Jacy Pitts, MS RD CSP LD

I’ve always felt incredibly fortunate that I knew “what I wanted to be when I grew up” at a young age. As a teen, I faced some gastrointestinal issues and was treated by a GI physician Part of the treatment included nutrition and food modifications, and I was fascinated. Always an avid reader, I began searching for more information in books and magazines I remember the article I found that was authored by a Registered Dietitian. It was an “aha” moment for me.

I attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor of Science (2001) and Master of Science (2003) in Nutrition/Dietetics. I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and hold Licensure in the state of Georgia. I have maintained Board Certification in Pediatric Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) since 2007, after accumulating many hours of clinical experience from my employment at Scottish Rite Children’s hospital and passing a comprehensive exam. In addition, I earned Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Certification (CDR) in 2012.

I have been working with pediatric nutrition across the life span, from infants to teenagers, for over 10 years. I was a clinical dietitian at Scottish Rite from 2003-2007. From 2008-2012, I provided nutrition counseling at a large pediatric GI practice. At both of these facilities I worked with many nutrition diagnoses, including failure to thrive in infants/toddlers, weight loss or underweight in older children, food allergies and intolerances, overweight/obesity, developmental delays affecting feeding or growth, tube feedings, food neophobia, and other feeding difficulties. I first began working with eating disorders at the GI practice, as some clients presenting with GI diagnoses also had disordered eating behaviors. I loved the opportunity to help clients learn nutrition management of their GI symptoms, and simultaneously give education, support, and nutrition goals for their eating disorder symptoms. At this time, I realized a big passion and calling to work with eating disorders and body image issues. In 2012, I began working for the Women’s Center for Eating Disorder at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, GA.

My style of pediatric nutrition counseling incorporates principles from a leading authority on pediatric nutrition, Ellyn Satter, MS, RDN, MSSW. Satter is a Registered Dietitian and Family Therapist and is an internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. Satter’s Division of Responsibility is as follows: parents are responsible for what foods are available for a child to eat; the child is responsible for whether and how much to eat. For eating disorder nutrition counseling, my theoretical orientation is primarily Dialectical Behavioral Theory (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT). I use the Exchange System for meal plans, and my food philosophy is that all foods fit in moderation, and there are no good or bad foods. Because any form of disordered eating is often a complex family issue, I work closely with clients to support family and community efforts toward recovery. I advocate for individual meal support at school and work, help clients plan weekly menus, plan and eat challenge foods with clients, and integrate creative and fun activities into nutrition appointments to continuously promote recovery and change.

I live in Smyrna with my husband, two children, and three cats. I enjoy cooking, reading, taking Pure Barre classes, riding bikes or attending Braves games with my family, antiques, and interior decorating.


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