Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist?
Registered Dietitian (RD), also known as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is nutrition professional who has completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nutrition or dietetics at an accredited university, completed a dietetic internship (at least 1,200 hours of supervised internship hours) and has passed the national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist board exam. After becoming a RDN, they must complete ongoing professional continuing education to maintain their credentials. RDs or RDNs are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.
The term “nutritionist” by itself is not regulated and third-party verification of qualifications, education and experience that is part of the licensure process is not conducted. RDs or RDNs can call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists can call themselves RDNs.
I’ve never worked with a RD before. How do I know if it’s right for me?
Many people are unfamiliar with what RDs do. We are the most trusted, trained and qualified nutrition professionals in the health care system. Nutrition is a science and we are constantly re-evaluating our practice to provide the most up-to-date, science-backed care. We’re just really interested in helping individuals have a balanced and healthy diet to live their lives to their fullest potential.
Most people think that dietitians are the food police, and we’re really not. I love veggies, fruits, probiotics, whole grains, and fish, but I also really enjoy froyo, pizza and birthday cake (did I mention really?) Being healthy is what I preach and it’s part of my lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to fit in some dessert sometimes!
If you’re still not sure if working with a dietitian is right for you, I invite you to contact me so we can explore whether nutrition coaching can meet your needs.
Is seeing a RD worth it?
Trying to navigate the nutrition world on your own can be overwhelming. There’s so much information out there and depending where you look, some of the information could be inaccurate. Sometimes to reach your health goals, you need a personalized approach from a qualified nutrition professional who can give you clarity on what your body needs. It will be the best investment that you can make in yourself.
What can I expect from my first visit?
During this 75-minutes session, we will complete a comprehensive assessment to really get to know you! We will discuss your goals and work together to comprehensively evaluate factors that affect or may be underlying causes to current unhealthy diet and lifestyle, such as environment, exercise, stress, sleep, medications and more. This assessment allows us to develop a specific plan with personalized eating guidelines for you so you can immediately get started working on your goals.
How many follow up sessions will I need?
Follow-up sessions are a crucial part of nutrition coaching because they allow for ongoing support, education and tips to help you stay consistent and on track. We can address questions, or make further assessments and adjust goals as needed.
The number of follow up sessions depends on your needs and goals. It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know in one session, and it takes time to change your eating habits and your health. People who have the best results typically come for several follow up visits after the initial assessment.
What kind of clients do you work with?
I work with a variety of clients from all age groups. Therapy types include weight management, medical condition management, wellness/stress management and general nutrition education. Prior to your visit I will ask that you provide some information on your reason for visiting, amongst other questions that will help me better prepare for our session together.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
Do you take insurance?
I’m an out of network provider, I do not accept insurance at this time.
I’m ready to get started. What should I do first?
Great! Fill out this consultation form so that we can schedule a phone call together.
Feel free to contact me if you have more questions