I have a Doctor of Medicine degree, Master of Science in Technical Management, Master of Science in Chemistry, and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. I have only ever used: MY NAME, MD. I see other physicians using THEIR NAME, MD, MS to include the fact that they have a master’s degree. Which is correct?
I am a holistic health practitioner (HHP), certified aromatherapist (cert aroma), registered aromatherapist (RA), master herbalist (MH), licensed massage therapist (LMT) and esthetician (LE).
Should my name on my business card be (Full Name), HHP, cert aroma, MH, LMT, LE, RA?
Dear KTW & HHP:
Two issues here:
(1) What is pertinent to your clients?
On their business card individuals use just the highest and most pertinent post nominals when presenting their name to the public (clients, peers, licensing agencies, etc.).
E.g., physicians include MD and professional affiliations to define their type of schooling and specialty. Both clarify to the public their credentials to offer their service. They could include another degree/certification such as a Masters in Science in Chemistry when related. But a Masters in Ancient Latin might not be. Both degrees would be on their CV/resume but whether they are used with the name on a business card would depend on the service offered.
(2) Which post-nominals will the public recognize?
When they are yours you are very proud of every one. But a business card is not your CV/resume.
So, when deciding which post nominals to include, you should also ask: are what the post nominals stand for common knowledge?
If they are not, it may be better just to list the services you offer e.g, “Holistic Health Practitioner” “Master Herbalist” “Aromatherapy” and “Licensed Massage Therapist” on your card — and the detailed information on the on your CV/resume.
— Robert Hickey