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Andrea Baron Yurkew, RD, CDCES
has over 20 years experience helping people reach their health goals. Her primary focus is clinical nutrition. Andrea is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked for Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Northwell Hospital Gestational Diabetes Program and Huntington Hospital, as well as maintaining a private practice for over 20 years.

What is an RD?
A Registered Dietitian is a licensed food and nutrition expert (RD) is a professional who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Approved by ADA's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education requirements;

  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation;

  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration;

  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.


What is a CDCES?  A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)is a professional who focus on educating people with and at risk for diabetes and related conditions.Diabetes education, also known as diabetes self-management training (DSMT) or diabetes self-management education (DSME), is defined as a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. 

How is an RD different from a Nutritionist?
Some RDs may call themselves "nutritionists," but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term "nutritionist" vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation "nutritionist," but in other states, virtually anyone can call him or herself a "nutritionist" regardless of education or training.

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