So you want to know more about me and how I got here? Well, let’s start with the basics. I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist living in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. I became fascinated with the field of nutrition when I realized how widespread nutrition misinformation had become and how many sources claimed “We have uncovered the secret! We have all the knowledge!…even though we’re just trying to get you to buy this product and even though we’re just celebrities with zero credentials.”
In a world where banner ads provide tips about how to get rid of belly fat, clarity is needed.
Gluten-free for all? Three-day juice cleanses? Kombucha shots? Paleo? Dairy-free? Full-fat dairy?? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. I wanted to learn what we actually know about nutrition, what we don’t, and get a front-row seat when it comes to discovering more.
So I studied. And then I studied some more. And I still study.
I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kentucky and have never stopped pursuing more eduction in the form of seminars, conferences, books, podcasts, and every webinar I can spare an hour for. After earning my degrees, I went on to work in a variety of settings, including a local hospital as a clinical dietitian and a dialysis clinic as a renal dietitian. While I loved the hustle and bustle of the clinical world and all of the TPN and tube feeding calculations (any other RDN reading this won’t be able to tell if I’m being sarcastic), I found myself longing to work with folks so they don’t end up on the OR schedule for a coronary artery bypass graft or sitting in that dialysis chair.
Food is powerful.
What you eat can make all the difference when it comes to your health. And yet, food is personal. Everyone eats. Every day. (If we’re fortunate enough.) Everyone makes food decisions, consciously and subconsciously, all the time.
Enter registered dietitian nutritionist.
What’s that? You’re not quite sure what a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is. That’s ok. We used to be called registered dietitians, but since that was pretty confusing (“you’re some kind of technician…for diets??”) the word nutritionist was tacked on because the board of registration wanted everyone to have a fun new tongue twister and because everyone knows what a nutritionist is. Or do they?? (The answer is no…they don’t.)
If you’d like to know exactly how an RDN is different than a regular nutritionist, head on over to my FAQs page. The short explanation is as follows: one credential is licensed and registered and has completed an accredited internship and passed a crazy hard exam and is required to complete endless continuing education and the other credential can be bought online and downloaded with a fancy certificate. You guess which is which.
But what can an RDN do for you?
RDNs have a solid base of nutrition knowledge coupled with the counseling skills to help you determine where you would like your health to be and make a plan to get there. If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that can be treated or alleviated through nutrition, I’ll give you the low-down and walk with you while you develop a new pattern of eating. I can also help you integrate the principles of mindful eating and intuitive eating to break free of your old food rules and make peace with your body instead of waging war against it.
I like to call my approach evidence-based but open-minded.
And now, you deserve a good quote for making it this far.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ~Michael Pollan
Amy Lorraine Camenisch, MS, RDN, LD, CLT, is a Lexington, KY-based nutrition therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Dietetic Administration from the University of Kentucky, where she served as President of the Student Dietetic Association for one year. Amy completed her 1200-hour dietetic internship through the University of Kentucky’s Coordinated Program, including rotations in medical nutrition therapy and food service systems management at a local hospital and a rotation in community nutrition at a local fitness center. She then worked as a clinical dietitian, where she assessed and counseled patients with a wide variety of diagnoses at three different facilities within the same hospital group. After two years, she went on to work as a renal dietitian at multiple clinics for a large dialysis provider. She counseled 100-120 dialysis patients on a monthly basis regarding the elements of a renal diet and general health and nutrition guidelines. She also created activities to encourage patient participation in the renal diet as well as their dialysis treatment plan. Amy opened her private practice in the fall of 2016 as an independent contractor with Colorectal Surgical and Gastroenterology Associates, PSC. At this location, she sees patients with a variety of diagnoses, including irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, fatty liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, diverticulosis, gastroparesis, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and PCOS, as well as those with weight concerns. After two and a half years with the dialysis company, Amy left to pursue her private practice full-time and to work part-time as a health coach for a regional corporate wellness program. She established Amy Lorraine Nutrition, LLC, in the fall of 2017. Amy is a Certified Leap Therapist (CLT) and is qualified to walk clients through food sensitivity testing and the corresponding nutrition therapy (LEAP). Amy is active within her local chapters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as Bylaws Chair and Treasurer for the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
University of Kentucky
MS Dietetic Administration
Coordinated Program Dietetic Internship
Registration, Licensure, and Certifications
Registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed in state of Kentucky
Certified Leap Therapist (CLT)
Private Practice (Current, 1.5 years)
Corporate Wellness Coach (Current, 1 year)
Renal Dietitian (2.5 years)
Clinical Dietitian (2 years)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Integrative and Functional Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
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