Rachael Hartley

Rachael Hartley, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor




Clemson University



Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, is a former writer for Verywell Fit covering nutrition. She is a registered dietician (RD) and a licensed dietitian (LD) working in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and nationally recognized food and nutrition expert. After completing her dietetic internship, she worked as a clinical dietitian and, later, as the outpatient dietitian for a large medical center where she provided individual nutrition counseling and led multidisciplinary disease management programs.

In 2014, Rachael opened her private practice, where she specializes in intuitive eating, disordered eating, women's health, and digestive disorders. She also runs the popular food and wellness blog The Joy of Eating.

She is active in her field, currently serving as the president of her local dietetics association, and previously served as the newsletter editor for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group. In 2017 she was recognized as South Carolina's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.


Rachael holds a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clemson University. She completed her dietetic internship at Emory University.

About Verywell Fit

Verywell Fit, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, nutrition and fitness destination that provides science-backed information and tools to empower people to take realistic steps towards a healthier life. We reach more than 150 million readers annually. Verywell Fit content is fact checked and reviewed by our Review Board for accuracy and integrity. Learn more about us and our editorial process.

Learn More About our Process
More From Rachael Hartley, RD, LD