Registered Dietitian

Tonya Turner

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I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) with over 20 years of counseling experience. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Public Health from Walden University and my Bachelor’s in Science degree with a focus on nutrition and dietetics from Purdue University. I specialize in working with adults looking to achieve weight loss however also have experience and interest in general health and wellness and plant-focused diets. Personally, I became a vegetarian when I was 15 years old, and have matinatined that lifestyle since. I love working with clients and seeing their health, daily lifestyles and confidence soar with even the smallest of changes.
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Education & Credentials

Master’s in Public Health at Walden University
Dietetic Internship at Viterbo College
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics at Purdue University
Certification in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Areas of Expertise

Weigth Loss
20 years
Overall Health and Wellness
20 years
20 years
5 years
Disordered Eating
5 years
2 years
2 years


Medical University of South Carolina’s Weight Management Center LLC
2005 to present
RISE Nutrition Coaching
Carolina Nutrition Consultants

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My coaching style

I believe in developing a relationship with each client I work with . I strive to make your experience of changing diet, exercise and lifestyle one that is manageable and enjoyable. I am a non-judgemental, upbeat, compassionate, and motivating person to work with. I like to ensure that I am meeting each client's needs while helping them reach their goals, knowing that there is not a one size fits all approach. I truly believe in celebrating small wins while working towards long-term goals.
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Small changes eventually add up to huge results.
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Tonya Turner


Turner TF, Nance, LM, Strickland, WD, Malcolm, RJ, Pechon, S, O’Neil, PM. Dietary Adherence and Satisfaction with a Bean-Based High-Fiber Weight Loss Diet: A Pilot Study, ISRN Obesity, vol. 2013, Article ID 915415, 5 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/915415

Jortberg, B, Myers, E, Gigliotti, L, Ivens, BJ, Lebre, M, March, SB, Nogueira, I, Nwankwo, R, Parkinson, M, Paulsen, B, Turner, T. Academy of Nutrition and

Dietetics: Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Adult Weight Management, JAND, 2015.

Hales, S., Turner, T., Sword, D.O., Nance, L., Brown, J.D., and O’Neil, P. M. (2018). Evaluation of a Lifestyle Change Worksite Weight Management Program Across Multiple Employers and Sites. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.60 (12):1112-1115, December 2018. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001442

Brown, J., Hales, S., Evans, E., Turner, T., Sword, D., O’Neil, P., Ballentine, S., Lovelace, O., DuBose-Morris, R. (2018). Description, utilization and results from a telehealth primary care weight management intervention for adults with obesity in South Carolina. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 0(0), 8 pages, 2018.

Walter KR, Ford ME, Gregoski MJ, Kramer RM, Knight KD, Spruill L, Nogueira LM, Krisanits BA, Phan V, La Rue AC, Lilly MB, Ambs S, Chan K, Turner TF, Varner H, Singh S, Uribarri J, Garrett-Mayer E, Armeson KE, Hilton EJ, Clair MJ, Taylor MH, Abbott AM, Findlay VJ, Peterson LL, Magwood G, Turner DP. Advanced glycation end products are elevated in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer patients, alter response to therapy, and can be targeted by lifestyle intervention. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Feb;173(3):559-571. doi: 10.1007/s10549-018-4992-7. Epub 2018 Oct 27. PubMed PMID: 30368741; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6394600.

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Tonya Turner
I have been working with Tonya for a month now, and she has totally helped changed my entire mindset around nutrition. I look forward to our weekly check-ins and her feedback on my journaling. Highly recommend!
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My coach is amazing. I have struggled with losing weight for years. I am finally losing weight. Tonya and I text often, she gives advice and support.
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Tonya, my coach, put me on the right direction of making smart choices with keeping the enjoyable moments. Highly recommend!
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