Your health and wellness is of utmost concern to all of the healthcare professionals who contribute to your care. Remember that your healthcare team includes some or all of the people listed below:
- Primary Care and Specialty Physicians and/or Resident Physicians
- Nurse Practitioners and/or Physician Assistants
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
- Therapists (Physical, Occupational, Speech, Respiratory, Recreational, Mental Health)
- Social Workers
- Technicians and/or Aides
All of these healthcare professionals can be vital in helping you achieve a healthy, rewarding quality of life. Many of these professionals, particularly Lifestyle Medicine physicians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, can help you improve your dietary and lifestyle habits. If you feel your habits are poor, ask your physician for advice. Some physicians may themselves provide dietary counseling to patients. Others may have internal experts to assist you, and some may want to refer you to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. If you have been diagnosed with one or more chronic diseases (e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Renal Disease), it is highly recommended that you work with your physician and/or a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to manage your chronic disease(s) most effectively with dietary and lifestyle modifications.