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Amy Roark


Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED)

Sports Dietetics – USA (SD-USA)

Wellness and Cardiovascular RDs (Wellness/CV)

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  • Oops! Sorry about mis-addressing you Ms. Roark. I'm trying to seek out as many different perspectives as possible, and I did not revise my message. You can accidentally call me Mark and then we'll be even. I hope to still hear from you despite my blunder!


    Amy Roark replied:

    Posted: 1/5/2015 3:07:47 PM

    Hi Mary,

    No problem.  I just assumed you had hit the wrong button, so I did not respond.  Sorry about that.  To your question, I do not have a master's degree.  I work in a physician practice and we market my CSSD on our website. I do see some sports only clients, but  I work sports nutrition into many of my client interactions even if they are not specifically sports related.  I hope that helps!


    Amy Roark

  • Hi Ms. Duncan-

    I’m currently an inpatient clinical RD, but my long-term goal has always been to become a sports dietitian. I have remained in the inpatient acute care setting for my first couple years to strengthen my understanding of biochemistry and build my general nutrition knowledgebase. I’m at a point now where I’m looking on to my next step, and am ready to head in the direction towards my ultimate goal. I’m considering getting my Master’s Degree (either in Sports Nutrition, Business, or Exercise Science), but wanted to first hear some of the paths taken by current sports RD’s. I’ve read that many positions are not full-time, and if you (or others) are essentially running a private practice, would it be more beneficial to get my Master’s in Business? From what you’ve experienced, is there a good chance that investing in a Master’s of Sport Nutrition would result in a job? Or might I have more opportunities if I seek out “Assistant to the Dietitian” or apprenticeship-type positions versus paying for another degree? I am very interested in learning how to apply my nutrition background to athletes of all kinds, and would really be willing to go any route; I just don’t know where to start.

    When you get a chance, I'd love if you could share some insight.


    Thanks in advance, and Happy New Year!


    Mary Balog, RD

    Amy Roark replied:

    Posted: 1/5/2015 3:10:04 PM

    I hope I answered your question in my previous response, but let me know if there is more to your question.  I do think a Master's degree is going to be very important for RDs, but I don't know that it will matter that much what it is in unless you are going to try to work as a team sports RD.  Master's in Exercise Science or Sports Nutrition would probably be the way to go in that case.


  • Ms. Roark,


    I have a quick question I hope you can answer. I have been asked to present to a community swim team, ages six to senior in high school, I plan on providing the SCAN Fact sheets. I want to ensure that I give age appropriate advice. Can you verify what the cut off ages for the Child/Teen Hydration sheets are? I assume child is up to age 12? Teen of course covers 13-18? Thank you!

    April Parsells, RDN


    Amy Roark replied:

    Posted: 10/10/2013 8:01:34 PM

    Hi April,

    I am sorry to say that I am not the person who could give you that answer.  You are probably assuming correctly, but I could not say for sure as I was not part of developing these fact sheets.

    Best of Luck,

    Amy Roark

  • I'm a 115 lb female training for a triathlon (May 15). Unsure about my nutrition - every article says something different.  I live in Braselton - do you have an office nearby?  What kind of services do you offer?


    Amy Roark replied:

    Posted: 3/23/2011 7:44:08 AM

    Hi Julie,

    I know all the nutrition information out there can get confusing.  I would love to help you.  My office is in Gainesville at the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic.  For sports nutrition, I primarily do one on one counseling.  I also offer grocery store tours.  You could give my assistant, Amber, a call to discuss further.  Her number is 770-297-4967.  I look forward to meeting you.

    In Health,

    Amy Roark RD, CSSD, LD, CDE