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Makena Whitaker, MS, RDN, LD

Nutritionist
Pronouns: she/her

Currently accepting new clients
Accepts many insurance providers
Bend, OR

Telehealth Available

Phone: +1 (541) 497-3892

Working with Clients

Do you have a love/hate relationship with food? Caught between diets? No idea what you should eat? I support my clients in finding peace with food and empowering them to take control of their health through self-care. My clients come to me with disordered eating, weight concerns, digestive complaints, and other chronic diseases.

My goal is to soothe symptoms from a root cause approach with the least restrictive diet. I have counseled folks of all genders throughout the life cycle. Fun Fact: I was classically trained as a nutrition clinician with the veteran population in Portland. I have a passion for nutrition for healthy aging and find it rewarding to work alongside older adults.

As a member of the Ruby Health & Wellness Team, I am devoted to whole-person, client-centered care. I cultivate healthy bodies and healthy minds while addressing problems at the root cause, using the latest evidence-based medicine. My practice method of healing and nutrition approach emphasizes HAES, body positivity, and weight diversity. There are so many mixed messages about what is “healthy” and thousands of expensive diets/get healthy quick schemes. Let’s pause for a minute and find a balanced/flexible approach to meeting your needs so that you can finally be confident with your diet & lifestyle.

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I look forward to connecting with you!

Philosophy

My nutritional philosophy is: eat what you love and define your diet by what you can eat not by what you can’t.
The application of this philosophy flows into my practice by utilizing principles of intuitive eating and the discovery of wellness with a weight inclusive approach. It is a way of eating that does not include rigid meal plans or restrictive discipline. It does involve following your internal cues or signals like hunger, satisfaction, and your individual symptoms/sensitivities/strengths that are present in your body.

Education & Background

Through my education, I began to question my assumptions on The Food System — the big business of farming & agriculture to the consumption of food and its effect on the body. These questions led me to pursue a degree in Nutrition and Food Science & minor in Sociology at the University of Vermont in Burlington. After graduating, my passions for teaching and belief in food as medicine drove me to pursue a combined master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and a Dietetic Internship at Oregon Health & Science University. I studied anatomy and physiology, human nutrient metabolism, and therapeutic nutrition for disease prevention.

I am currently practicing as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with us at Ruby Health & Wellness at the Bend location. I specialize in helping clients with nutrition/health problems or concerns, and with intuitive eating support (and non diet nutrition), body image help and support, healthy aging, and holistic wellness! 

Self Care

What is self-care? To me, it is slowing down, listening to my body and connecting with my basic needs. I need a lot of self care to keep this body going! My self care acts include stretching, connecting with the breath, planning my meals and snacks for the day, and speaking to myself with respect and gratitude. I try to remember to take care of myself in between clients with a short walk or some big exhales so I can be the most present with everyone that I encounter that day. If I could choose a day of self care it would include a hike along the Upper Deschutes with my fiance,  relaxing in the sunshine with a sweet tea, and dinner and cards or other games with my friends or parents. 

Interests and Passions

 As a healthcare provider it is very important to me that everyone has access to fresh, nutritious locally-grown food. It isn’t right for providers to recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a greater variety of produce when it isn’t affordable or accessible for them to do so.  I am a co-founder and project manager of Grownology, a company of Around the Bend Farms that is bringing innovative urban farming technology to strengthen the Central Oregon foodshed.

 

 

Makena Whitaker, MS, RDN, LD
Nutritionist

 

Phone: +1 (541) 497-3892
Fax: 844-517-6506

 

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