Registered Dietitians (RD’s) are health professionals specializing in food and nutrition. In order to earn the nationally-recognized credential of RD, a candidate must complete a Bachelors Degree in Food and Nutrition and/or Masters Degree in Nutrition or American Dietetic internship. RD status also requires successfully passing the National Registration Exam and accumulating a sufficient number of on-going Continuing Education credits annually. A RD is sometimes referred to as a nutritionist, however, a nutritionist who has not achieved RD status may not advertise herself or practice as a Registered Dietitian. Also, in Texas, Registered Dietitians are licensed (LD) to prevent misuse of the term nutritionist. RD’s and LD’s are the only health professionals permitted to counsel patients on medically-necessary dietary intervention.
Dr. Crim has worked in the nutrition and fitness industry for over 15 years. During that time she has published her research in peer-reviewed, scientific journals, consulted on the nutrition and fitness book Hardwired For Fitness, been an expert consultant for a popular, daytime medical talk show, and been an invited speaker for several state and national level conferences. She has also had the privilege of working with some of the world’s finest athletes at the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Crim has had a wide variety of experiences, but has always found the most fulfilling ones to be the one-on-one client interactions.
She completed her BS in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Upon graduation, she went to The University of Alabama to complete her MS in Human Nutrition. While at The University of Alabama, she started the nutrition services department at the University Recreation Center. Her experiences in Alabama involved implementing weight loss programs, individual nutrition counseling, personal training, as well as nutrition consults for various athletic departments.
Dr. Crim is a registered and licensed dietitian and she has worked in hospitals as both a renal and general dietitian. Although her experience encompasses all nutrition related concerns, her emphasis and passion has always lied within weight management. Dr. Crim has experience helping people achieve their weight loss goals for over 15 years. Upon starting her PhD program at the University of Texas, she took a position at the Fitness Institute of Texas, an organization within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. This position allowed her to implement her ideal program that encompassed fitness and nutrition into one for the benefit of sedentary individuals. This program was called “Get Fit” and has changed the lives of thousands of University of Texas employees. Helping people achieve weight loss goals of 20-40 pounds lost in 12-14 weeks, fed Dr. Crim’s passion for working with the public on an individual basis.
Dr. Brittany Crim began her nutrition career when she realized that food could have an amazing impact on people’s lives. She prescribed her first diet plan at age 16 and the impact of this plan was so profound that it created a passion for helping people achieve goals, specifically weight related, that then led to the pursuit of nutrition as a career. As an athlete from a young age, she has always had an interest in how nutrition can impact performance and health. Her passion for fitness and nutrition as an adolescent developed into an early career as a certified personal trainer. Dr. Crim began working as a personal trainer during her sophmore year of college. She has always had core belief that the concept of health encompasses all aspects of fitness: in particular physical activity and proper nutrition. As a personal trainer she worked with a variety of clientele from high-school students to stroke victims to post heart attack recovery patients. It was the work with these clients that helped Dr. Crim find her passion for helping people achieve their goals through physical activity and nutrition.