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Tamara Waldschmidt, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Tamara Waldschmidt, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Tamara is a registered clinical dietitian with over 20 years of experience with both children and adults. She conducts individual assessments to prioritize treatment plans that support sustainable, healthy eating habits. She develops meal plans, monitors weights and lab data, assists in meal planning/support utilizing mindful eating techniques, and provides education and medical nutrition therapy as part of a healthcare team. Tamara helps to dispel food myths and offers sound, evidence-based nutritional advice that is easy to understand and incorporate. Follow-up visits focus on monitoring progress and the ongoing development of a safe and effective plan to foster permanent healthy eating.

Areas of focus have included behavioral health services, eating disorders, renal, cardiac, wound care, and long-term rehabilitation units, as well as being a consultant for pharmaceutical drug study trials. She has worked as the Chief Clinical Dietitian for an acute-care hospital, Food Service Director, and Administrative Health Care Director for Pastoral Care, Ethics, Parish Nurse Program and other hospital departments. She has also directed community outreach programs including Mission Services, Patients’ Rights, and Clinical and Institutional Ethics.

After completing a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience, Tamara earned the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian title. Tamara is recognized by IAEDP as an Approved Supervisor for other clinicians seeking certification.

Tamara’s work has focused on the role of the dietitian in the behavioral health community, which was often small to nonexistent. “The appreciation for the impact of blood glucose levels on mood, anxiety, impulse control and urge regulation is gaining recognition. Our nutrient intake can influence our mood, and our mood in turn can impact our nutrient intake. Poor nutrition can aggravate symptoms of depression, poor concentration, anxiety, insomnia, aggression, fatigue, and maladaptive behavioral patterns such as addiction. Our brain utilizes a significant amount of circulating glucose. Even slight changes in those levels may impact the brain’s function. Achieving a balanced circulating glucose level can potentially optimize the effectiveness of mood stabilizing medications on the body.

Individualizing energy intake and expenditure in tandem with monitoring feeding intervals with a registered dietitian can be an asset to the mental health treatment team’s goals and outcomes

“My approach is one of gentleness in offering an individualized nutrition plan that is both evidence-based and client focused. I have a great appreciation and respect for using an integrative team approach in building upon a professional relationship to help each client foster positive and sustainable changes.”

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