Kris Lindsey MPH, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN):
- Accredited degree program with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Dietetic internship including six months of full time supervised practice experience.
- Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Earn 75 continuing education units every 5 years.
Licensed Dietitian (LD):
- In Maine, Dietetics is the professional discipline of assessing the nutritional needs of an individual, including recognition of the effects of the individual’s physical condition and economic circumstances, and the applying of scientific principles of nutrition to prescribing means to ensure the individual’s proper nourishment and care. Dietetics is also referred to as Medical Nutrition Therapy.
- Registered Dietitians are issued a license to practice dietetics by the Maine Board of Licensing of Dietetic Practice.
- Annual renewal of license requires evidence of 15 continuing education units.
Why Credentials Matter:
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics allows registered dietitians to use either Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) as a professional title, there’s no difference.
- Registered Dietitians are all nutritionists by default, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.
- Nutritionist or Certified Nutritionist is not a licensed profession or occupation in Maine.
- Master of Public Health, graduated 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Maternal and Child Health Traineeship
- Mildred Kaufman Outstanding Master’s Award 1998-1999
- Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, graduated 1998, University of Maine at Orono
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; Advertising/Public Relations, graduated 1990, University of Maine at Orono
A Maine native, I spent most of my growing years on Mount Desert Island. After earning my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Maine at Orono, I spent six years working at L.L. Bean in retail communications and catalog design. My long-term desire to work in health lead me back to Orono to earn a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. This was followed by a move to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to earn my Master of Public Health, including a traineeship in maternal and child health.
Returning to Maine, I worked for People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) with WIC, Head Start, Early Head Start, and childcare centers. As the Health and Nutrition Specialist for Child and Family Services, I developed a passion for fostering healthy feeding relationships with children at home and in childcare settings. After attending workshops with Ellyn Satter MS, RDN, MSSW, I provided trainings to caregivers throughout the state focusing on raising healthy eaters. With the birth of my daughter, I started raising my own healthy eater.
In 2008 I joined the Hannaford Dietitian Program. At the Brunswick Hannaford, I taught nutrition classes and led store tours on a range of topics including shopping on a budget, gluten free, heart health and label reading, to name a few. In 2010, I transitioned to the corporate office to be the Hannaford Online Dietitian. As part of the marketing department’s Healthy Living Team, I answered customer nutrition questions, developed nutrition education and marketing materials, and provided nutrition expertise within the organization. It’s been my honor to help customers make informed food purchases for ten wonderful years.
By opening Mainely Nutrition, I’m fulfilling my dream of private practice. I’ll use my unique experience as a dietitian to help my clients build context and clarity with food and nutrition. Empowering individuals to achieve a comfortable, sustainable and nourishing relationship with food is my mission. I look forward to taking this journey with my clients.
Outside of office hours, you might find me gardening, kayaking, throwing a ball for my dog or chasing down a ball on a tennis court. Other pastimes include cooking, photography, crafting with my daughter and refereeing (or playing) fierce ping-pong matches with my family.