Upstate Nutrition Consultants Team
Our team is comprised of more than 20 licensed and certified nutritional professionals who are highly credentialed and whose main focus is caring for those they serve. Our team understands the specialized requirements of our clients, and has the experience and resources to respond to specific needs when it comes to state and federal guidelines.
Services We Offer:
At Upstate Nutrition Consultants, Registered Dietitians are available to provide individualized counseling and direction in any of the following areas:
- Weight Management and Fitness
- Diabetes Management
- Cardiac Health
- Family Nutrition and Meal Planning
- Grocery Store Tours
- Food Sensitivities and Allergies
- GI Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sports Nutrition
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Wendy D. Watkins, RD, LDN, CSG | Founder & President
During her 30-year career as a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Wendy Watkins has developed specialized expertise in the nutrition field. A seasoned consultant in the long-term care sector, and an experienced personal nutrition counselor, Watkins also serves as a trainer/instructor.
Her teaching encompasses inservice programs for staff education and development, as well as educational in-services for other nutrition professionals. Watkins is a sought-after speaker for professional meetings. Following nearly 20 years as a practicing Registered Dietitian for healthcare-related organizations, Watkins’ passion for nutrition — and the elderly in particular — led her to start a consulting business specializing in long-term care. Watkins formally established Greenville (SC)-based Upstate Nutrition Consultants in 1999. The firm operates throughout the Carolinas and Georgia, and has a strong regional presence in Upstate South Carolina.
Through Upstate Nutrition Consultants, Watkins and her team of Licensed and Certified Nutrition Professionals provide a broad range of nutrition services to a client base of more than 80 long-term care and assisted-living facility owners. Upstate Nutrition Consultants also provides individualized nutrition counseling to people of all ages seeking to improve their health and well-being through lifestyle change. Watkins and her highly credentialed team work closely with area medical professionals; in fact, many of the firm’s individual counseling clients come from physician referrals.
- Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition
Winthrop College — Graduated Magna Cum Laude
- Instructor/Trainer/Curriculum Developer — In-Service Programs for Staff Education and Development; and for other Nutrition Professionals.
- American Dietetic Association
- South Carolina Dietetic Association
- Registered Dietitian (RD) American Dietetic Association
- Licensed Dietitian (LD) South Carolina
- Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) North Carolina
- Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition
Lauren Foster, RDN, LD - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Lauren Foster heads up the individualized nutrition counseling component of Upstate Nutrition’s business. In this role, Lauren oversees and is personally engaged in providing one-on-one counseling to people of all ages.
Her clients include those seeking medical nutrition therapy for eating disorders, chronic disease management, as well as those simply interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Lauren has a clinical background, cultivated through work in hospitals and schools. This experience, combined with her strong credentials as a degreed, Registered and Licensed Dietitian, brings a unique perspective to tailoring Upstate Nutrition’s services to each individual’s needs.