Curriculum Vitae: Elisabeth C. Peterson, R.D.

Clinical Facilities: Peterson Nutrition and Fitness

PO Box 551
Irvington, VA 22480

(p) 804-440-3110


iaedp Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, 2011
iaedp Approved Supervisor, 2015
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, 2007


iaedp Certification Committee, 2015 - Current

  • Supervision Subcommittee
  • Special Cases Subcommittee

Within Health Advisory Board, 2021 - Current


1996 to 1997

Medical College of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved Internship

1993 to 1996

Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia
Degree: BS in Dietetics, Magna Cum Laude



Honors Council Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Human Ecology
Alpha Kappa Mu – National Honor Society
Dean’s List throughout 3 years of college


American Dietetic Assn., Katherine E. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Professional Experience:

Peterson Nutrition and Fitness

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Medical Nutrition Therapist for individuals and groups, pediatrics through geriatrics.
  • Supervisor for iaedp CEDRD Candidates
  • Consultant for clinical research trials
  • Consultant to hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies, and corporations.
  • Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University-Masters level nutrition class Preceptor for Dietetic Interns
  • Dietetic advisor for magazines and author of nutrition articles
  • Speaking engagements
  • Personal Trainer

Light of the Moon Café
Co-founder with Anita Johnston, PhD..

  • An online e-course/support circle for women seeking freedom from struggles with eating and weight issues.
  • It is a community that provides a feast of healing images and experiences that deepen our understanding of struggles with food, fat, and dieting within the safety of an online women’s support circle.
  • It is the online companion workbook for Dr. Anita Johnston’s bestseller, Eating in the Light of the Moon, and so much more.

April 2000 to April 2001

Ukrop’s Super Markets
600 Southlake Boulevard
Richmond, Va. 23236-3992

Corporate Nutritionist: Interacted with customers and associates by serving as a nutrition resource. Represented Ukrop’s in the community via media, seminars, health fairs, store tours and special events. Developed and
managed individual counseling programs. Wrote and taught seminars and classes in the community on a variety of nutritional subjects including Coping With Food Allergies, Nutrition and Diabetes, Eating Smart, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Diet and Disease and Cooking Classes. Wrote articles for Ukrop’s Valued Customer newsletter and Ukrop’s Live Healthy, Be Healthy ads for the Richmond Times Dispatch. Answered Ukrop’s Nutrition & Food Safety Hotline and Live Healthy, Be Healthy e-mail. Ongoing Continuing Education and various seminars and conferences including the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Annual Conferences.

7/98 to 3/00

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226
Outpatient Dietitian: Designed individualized therapeutic regimens based on specific diagnosis and patient's personal goals. Prepared and taught classes in the community. Organized and managed health fair booth. Developed and managed the Outpatient Nutrition Center. Wrote articles for department newsletter.

8/97 to 6/98 the

Richmond Health Care Group
Richmond, VA
Medical Nutrition Therapist/Health Educator: Participated in multi-disciplinary approach to health care with a team of Doctors, Pharmacists and Nurses. Provided health care education and services to pediatrics through geriatrics who are at risk for or have various diseases such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, renal, high risk pregnancies, obesity and eating disorders. Education included physiology of disease, the benefits of proper nutrition and measures of control, exercise and education.

8/96 to 7/97

The Medical College of Virginia
Richmond, VA.
Dietetic Intern: Rotations included medicine, oncology, neuroscience, intensive care, pediatric, cardiology, renal/dialysis, nutrition clinic, food service proRotations included medicine, oncology, neuroscience, intensive care, pediatric, cardiology, renal/ dialysis, nutrition clinic, food service production and management, administration, wellness center, consulting and staff relief. Seminar: Scientific Research Pertaining to Sports Nutrition Supplements. Case Study: Teenage Twin Pregnancy. Tray Waste Study: Determined that a large amount of money could be saved each year, wrote policy and procedure, implemented new policy, in-serviced employees.


iaedp Approved Supervisor
Professionals pursuing the CEDS designation are required to be supervised by a qualified professional who has received approval from iaedp™’s Certification Committee. Since iaedp™ has designed its certification program to insure its certified members can demonstrate expertise through a range of professional activities, achievements, and supervised activities, requirements for supervision are designed to be in line with these same competencies. It is iaedp™’s view that those who are providing supervision to Certification candidates must confirm their own extensive experience and training in the field of eating disorders by application, which is reviewed and approved by the Certification Committee. (2015)

An Approved Supervisor is defined as a professional who is not one’s primary personal dietitian; has a minimum of five (5) years experience treating persons with eating disorders; no fewer than 6,000 hours of approved work experience in the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders; accredited bachelor’s degree with internship or master’s degree or higher for Registered Dietitians.

Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS)
The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) established the certification process to promote standards of excellence within the field of eating disorders. Individuals with the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) certifications are health care professionals who have met rigorous educational requirements, have accumulated the requisite hours of qualifying work experience, have successfully passed a written examination covering the eating disorders field, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through Continuing Education, and have agreed to comply with the Association's Ethical Principles. (2011)

Certified Ageless Grace Instructor

Ageless Grace® is a fitness and wellness program created by Denise Medved. The program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. The 21 Tools have creative, imaginative names, so they are easy to remember. They are simple to do at home. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, yet they can be done on a bed, standing near or behind a chair, down on the floor, or standing unsupported. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions. (2011)

Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches how to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body to ultimately become the expert of your own body and distinguish between physical and emotional feelings. It is a process of making peace with food to gain a sense of body wisdom so that you no longer have constant "food worry" thoughts. It is knowing that your health and your value as a person do not change because you ate a food that you had labeled as "bad" or "fattening." (2007)

Girl Force: Adolescent Outreach & Prevention Leader
Girl Force is a special initiative that promotes physical activity, healthy eating habits, smoking abstinence and body confidence at a critical developmental stage. This health risk prevention program, targeting girls in their initial developing years, is recognized by AAHPERD, NAGWS, ACE and the AHA. (2006)

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor: This training included exercise physiology, nutrition,
personal counseling, health objectives, fat analysis, aerobics, weight training and other areas pertaining to
fitness and wellness.

Conferences: Hosted or Co-facilitated:

2012-Hosted Dr. Anita Johnston- Wise Women’s Way and co-facilitated Soul Cycles, Richmond, VA

2010-Hosted Dr. Anita Johnston- Body Talk: Using Metaphor to Treat Body Image & Eating Disorders and co-facilitated Soul Union, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2009-Hosted Dr. Anita Johnston-Eating Disorders as Messengers of the Soul-Professional Training Integrating Body, Mind & Spirit, and co-facilitated Soul Hunger, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2006-Girl Force: Adolescent Outreach & Prevention, facilitated implementation of Girl Force Training and Program (founder Susan McDonald with Vanderbilt University Medical Center) with YMCA of Greater Richmond, VA

2005-Presented at Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Perfect Endocrine Storm Conference in Phoenix, AZ, VDA-Hosted Monica Woosly, RD, After the Diet: Hormones, The Brain, Appetite, and Chronic Disease

2004-Hosted Sondra Kronberg, MS RD CDN CEDRD & Meg Maginn, MSW, CSW -Teaming Up for a Healthy Self: Helping Persons with Eating Disorders

Community Presentations & Workshops:

Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Transforming Our Relationship With Food: Using Our Bodies Wisdom: Intuitive Eating

Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Menopause and Nutrition: The Art of Balancing Your Hormones for Physical and Emotional Well-Being

Bon Secours Richmond Health System,
“A Killer in our Midst” Women & Heart Disease Seminar: Prevention and Lowering Your Risk

Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Capital Area Occupational Health Nurse Meeting, Weight Management Symposium: Beyond the Food Guide Pyramid

Capital Area Occupational Health Nurse Meeting, Nutrition & The Nurses Role: Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Central Virginia Food Bank Annual Hunger Summit & Training Conference, Nutrition Education/Safe Food Handling

Southern Women’s Show: It’s All About You, Make Healthy Nutrition Choices 101

Southern Women’s Show, Potential Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interaction

Controlling Cholesterol the Natural Way The Diet Challenge: TV, Hospital & Grocery Store Chain
Nutrition During Pregnancy
Women’s Health & Nutrition
Eating Disorder
Emotional Eating
Intuitive Eating
The Food Mood Connection
Back to School With Healthy Nutrition
Career Day
Kids Kuisine: Eating Smart, Healthy Heart, Hunt for Health
Dining Out: Special Cuisines
Breakfast Build’s Brain Power
A Parents Guide to Kid’s Nutrition
High School: Eat Healthy for Brain Power
Tips for a Healthy Holiday Meal
Keeping Meal Planning Fun & Healthy
Eating Out Healthy (Yes It Can Be Done)
General Nutrition
Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Diet and Disease
Hypertension and the DASH Diet Approach
Super Food For Seniors
Foods: Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements
Top Ten Foods
Hearth Healthy Cooking
Food Choices That Fit Your Lifestyle
Food Allergies
Nutrition Diabetes and You
Food & Pharmacy Tour: Diabetes Management
Wellness, Lifestyle, Nutrition & Fitness
Midlife Weight Gain What To Do?
Winning Sports Nutrition
Herbs & Spices Make Everything Nicer
Shopping & Food Preparation Tips for Singles
Delicious, Nutritious & Gluten Free
Very Vegetarian Cooking
Vegetarian Cooking & Nutrition Class
Nutrition Labels and Grocery Store Tours
Food Safety: Fight BACteria

Clinical Research Experience:

Bringing you tomorrow medicines today… Commonwealth Clinical Research Specialist (CCRS) conducted clinical research trials in Richmond, VA. Elisabeth contracted with CCRS where she provided nutritional counseling for individuals involved with specific studies researching new medicines. Elisabeth met with individuals per protocol requirements, generally monthly for a year or two, to educate and counsel individuals regarding nutrition and activity.


"A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Fixed Dose, Multicenter Study of Weight Reducing and Prevention of Weight Regain Effects and Safety of XXX in Obese Patients with or without Comorbidities"


“A Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo- and Active- Controlled Dose- Range Finding Study of XXX in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Who Have Inadequate Glycemic Control”


“A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of XXX In Obese Patients”


“A Randomized, Double-Blind, Two Arms Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Multicenter Study of XXX Once Daily in the Treatment of Atherogenic Dyslipidemia in Abdominally Obese Patients”


“A 2-Year Study to Access the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of XXX in Obese Patients”


“A Randomized, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Two-Arm Parallel Group Trial of XXX, for Inhibition of Athero- Sclerosis Progression Assessed by Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness, in Overweight Patients With Additional Risk Factors”


“A Phase II, Double-Blind Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel Group, Multicenter Study to Evaluate Treatment with XXX in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes”


“A 104-Week, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of XXX In Obese Patients”

“A 52-Week, Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-group Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of XXX In Overweight and Obese Patients”

Recent Professional Development:

2023-EDRD Pro, Rachel Lewis Marlow LCMHC, LMBT & Annie Goldsmith, RD, LDN, Befriending the Body on the Road to Recovery: An Introduction to Embodied Recovery, Jessica Setnick, Supervision Workshop

2022- BIPoC Eating Disorder Conference, RDs for Neurodiversity, Neurodiversity Affirming Approaches in Relation to Food and Body, Radically Open Blended Learning, Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Registered Dietitians (RO4RD)

2021-Brian Cook, Alsana The Missing Dimension: Current Evidence-Based Strategies for Integrating Movement into Eating Disorders Recovery,Jamie Dannenberg, MS, RD, LDN and Scout Silverstein, IFEED, Providing Gender-Affirming Nutrition Counseling for Trans+ and Intersex Clients, Nalgona Positivity Pride, Religious Trauma, White Supremacy, & Eating Disorders, Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S and Casey Crosbie, RD, CEDRD-S, Using the Plate by Plate Approach in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Stefanie Boone, MS, RDN,S, EDRD Pro, DBT and Radically Open DBT for Eating Disorder Dietitian-Advanced Counseling, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Best Practices in the Prevention and Treatment of Disordered Eating Series: Scout Silverstein, TRANSforming Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1 & 2 - FEDUP: A Trans+ and Intersex Collective, Meredith Nisbet, MS, LMFT, Unpacking Health at Every Size (HAES), Dr. Brittany Wyche, Ph.D, LCMHC, NCC The Intersection of Trauma and Eating Disorders, The Eating Disorder Foundation, Sand Chang, PhD and M Reim Ifrach, REAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LPC, NCC, CLAT, Trans+, Nonbinary, and Intersex Affirming Care for Eating Dsorders

2020-Aaron Flores, RDN and Dawn Delgado, LMFT, CEDS-S, EMDR, The Path to Peace: Treating Binge Eating Disorder Through a Trauma Informed Lens, Fiona Sutherland, ADT, RYT, Margit Berman, PhD., LP and Janean Anderson, PhD., CEDS-S, EDRDpro, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Dietitians, Monique Melton-SHINE Class: Anti-racism 101 Crash Course, Center for Discovery, Dawn Delgado, LMFT, CEDS-S, EMDR, The Trauma Informed Lens in Eating Disorder Treatment, Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP-ARFID Masterclass, iaedp Symposium-A Vision of Hope, Irene Erckert, PhD, and Mindy Parisi Cummings Working with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders: Managing Treatment Resistance and Refusal.

2019- Dr. Stephanie Setliff, Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center in Dallas Texas, ARFID and Binge Eating Disorder, Embodied Recovery Institute-Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders, Level 1, Julie Duffy Dillon, RD-PCOS and Food Peace Course for Dietitians, Jessica Setnick, MD, RD, CEDRD-S, A Dietitian's Speaking Guide: Expert Advice for Pitching, Presenting & Getting Paid, Fiona Southerland, Mindfulness & Body Image Workshop for Dietitians

2018- Veritas-Feeding Hope: Nutritional Interventions for Depression in Eating Disorders

2017- EDRD Pro Symposium-Sumner Brooks, MPH, RDN, LD, 15 of the top international professionals have gathered together to bring relevant, updated content needed to advance skills, access the research, learn the techniques tools, and career in the field of eating disorders, non-diet approach and body possitivity.

2016- iaedp Symposium, The Complexity of Best Practices: Evolving and Changing, Castlewood-Allison Burnett, LCSW, Eating Disorders and LGBT: Creating an LGBT Affirming Environment, Castlewood-Tammy Beasley, RD, Gut ‘Brain’ and Eating Disorders: Nutrition Therapy’s Role in the Healing Process

2015-The Renfrew Center Foundation-Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: 25 Years Later, Carolina House Annual Symposium-Dr. Anita Johnston, Cracking the Code: Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders and Navigating Body Image Through Metaphor and Storytelling. iaedp Symposium-Celebrating 30 Years of Serving the Eating Disorders Professional Community 1985-2015

2014- Costin, Johnston & White- Tending the Feminine Psyche, Eating Disorder Professional Workshop Training & Retreat

2013- iaedp Symposium-What’s New Under the Sun: Innovative Approaches to Treatment

2012- iaedp Symposium-Through the Looking Glass, Complex Issues/ Creative Solutions, Claystone Clinical Associates-Understanding the Biochemical Underpinnings in Addictions, Eating Disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dr. Anita Johnston- Wise Women’s Way

2011- Costin, Johnston & White-Tending the Feminine Psyche, Eating Disorder Professional Workshop Training & Retreat, ERC-Rocky Mountain Eating Disorders Conference, ERC-Onsite Visit , iaedp Symposium- Evidence Based Alternative Therapies, Ageless Grace: 21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease

2010-Cross Country Education, Dr. Howard Tyas-Wisdom of the Dream: A Jungian Approach to Dream Interpretation, Dr. Anita Johnston-Body Talk: Using Metaphor to Treat Body Image & Eating Disorders

2009-Dr. Anita Johnston-Eating Disorders as Messengers of the Soul-Professional Training Integrating Body, Mind & Spirit, Remuda Ranch-Living Free: Helping Eating Disordered Patients Find Their Identity, Remuda Ranch-Hungry for Hope, Costin, Johnston & White-Tending the Feminine Psyche, Eating Disorder Professional Workshop Training & Retreat

2008-Commonwealth Parenting, Courtney Martin, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body

2007- Costin, Johnston & White-Tending the Feminine Psyche, Eating Disorder Professional Workshop Training & Retreat, Tribole & Resch, Intuitive Eating Workshop for Professionals: From Learning the Core Skills to Uncovering Hidden Nuances, Remuda Ranch-Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan: A Closer Look, INR-Obesity: A Scientific Update, PESI-Overcoming Anxiety, Anger and Depression Through the Path of Mindfulness

2006- SCAN Striving For Balance: Professional Approaches for Improvement in Weight, Body Image and Disordered Eating, Renfrew-Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, A Body to Die For, University Medical Center at Princeton: Lock & LeGrange Family-based Treatment of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa Based on the Maudsley Approach, Rose & Glovsky-Motivational Interviewing Workshop, Jessica Setnick, RD, CEDRD, Eating Disorders Boot Camp, Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW, Counseling Intensive, AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Remuda Ranch-Professional Growth Onsite Eating Disorder Workshop

2005-Monica Woolsey, RD-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Perfect Endocrine Storm, VDA-Monica Woosly, RD, After the Diet: Hormones, The Brain, Appetite, and Chronic Disease, Leadership Training-Girl Force

2004- Sondra Kronberg, MS RD CDN CEDRD & Meg Maginn, MSW, CSW-Teaming Up for a Healthy Self: Helping Persons with Eating Disorders

2003-NEDA- Building Connections and Mobilizing Families, Educators, Advocates and Treatment Providers

2002-SCAN-Creating Order from Disorder: Healing America’s Relationship With Food

1997-2003-110 CEU’s including National, District, State and Allied Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Meetings, Exhibits, and Poster Sessions

Professional Memberships:

  1. International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
    (iaedp)-since 2009; Richmond, VA Chapter-since 2017
  2. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  3. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/Virginia/Greater Richmond Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GRAND), since 1996
  4. International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD)
  5. Behavioral Health Nutritionist (BHN)
  6. Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionist (SCAN)
  7. Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
  8. Professional Member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  9. American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)
  10. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) – Certified Personal Trainer