What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a nutritionist?
This is a great question! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is the title for a credentialed, licensed nutrition expert who completes a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nutrition. An RDN is also required to complete 1200 hours of supervised practice, pass a national board exam and acquire continuing education credits throughout their career. You can trust that an RDN has thorough education and training. I have a masters degree in dietetics, published research through my graduate thesis and an additional certification as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner.
On the other hand, the title “nutritionist” is not a licensed designation. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, an online nutritionist, or a nutrition coach without the specific education and training outlined above. All dietitians can be called nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
How can you benefit from working with a dietitian?
Dietitians have the time and expertise to guide you on diet and food choices. We are highly trained to assess your needs to ensure high quality nutrition care to patients. Our training using the Nutrition Care Process model includes the Nutrition Assessment, Nutrition Diagnosis, Nutrition Intervention and Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation. We provide the best available evidence and clinical experiences available. I am an asset to your healthcare team and should compliment your care.
What can you expect when working with an integrative RDN?
Diet impacts your body system and its process. Diet can be an integral part to producing long-lasting and far reaching effects throughout your body. An integrative dietitian practices a personalized approach to diet, lifestyle, health, wellness and healing. We are interested in root causes and getting to the bottom of issues as much as is possible within our scope of practice. I will listen to you, make suggestions and offer guidance on how you can manage your food choices so you can achieve optimal wellness.
Do you take insurance?
Yes I am credentialed with several insurance companies to provide medical nutrition therapy. I will call the insurance company to verify your nutrition services coverage. I would need a photo of your insurance card along with your date of birth to verify you. The insurance company will let me know your coverage for telehealth services and if there is any copay involved.
How would I pay for sessions or for copays?
Copays or cash pay can be collected through credit card or through PayPal.
Where do the nutrition meetings take place?
I am currently seeing clients through telehealth visits only. I use a HIPPA compliant video platform that is secure and private. We can connect using a computer or mobile device, such as a phone or tablet, for the sessions. If you have insurance coverage, using telehealth video is required for compensation versus just using a telephone.
How long are the sessions?
Typically the first visit is 75-90 minutes and the follow up visits are 30-60 minutes.