Meet our latest Distinguished Dietitian: Brenda Davis, RD.
Learn more about Brenda and her work below.
Registered Dietitian Since: 1982
Area(s) of Practice: Plant-based diets (vegan and vegetarian) and chronic disease.
- My personal website
- Vesanto Melina and I recently created a website for our new books: Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013) and Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014).
Brief professional bio:
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics: Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (soon to be released), Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy-free and Delicious. She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian. Brenda has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.
What does ‘professional integrity’ mean to you?
To me, ‘professional integrity’ means maintaining the strength of one’s convictions within a chosen profession; never violating our deepest ethical beliefs, and aligning actions with knowledge. It is about standing up for what we believe in, and doing so in a manner that is professional, honest and respectful.
What words of encouragement do you have for RDs-to-be looking to make a significant contribution to our profession?
We have a lot of work to do within this profession if we are to achieve our goal of optimizing the nutritional health and well being of people within our nation and beyond. Every dietitian/nutritionist who is passionate about professional integrity and has the courage to act on their convictions will bring us closer to this goal. Follow your passion within this profession. Sometimes opposing the status quo can be daunting, but it is the only thing that will create the kind of change that is needed. Join forces with like-minded professionals such as Dietitians for Professional Integrity – together our voices are even stronger.
Again, we extend our congratulations to Brenda and thank her for her important work and for representing the RD credential in such a positive light.