MortonServices and Clinical Centers

Nutrition Services

The nutrition services department plays a critical role in the health and well-being of patients. Nutritionists visit with patients, plan their diets and follow up to make sure plans are being followed. They are dedicated to promoting healthy eating habits, which is why they offer a nutritious menu to patients, visitors and staff on a daily basis.

Nutrition Counseling

The foods you eat can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. Outpatient nutrition services at Morton Hospital can help you choose healthy foods for your self and your family. We work closely with your physician and other health care providers to develop a personalized nutrition care plan for you.

Our Team: 

Rachel Pelisson MS, RD, CSP, CNSC, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager
Rachel Pelisson received her bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Connecticut. She then obtained her master's degree in nutrition from New York University. Pelisson's past experience includes working in pediatric and bariatric nutrition in the greater Philadelphia area.

Melissa Doughtie, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian
Melissa Doughtie received her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition at Framingham State College. Prior to working at Morton Hospital, Doughtie worked at Carney Hospital as a patient services manager and clinical dietitian. She is enthusiastic about educating and motivating clients, and enjoys helping them reach their goals that result from healthy lifestyle changes.

Services Offered

Our team has expertise in all aspects of nutrition, including:

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Gastric bariatric surgery
  • Heart disease
  • Elevated cholesterol/triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Celiac disease/Gluten free diet
  • Food allergies
  • Cancer
  • Enteral nutrition/tube feedings
  • Kidney (renal) disease
  • Nutrition for pregnant/breastfeeding women
  • Nutrition for infants and children

All patients must have a physician referral and insurance referral before booking appointments. Referrals must be faxed to the nutrition department prior to appointment. Appointments are booked through central outpatient scheduling at 508-828-7690. Patients should call their insurance providers to learn about their benefits and what services their insurance will cover. 


Nutrition Services
Morton Hospital
88 Washington Street, Taunton
Ground Floor - Across from Chapel           

Outpatient Counseling Hours
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Schedule an appointment
Note: All patients must have a physician referral and insurance referral before booking appointments.

Tips for Shopping at the Farmer's Market:

Farmer's Markets offer freshly picked seasonal produce that is at its peak in flavor and nutrition.  They can also be a great family activity - encouraging kids to try new foods and get involved in healthy meal planning.  To get the most out of your Farmer's Market, follow these tips:

  • Arrive early to get the freshest produce and best selection
  • Bring a cooler so you can keep heat sensitive foods fresh
  • Take a quick lap around the market; see what is available before you begin making your selections
  • Bring a list of ingredients needed for your weekly menu, but allow for spontaneity depending on selections 

Try this healthy and delicious Balsamic Zucchini and Pepper Salad recipe featuring ingredients you may see at your local Farmer's Market!



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