About Tricia

Patricia Beasley, MS, RDN, LDN, CCN is an Integrative Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Tricia, as she is known, has been in the nutrition field for over 40 years and in private practice “Nutritional Health Enhancement, LLC” for over 30 years. She focuses on helping people reach their individual health goals by providing personalized nutrition therapy considering biochemical, metabolic, and lifestyle uniqueness of the individual. As an Integrative Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, she combines the basic tenets of healthy eating with the emerging science of Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutrition. The body has the ability to heal itself and dis-ease is often directly connected to what we eat and how we live. Unhealthy food and lifestyle choices can create imbalances for the entire body leading to suboptimal health, fatigue, insomnia, adrenal stress, brain fog, digestive problems, chronic disease, weight difficulties, thyroid disruption, autoimmune disease, depression, anxiety and more. Tricia identifies sources of symptoms and imbalances in nutritional intake, and then formulates a plan to achieve an individual’s health goals through healthy food and lifestyle habits and individual supplementation when needed. When leaving her office the client has a nutritional plan, identifying activities and tools to assist them.

Tricia’s personal health challenges have guided her to search for answers to her own self-healing. “I suffered with digestive problems, blood sugar issues, weight concerns, food intolerances, and chronic pain for a long time. Finding the source of the problems and the integrative means to deal with them, allowed me to regain my life naturally without medication.”

Tricia has worked in a number of clinical settings.

Her first nutrition job, 1973-1975, was at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There she conducted clinical and administrative duties in a 600 bed hospital. She provided Medical Nutrition Therapy for cardiac, renal, diabetic, cancer and surgical patients and supervised 30 dietary staff and 10 mini-delivery service kitchens. Tricia moved to North Carolina in 1975 and acquired her Masters in Food and nutrition from East Carolina University in 1976. From 1976-1978 she worked in Sanford at the health department under a state pilot hypertensive project as well as seeing health department clients and also started and conducted a WIC program (women, Infants and Children) supplemental and nutrition education program, servicing Lee, person and Caswell Counties. From there in 1978-1979 Tricia worked at Duke University Medical Center, providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to High risk Obstetrics patients, cancer and medical surgical patients. From 1979 through 1981 Tricia worked half time at Duke Division of Endocrinology, functioning as a clinical dietitian in two out-patient endocrine clinics, and as a member of the Diabetic Care Management Services treatment team, which included ophthalmologic patients at Duke’s Eye Center.

The other half of the time she worked for Duke Division of Cardiology (DUPAC) Duke University Preventative Approach to Cardiology. There functioning as a clinical dietitian for cardiac out-patient and rehabilitation centers. From 1982-1986 Tricia worked part time as a clinical dietitian at Dorethea Dix Hospital and also as a Consulting Dietitian Nutritionist at the Alcohol Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Butner, NC. From 1981-1995 she also worked part time as a Consulting Dietitian Nutritionist at Holly Hill Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, NC, and also started seeing private practice clients providing Medical Nutrition Therapy. In 2002-2004 Tricia acquired the training and certification as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, wanting to diversify her nutritional skills through an emerging interest in integrative nutrition, supplementation, mind-body, Homeopathy, and holistic medicine. This exciting venture has proved to provide more tools of nutritional expertise and was instrumental to the healing of her own personal health challenges. She enjoys providing traditional medical nutrition therapy and integrates functional or holistic measures when useful. In 2006-2008 Tricia was involved in a clinical study hosted by Duke University, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The study has long been published showing the medical cost effectiveness of using a Dietitian Nutritionist to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy to clients wishing to reach their medical and or personal health goals. Tricia currently continues in her private practice “Nutritional Health Enhancement, LLC” to offer her clients the benefits of her education and clinical experience as an Integrative Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist helping people to unravel nutritional and health challenges by providing personalized nutrition therapy.

Education

Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Nutrition Certification Board of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionist (IAACN) since 2004
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, since 1977
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition, since 1992
Masters of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition with a college teaching option, ECU 1977
Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition and Institutional Management, FSU 1973
EPIC Online Teaching Certification, Wake Tech Community College, 2017
Certificate of training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2010
Certificate in training in Adult Weight Management, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009

Professional Affiliations:

National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Medical Nutrition Practice Group, a medical nutrition therapy practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition Entrepreneurs, providing nutrition services to consumers, industry, media, and business, a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Personal Note:

As a member of her church choir she loves to share in musical ministry to the church congregation, as well as offer musical concerts to others in the community such as the Women’s Prison and the Murdoch Developmental Center residents. Her love of animals, especially dogs inspire her to support a number of animal protection societies. She also utilizes her green Thumbs as she loves to see the beauty of God’s creation around her and bloom where she is planted.