What is a Registered Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is very different from a nutritionist or health coach. A registered dietitian is:

  • A food and nutrition expert that has fulfilled academic and professional requirements and has earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or food service corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes annual continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

Ha Nguyen, RD, LDN

Ha Nguyen, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and the founder of Yummy Body Nutrition. She earned a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Drexel University and holds a certification in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She is also ServSafe certified in food safety by the National Restaurant Association. Outside of her practice, Ha is President of the Philadelphia Dietetic Association and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Ha has appeared on local media stations such as Fox 29 News and has been featured in print and web such as Reader’s Digest, Prevention Magazine, and Self Magazine.

Ha resides in Philadelphia and enjoys trying out new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Shaylyn Tinari, MS, RDN, LDN

Shaylyn Tinari received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University, completed her dietetic internship with a concentration in diabetes from Sodexo, and completed her Master’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian, Shaylyn worked as a wellness coach for two and a half years helping clients through behavior change to make lifestyle changes for long-term success.   Although she is eager to help each client she sees, she is especially passionate about diabetes prevention and diabetes management.

In her spare time, Shaylyn loves spending time with her fiancé, her family and friends, and her dog, Bella. She enjoys traveling, reading fiction books on her kindle, and trying out new restaurants.

“From my experience I find that people feel they need to be cooking elaborate meals with numerous ingredients and only fresh foods in order to have a healthy meal.  It doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s keep it simple and focus on the facts. Are you eating fruits and vegetables daily? What about whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins? If not, why not? How can you incorporate more of these healthy foods into your diet?  Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t be eating, I will be focusing on what you should be eating more of and WHY, and working with you to figure out a plan of how to put it into action!”

Danielle Talenti, MS, RDN, LDN

Danielle Talenti is a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist with a focus in sports nutrition. Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Elizabethtown College and her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Drexel University. After completing her Master’s degree she went on to complete her dietetic internship at Lipscomb University in Nashville TN with a concentration in Sports Nutrition.

Danielle played collegiate soccer and lacrosse at Elizabethtown College her freshman and junior years. As an athlete herself, Danielle uses her experience and nutrition knowledge to help clients enhance their performance. Danielle works with clients on a food first approach and focuses on ways to incorporate healthier foods into the diet rather than focusing on what to eliminate. She assists her clients in developing a balanced diet and dispelling common nutrition myths and is passionate about helping clients find a positive relationship with food.

Dorothy Hanrahan, MS, RDN, LDN

Dorothy Hanrahan, MS, RD, LDN is thrilled to be uniting her passions for nutrition, cooking, and education at Yummy Body Nutrition.

She earned her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Drexel University and holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and French Language from the College of Charleston. Dorothy’s previous work experience includes pediatric obesity prevention research in Southeastern Pennsylvania schools, individual and group nutrition counseling in Philadelphia public health centers, corporate wellness in Voorhees, NJ, and inpatient clinical care in Washington, D.C. She received her certificate of training in adult weight management through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and most recently seized the opportunity to deepen her understanding of advanced culinary technique by completing the accelerated culinary arts certificate program at the Culinary Institute of America in California.

Dorothy is passionate about translating evidence-based research into digestible information and improving health outcomes through hands-on education that fosters lifelong cooking skills. She is uniquely positioned to help empower clients to achieve their goals of improving lifestyle and nutrition behaviors in the kitchen in order to prevent, manage, and reverse chronic disease. Whether you’re looking to sharpen your knife skills, learn fundamental cooking techniques through preparing healthy recipes, or optimize the safety and organization of your fridge and pantry, Dorothy will focus on your priorities and style her approach to best support your needs.