As published in the Middletown Valley Citizen Dec. 15, 2016 and The Brunswick Citizen January 2017.
“I always knew I wanted to counsel kids,” said Lindsey Carter, a pediatric nutritionist who recently opened Back 2 Basics Nutrition LLC in Middletown.
Carter grew up in the Eldersburg-Sykesville area of Maryland. Already holding a degree in business, she decided she wanted to go back to school to seek a career in pediatric nutrition counseling, a path she described as “a long road.” She earned her Masters degree in Nutrition at Meredith College in North Carolina.
“To be a dietician,” she said, “you have to do a year-long unpaid internship – a fact most people do not know. You go into hospitals, health departments, and all different areas of nutrition to study under dieticians.”
Carter first worked in a health department, counseling pregnant women, postpartum women, and children ages 21 and under, providing nutrition therapy. After a couple of years, she decided to move back to Maryland to be closer to her family.
“From the very beginning,” she said, “when I went back to school, I knew that I wanted to go into private practice. I thought this was the perfect time. I had experience under my belt, so I could branch off and do it on my own.”
Carter said she has been visiting different medical practices introducing herself, and she receives referrals of patients in this way. She has a Facebook page and website (www.back2basicsnutritionllc.com) through which people may book appointments. She is also accessible through www.healthprofs.com. Carter specializes in overweight, underweight, obesity, and picky eaters, general weight management issues and feeding issues.
“I am kind of a support to any children who have feeding issues or genetic disorders related to nutrition. I can provide followup after hospital discharge,” she said.
Carter said she volunteered at the Hopkins Weight Management Clinic and the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Pediatric Weight Management Center. Growing up, she said, “I was the kid that ate Kid Cuisine and sodas and junk food. I knew that I wanted to help children.”
“I was interested in how food affects the body and how it can heal like medicine. Most modern medicines are derived form plants. Food is the fuel that sets us up for long-term health. Teaching kids to have adequate nutrition while they are young can set them up for lifelong health. I don’t put kids on diets – it is not about the numbers on the scale; it is about learning moderation, variety, and having a healthier lifestyle.”
Carter lives in Knoxville with her husband Tobe, her three children (Pierson, 5; Quin, 3; and Macoy, 1), and her dog, a pug named Rufus. Her hobbies include baking, crochet, gardening, and assisting her husband in renovating their 1902 farmhouse. The Carters are members of Holy Family Catholic Community.
Carter said she is also a Maryland-approved Medicaid provider and in in-network for Maryland Physicians Care and Priority Partners, the two Medicaid providers in the area. She said she takes a number of insurances and most of the time, her services can be covered in this way.
Regarding her Medicaid certification, she said, “It was really important to me. I wanted to make sure I could serve people who really need it.”
Carter’s office is located at 17 West Main Street, Suite B, in Middletown, and she can be reached at 410-598-4336, B2BNutritionLLC@gmail.com.
Lindsey Carter is a pediatric nutritionist who just opened an office in downtown Middletown
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