nutrition counseling, interned for 6-12 months to be “nutrition experts” 🙂 So yea, I would definitely choose a RD. Now, just as in training, RD’s have some personalized training also. If you go to eatright.org you can use the RD locator and pick which specialties you may want to look for in an RD.
Along with everyone else I agree that being able to have a relationship with and to refer to a Registered Dietitian is important.
Like any other health care professional it is important to vet the Dietitian you would like to refer to. Check local better business bureaus, chambers of commerce, local/regional Registered Dietitian sites, speak to other trainers.
For the RD’s and Holistic Nutritionists I work with, besides meeting with them prior to adding to my referral network, I have attended any workshops or community presentations they have done and even ask (if they are interested and can do) to trade a nutrition consult or two for training services. What better way to see how they do what they do?
And finally, I have introduced my new health practitioner network members by offering a group workshop to my clients (who can also bring a friend) so they can also get a “taste” of the professional I will be using in my referral network.
It all seems a bit time-consuming, but it is the process I have liked to go through and makes me comfortable.
I also agree that having a Registered Dietician to refer a client to is a great thing. I just recently needed to refer a client of mine to an RD, and she found one she liked in her network. So, it is always an option of the client to find their own as well if you don’t have one.
Make that another yes! An RD is a great resource to have in your professional circle. Like others have said – check them out. Meet with them to make sure you’re on the same page. Besides providing your client another valuable service and resource, it can turn out can be a win-win relationship as far as referrals go. Good luck Noreen!