How to Find a Dietitian for IBS

If you have IBS, you probably have lots of theories about what foods you can safely eat and what foods will serve as triggers. Or, you may be totally confused by it all as some days you can eat some foods and be fine and then eat the same foods a different time and feel absolutely awful. What you may be concerned about is whether or not you are getting adequate nutrition, particularly if you have decided that many healthy foods are more likely to result in an IBS flare-up.

If you are struggling with figuring out how to make sure you are giving your body the foods that it needs to stay healthy, you may want to think about consulting with a dietitian.

Pasta, carrots, tomatoes, and potatoes on a cutting board
Mladen_Kostic / Getty Images

Questions to Ask When Researching Dietitians for IBS

Dietitians are health professionals who are trained in helping people to establish healthy eating habits. Before scheduling an appointment with a dietitian, there are several questions you should ask:

"What are your credentials?"

Make sure that the dietitian has training from an accredited program and that they are registered or licensed to practice according to the requirements of your country or state.

"Do you have experience working with IBS patients?"

Make sure that the dietitian is sensitive to the issues surrounding IBS and food.

"Do you have experience with low-FODMAP diets?"​

The low-FODMAP diet has received good research support in reducing IBS symptoms. It's best to work with a dietitian who is specifically familiar with it.

"What costs are involved? Will my insurance cover the cost of the session?"

Make sure that you are fully informed as to your out-of-pocket costs before scheduling your first appointment.

Find-a-Dietitian Websites

The following websites offer databases of registered dietitians:


Dietitians Association of Australia "Find an Accredited Practicing Dietitian"

This website not only includes a list of accredited dietitians but also provides a list of professionals who have been suspended or expelled from the association. The database allows you to search by name, location, and specialty areas, which includes a link for "gastrointestinal disorders." Each practitioner has a profile page, which includes contact information, area of specialty, hours of operation, and other basic information.


Dietitians of Canada "Find a Dietitian"

This site allows you to search by name, location, or keyword. I used the term "gastrointestinal" and was presented with a list of dietitians who include IBS on their profile. Each dietitian has their own profile, which includes a brief description of their experience and practice, contact information, and list of specialty areas.


Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute "Find a Dietitian"

This site allows you to search by location or specialty, including an option for "Gut or Bowel Problem." Clicking on the link for each practice or dietitian brings you to a page with a brief overview of their practice and a description of specialty areas.

New Zealand

Dietitians NZ "Find a Dietitian"

This site allows for search by location. Clicking on a link for each individual dietitian will provide you with contact and specialty information.

United Kingdom

British Dietetic Association "Freelance Dietitians"

This site allows you to search for a dietitian by location or area of specialty and includes a link for dietitians who specialize in IBS. Each registered dietitian has a profile page, where you can get basic information about their experience and their practice.

United States

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics "Find a Registered Dietitian Nutrionist"

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, offers an interactive map to help you to find a dietitian in your area. You can either zoom in on your town or enter your zip code. You will then be presented with a list of registered dietitians, with information provided as to their areas of specialty.

By Barbara Bolen, PhD
Barbara Bolen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and health coach. She has written multiple books focused on living with irritable bowel syndrome.