Michelle Azizi, MS RD is a registered dietitian with extensive education and experience in the field of nutrition. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from UC Berkeley and a masters in nutritional science from California State University Los Angeles, graduating both universities with honors. Michelle completed her dietetic training at the prestigious institutions of Cedars Sinai Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and St. John’s Hospital.
In addition to her private practice, she has years of experience working in numerous other roles as a dietitian. As a clinical dietitian at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Michelle provided acute nutritional care to patients which included prescribing diet plans and supplements, formulating tube and intravenous feeds, and nutritional counseling. She has also been the lead dietitian at multiple rehabilitation centers where she lead group sessions, created the food stock list and menu plan for residential facilities, and provided private nutritional counseling. Michelle also enjoys media appearances on outlets such as the HuffPost Live, writing articles for health brands, and working as a corporate wellness dietitian.
Michelle’s diverse background has culminated into her unique, well-rounded approach to medical nutritional therapy that offers specialized, tailored treatment to attain the best possible results. She believes that as one glove does not fit every hand, each patient requires custom nutritional intervention. Michelle combines her psychology and nutrition degrees to provide the ultimate service as a dietitian, addressing nutritional needs as well as personal factors. Her practices are based on pure science, not gimmicks or fads, to deliver significant, lasting results.
Registered Dietitian Vs. “Nutritionist”
When seeking nutritional counseling, the first question that comes to mind is “what is the difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist?” A registered dietitian (RD) is a degreed, certified, healthcare professional. This requires a degree in nutrition, a year of supervised dietetic training, completion of a board’s exam, and submitting continuation education credits every several years. A nutritionist, health coach, nutrition therapist, or any other title that isn’t RD, simply calls themself nutritionists.
The better choice is an RD, as they had to undergo many years of education, training, and official exams, granting them the full scope of knowledge to practice. All the while a nutritionist at most completes an online course or obtains a pseudo-degree from an unaccredited institution.
Michelle Azizi, MS RD