Frequently Asked Questions
A registered dietitian (RD) is an expert in the field of nutrition. All RDs must complete the following:
- At least a bachelor’s degree in a nutrition-related field. About 50% of RDs have advanced degrees (Masters or higher)
- 900+ hours of supervised nutrition practice through an accredited internship
- Pass a standardized national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- Complete 75+ hours of continuing education every 5 years to maintain registration
An initial consult typically lasts 90 minutes. Information discussed will vary depending on the reason for the visit (management of chronic disease vs. weight management vs. family wellness) but may include assessment of: past medical history, food journals of typical eating, laboratory values, food/drug interactions, eating styles/environments, food preferences, calorie/protein/fluid needs and supplement use. Of course, your goals and concerns will be discussed and an initial plan of action will be determined.
Typically more than one visit is required to reap the full benefit of nutrition counseling, however, the number of visits is ultimately up to you. A plan for follow up meetings will be discussed after your initial visit/assessment. An average of 3-4 visits is usually recommended. We may connect weekly for a couple weeks and then every 2-6 weeks depending on your progress and individual goals. Follow up visits range from 30-60 minutes in length.
I recommend that we meet in person, if possible, for at least the initial consultation. I am available for visits over the phone or via e-mail if this better fits your schedule.
I accept only direct payment by cash, check or money order at the time of the visit. Some insurance companies will cover limited nutrition services. I can provide you with a superbill if you desire to attempt reimbursement. Keep in mind that nutrition counseling by a registered dietitian is typically reimbursable through health savings accounts or flexible spending plans.
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