Nutrition Counseling & Therapy

Clinical Nutrition

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Registered Diet Technicians (DTR) provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team caring for inpatients.

MNT is an evidence-based medical approach to treating certain chronic health conditions through the use of individually tailored nutrition plans. We can provide specific nutritional management for many health conditions and assess dietary patterns to make appropriate recommendations. Nutrition intervention can considerably improve patient outcomes and overall health.

Our Providers

  • Lisa Wakefield, RDN – Clinical Nutrition Manager, Inpatient
  • Thea Waite, DTR – Clinical Diet Technician, Inpatient
  • Carrie Quimby, MOE, RD, CD – Registered Dietitian, Inpatient/Community Health Team
  • Peg Canal, MS, RD, CD, CDE – Registered Dietitian, Community Health Team

Outpatient Counseling

The Community Health Team (CHT) offers individualized nutrition counseling to help clients improve health and prevent certain diseases. The dietitian considers the client’s individual medical, social and lifestyle needs as well as food preferences when developing a plan to achieve both short and long term goals. Diabetes self-management group sessions are also available.   Medical Nutrition Therapy is available for the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Celiac Sprue
  • COPD
  • Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diabetes and Pre Diabetes
  • Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis
  • Food Allergies
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol or high triglycerides)
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity and Weight Management
  • Renal Disease

Dietetic Internship

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital collaborates with neighboring universities to join the effort to guide and educate aspiring dietetic professionals. BMH offers a clinical nutrition rotation site each year with the intent to expand opportunity for Dietetic Intern placement.

Interns will complete their supervised practice with a Registered Dietitian for up to 24 hours per week. The preceptor will work with the Internship Director to ensure that all competencies established by ACEND are met. Dietetic interns will have the opportunity to work in a hospital setting with inpatients as well as outpatients in the Oncology clinic.

Questions and Discussion

 Jamie M. Baribeau

Lisa Wakefield, RDN