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Practical Nutrition wants to help you achieve new heights in your nutrition and wellness goals. We start where you're comfortable and work from there. 

You can expect personalized attention and answers to your questions.

Help clients understand and develop practical ways to implement nutrition to enhance their everyday lives while maximizing energy. 

Clients feel confident enough to develop their own approaches to improving their health and can successfully navigate their way through the otherwise confusing and misleading world of nutrition.


Founder of Practical Nutrition, Heather Di Stefano, is a master's-level Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), as well as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with the National Board for Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC). Heather has spent years learning from some of the best in the industry and continues to seek professional mentoring. Heather's practice uses only science-based information for the most effective results.

Heather began her career as an inpatient clinical dietitian, where she learned many of her skills. She also worked as an Army dietitian, where she led multiple education groups and assisted Soldiers who had experienced very traumatic injuries. She currently serves as a dietitian in the United States Public Health Service, one of the nation's seven uniformed services, where she primarily works with under-served populations. Heather loves sharing her passion for nutrition and healthy lifestyle with others.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Heather provides patient care out of Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. in Arlington, TX. This rehabilitation clinic was established in 1996 and is a full-service physical therapy clinic offering aquatics therapy and more. Many patients experience overweight or obesity-related joint conditions. Integrating physical therapy with medical nutrition therapy provide and environment conducive to weight loss, relieving joint discomfort and improving flexibility. 

If you are interested in learning more about our interdisciplinary approach, please Classic Rehabilitation, Inc.  

Education and Experience

Master's of Science, Nutrition Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bachelor’s of Science, Human Nutrition and Food Science, New Mexico State University

Dietetic Internship, University of Nebraska

13 years total inpatient and outpatient nutrition care experience

3 years U.S. Army Officer Dietitian

6 years United States Public Health Service Officer Dietitian 


Heather works with the non-diet approach in helping her clients become familiar and connected to their “physical” hunger.

This approach is also known as Intuitive Eating. 

Heather believes in restoring your innate ability to self regulate your eating and nutrition without having 

rigid diet rules and timelines, which often result in guilt and shame after eating "forbidden" foods.

By familiarizing you with the appropriate mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats your body needs, Heather is able to help you create a sensible road map to achieve your nutrition goals and maintain a healthy metabolism.

Heather evaluates all pertinent blood laboratory values, your exercise regimen and any dietary preferences on an individual basis.

The Difference

Anyone can claim the title “nutritionist” without regard to what qualifications they may possess. However, there are those who have amassed the education and practical experience to truly merit the title: Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. Heather Cline is an outstanding member of the latter group, an RDN who earned her nutrition science degrees at New Mexico State University and University of Nebraska.

Inspired by her desire to provide long-term nutritional solutions for her patients, 

Heather was motivated early on by the power of healthy food choices in the prevention and management of chronic disease. 

She wants to help others in truly understanding that their long-term health can

 only result from permanent lifestyle changes and not temporary dietary trends.

Heather enjoys treating her clients with a combination of individualized therapeutic diets, fitness regimens and compassionate counseling.

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