Q: Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist?
A: Yes, a big difference. A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health care professional. In addition to being the most reliable source of nutrition information, they are trained to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) – the use of diet to prevent and control disease. An RD needs at least a 4-year bachelors degree from an accredited university, 1200 internship hours of supervised practice, to pass the national registration exam, and to take continuing education credits to remain up-to-date with research. RD is a professionally recognized title. You may not call yourself a Registered Dietitian without credentials.
A nutritionist may be a Registered Dietitian, or someone who has read a diet book, taken a 6-week internet course, likes to cook, works as a personal trainer, bought a degree online, or just sells supplements. Being a nutritionist requires no particular education or oversight.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: If your insurance company covers visits to a Registered Dietitian, I can provide you with a Superbill which you can submit for reimbursement. This can also be used if you're a participant in a pre-tax Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
Q: Do you sell supplements or meal replacement products?
A: No. All meal plans are custom designed to use real food that you can buy in your local grocery store. The need for supplements is very individual, and can only be determined after a full nutritional assessment. I never benefit from the sales of any of the foods or products that I recommend.
Q: Is my visit confidential?
A: Yes. With your permission, I will send information to your doctor so we can work as a team to improve your health.
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