ABOUT US

DMPD is a private practice dedicated to improving the human condition through primary prevention and medical nutrition therapy.  Licensed registered dietitian nutritionists and certified diabetes educators provide a realistic and customized approach to help patients reach their goals and positive outcomes.   

Nutrition is the gateway to healthy living.  At DMPD we base our nutrition plan approach on research and evidence based treatment.  We are a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  RDNs translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and contribute to the nutrition expertise that RDNs use to help individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes.

A registered dietitian nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.  Additionally, the registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/RDN) must have completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility and passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

RDNs complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis. RDNs may also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education.

Registered dietitian nutritionists who are members of the Academy are not only food and nutrition experts — they are leaders in the field of dietetics. Members of the Academy play a key role in shaping the public's food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses or injuries. Members offer preventive and medical nutrition therapy services in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, home health care, business, research, and educational organizations. 

The Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)/Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is certified by the certification board for diabetes care and education (CDCES).  A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes, and diabetes management. The CDCES educates, supports, and advocates for people affected by diabetes, addressing the stages of diabetes throughout the lifespan. The CDCES promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that reduce risks and optimize health outcomes. The designation of CDE/CDCES is specific to those professionals who have extensive experience in diabetes care and have passed certification exam for certified diabetes care and education specialists.

DMPD accepts referrals from primary care and specialty providers.  

Carrie McLeod, MBA, MS, LRD, RDN, CDE

A  Licensed Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator, Carrie received a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and Dietetics from North Dakota State University in Fargo, her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Mary - Bismarck, ND, and her Master’s in Management from the University of Mary – Bismarck, ND.

For 26 years, Carrie has served as a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics-Gynecology for third-year medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, ND, Her topics of expertise include:  Diabetes management, health issues for women, nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, Clinical Practice Guidelines, metabolism, weight management, sports nutrition, preventative health measures, vitamins, minerals, and micro and macronutrients.

Carrie served as the corporate leader for Community Benefit/Community Health Improvement for the Sanford Health System.  Carrie also served as a clinic manager for Meritcare prior to the Sanford/Meritcare merger.

Carrie served as the first Director of Corporate Health and Wellness for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota/Noridian Administrative Services, Fargo, ND. The initiative established many health and cost benefits for employees and employer groups, demonstrating a positive difference in health care claims and a positive ROI.  

Carrie has served as the Executive Director of the St. Mary’s Foundation in Detroit Lakes and in Clinical Operations for Banner Health System. Carrie worked as a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Fargo and also at a specialized disease management center in Arizona.

As a volunteer with the American Heart Association since 1993, Carrie served as past president of the Dakota Affiliate, and has served as the American Heart Association Public Policy State Advocacy Committee Chair. During her tenure as chair the state has received $7.2 million ($4 million from the Helmsley Foundation) to fund the STEMI initiative.

Other areas of volunteer leadership include:

  • Jail Chaplain Board of Director
  • Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction
  • Concordia College Advisory Board for the Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • ND Committee - Reducing Pharmaceuticals in our Communities
  • Next Step ND Board Advisory Board 
  • Live Well Sioux Falls partnership
  • Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative Steering Group
  • Emerging Leaders in Healthcare - Executive Advisory Committee
  • Harold Schafer Leadership Center/University of Mary 2000 - 2014
  • North Dakota Dietetic Association - Board of Directors 2011-2012