Jay Patruno RD, LDN, CPT is a residential eating disorder dietitian in the Greater Boston, MA area. He completed his DPD at Boston University and his DI at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Along with being an eating disorder RD, he is a committee chairperson for the Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD) and started a telehealth-based private practice with his partner (and two dogs, Hugo and James Hamilton [Ham]) called Digital Dietitian. A big part of his passion in the field of nutrition is diversity and inclusion, ensuring that our profession not only reflects those we serve but also provides ethical, affirming care for all. If Jay could freeze time, then the first thing he would do is take a nap. COGA is proud and honored to have a member like Jay who is open-minded, curious, and a HUGE peanut butter lover.
He has given many presentations at the local, state, and national level on LGBTQ+ nutrition care! Check out one of his most recent presentations from this year at FNCE (you'll get to see Hugo and Ham too!) - LGBTQ+ Health: Nutritional Considerations and Providing Inclusive Patient Care
Areas of Focus: Sports and Wellness, Eating Disorders, and Diversity and Inclusion
Jay's advice to dietetic interns:
"Be open to change, be open to the known, go forward with curiosity, and an open mind. I feel as though RDs are naturally 'type A', and we want to be prepared for everything. But we’re students of life, and I’ve learned I’m the most effective when I set my biases aside and don’t pre-formulae a plan because you never know what that individual actually needs or what that situation calls for. Sometimes our intention to be prepared prevents us from seeing the whole picture and being flexible."