Misty Mullins grew up in the Cleveland, TN area. She graduated from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. She is Board Certified as a Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. Prior to joining the Galen Medical Group as the Director of Health and Wellness in August 2018, Misty worked at Children’s Hospital/Erlanger since 2001 where she was the Lead Pediatric Dietitian. She is the only Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition in the area that can assess the outpatient pediatric population. She also has vast experience in overall general nutrition as well.
Misty is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. She was previously the Past President as well as the Past CPI Chair of the Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Misty is licensed to practice as a registered dietitian in both Tennessee and Georgia.
Misty lives in Ooltewah with her three children, Tyler, Olivia and Harper. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her children, and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide!
I strongly believe in living a healthy lifestyle especially with a strong foundation in healthy nutrition and physical activity. Overall nutrition is very important but pediatric nutrition is my #1 love because health habits from childhood can last a lifetime. Nutrition is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle and I love being a part of educating patients on what changes they can make to improve their current diet and become healthier.
The favorite part of my job is the relationships that I have with my patients. I love to see where the patients start from and how their lives change based on the information and recommendations that I make to their diet.
RD | Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Board Certified – Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition
Certified Lifestyle Coach
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Chattanooga Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians are nutrition experts who promote health and manage disease through food and nutrition. They educate people on what to eat to have a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal. They prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. Dietitians have at least a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition (or other related area) along with supervised training through an internship or a coordinated program. Many states require dietitians to be licensed. Registered dietitians are awarded that credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to those who pass an exam after completing the academic coursework and the supervised internship. Many registered dietitians have other advanced specialty board certifications in certain areas of expertise…such as Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Renal, Oncology and Sports nutrition.
Each individual consultation….
I interview each patient to find out more about their current dietary intake. I will look over their current dietary habits and will make the recommended changes for the patient to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The biggest part of my job is educating the patient on the appropriate diet that has been ordered by their physician. I will work very closely with their health care provider to make sure that their patient receives the specific diet that they need. It will be a diet specially tailored to each of their specific individual health needs.
Dietitian vs. Nutritionist – A dietitian is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formaly the American Dietetic Association or ADA). A Registered Dietitian has completed an undergraduate program in nutrition and also a one year clinical internship program. Registered Dietitians must pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietitian Registration. Registered Dietitians must also maintain their registered status through continuing education and advanced degrees/certifications for areas of specialization. Examples of this might be a certification as a pediatric dietitian, nutrition support dietitian, sports dietitian or a certification for diabetes education.
A nutritionist is typically someone who completes an undergraduate or graduate degree in nutrition. Be aware that individuals who market themselves as “nutritionists” have very little or no training whatsoever in nutrition. Before you take “nutrition advice” from a nutritionist, be sure to check out the professional background and training of the individual giving it.
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSME) is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and we are committed to providing education resources for the patients of Galen Medical Group and their caregivers. We believe that those individuals affected by diabetes must learn self-management skills and make lifestyle changes to effectively manage their diabetes. The goal is to enable the person with diabetes to delay or avoid the complications associated with this disorder. Galen Medical Group believes that learning self-management skills is an integral part in accomplishing this goal.
Prediabetes Program – The Galen Diabetes Prevention Program provides information to people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It works to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in an affordable, high-quality lifestyle change program to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health. The program is open to participants 18 years of age and older, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of > 24 kg/m2 (> 22 kg/m2 if Asian American), must have a blood test within the prediabetes range in the past year, or have a history of gestational diabetes. Participants that have already been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are ineligible to enroll in this program. Since a lot of insurance carriers will cover the cost of this program, there could be little to no cost to the participant.
Diabetes Support Group – This is a new support program open to anyone in the Chattanooga community diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, and their loved ones. We will meet monthly to educate, guide and support in a nonjudgmental manner to foster self-management in their diabetes care. Will strive to empower individuals by providing education, guidance and support they need to live a healthy lifestyle. We will also promote self-management by boosting self-confidence by helping everyone overcome their own obstacles. This will be a welcoming, judgement-free environment so that everyone will feel comfortable sharing their own experiences. We will have monthly meetings that will be focused on one of the multiple problems that people with diabetes may be going through. We will also have guest speakers from the local medical community come and speak over these topics as well. This is a voluntary program and the participant can choose which session they would like to attend; however, all sessions are recommended. We encourage loved ones and caregivers to attend with the participants to educate themselves and encourage the participants to engage in a healthy lifestyle.
As the only Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition in the area able to assess outpatients, I will be able to work directly with healthy and/or ill children (newborn to 18 years of age) as well as children with special health care/nutritional needs. With 17 years of experience with the pediatric population, your children will receive the absolute best nutritional care in the area! Each stage of a child’s life needs specific nutrients to help them grow healthy and strong. Health habits from childhood can last a lifetime. It is very easy to find nutrition “advice” in the media and on the intranet but how do you know if it is trustworthy? Find a pediatric registered dietitian (CSP)! We are the experts in child and family nutrition and have many years of formal education and training so that we can offer you the best, most trusted nutritional advice out there.