Texas License Update

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) sent letters to inform the LDs whose license expires on August 31,2016 that the renewal date has been extended to October 31,2016 and those whose license expires on September 30, 2016 has been extended to November 30,2016.

This extension puts all the August and September LD renewals into the Texas Department Of Licensing and Regulation. Based on the TDLR process, LDs should receive a written notice 45 days prior to the new expiration date and then reminders via e-mail.

If you have questions, please contact our license liaison at

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NEW! – Texas Academy Membership Directory

The Texas Academy Membership Directory was created to enable Texas Academy members to find and communicate with each other. You are not automatically included in the directory. To join you must be signed in using your Academy member login. Once logged in your information from your Academy record will populate the fields. Please click Add to add yourself to the directory or opt out to go back to the membership page.

Click here to access the directory!

SAVE THE DATE – 2017 Texas Academy Annual Conference & Exhibition – Speaker Proposals

The 2017 conference is scheduled for March 30 – April 1, 2017 at the new Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center – Georgetown, TX. Please mark these dates on your calendar. It will be another great program for sure!

Due date for submissions is October 1, 2016.

Update on Therapeutic Order Writing

With the new CMS Conditions of Participation and the letter from Texas Department of State Health Services expressing the plan to change the Texas Health and Safety Code (click here), licensed dietitians in Texas can now work with their local medical staff to define which therapeutic diet orders they can write without co-signature. This includes diets, oral supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition and can also include lab orders.

Please email Kim Bandelier, MPH, RD, LD at

2016 Texas Academy Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients! The recipients will be honored at the Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 28, during Texas Academy Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Outstanding Preceptor Award: Veteran – Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Outstanding Preceptor Award: Newcomer – Allison McDaniel, MS, RDN, LD
Nutrition Education Award – Allison Kerin MS, RD, LD
Bluebonnet Award – Rina P. Patel, Pharm.D., BCNSP
Distinguished Scientist – Teresa L. Wagner MS, RD, LD
Emerging Dietetic Leader – Allison A. Childress, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Media Award – Emily Hein, RDN, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Houston – Roaxana Tamijani MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Lubbock – Dayna McCutchin, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-South Texas – Katherine Jechow Bowen, MS, RDN, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Mid-East Texas – Kristen Hicks, MS, RD, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Dallas – Laura Bartee, RD, LD
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year – Carolyn Tarver
Outstanding Student-DI – Kayla Clark – Texas Tech University
Outstanding Student-DPD – Emilyann Kinlaw – TWU Denton
Outstanding Student-CP – Patricia Gallagher – UT Southwestern School of Health Professions