Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Nutritionist?
Absolutely!  In short, all Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are RDNs.  Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (or Registered Dietitians) have all earned a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, completed a one-year dietetic internship program, passed the national registration exam, and maintain continuing education credits to keep certification current.  RDN is a legal title and most states also require additional licensure or certification.  A nutritionist is an unregulated title.  Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist – even that personal trainer whom has taken one online nutrition course.  Everyone has nutrition advice to share nowadays, and while some is accurate, there is a lot of misinformation there too.  Make sure RDNs are your go-to for all food and nutrition advice and education!
With so much nutrition info online, is a RDN worth the investment?

If you are serious about making positive nutrition changes using science-based information, then yes!  I’m not here to sell you any product, shake, or supplement.  I offer nutrition counseling to provide education, assistance with change, support through change, and guidance as you create a long-lasting habit into your new healthier lifestyle.  I also offering meal planning and recipe guides for individuals as an upgrade.  Throughout our sessions together, we address the why and the how of healthy eating so that you can build your own strong foundation of nutrition and health information for long-term success.

What is Healthie?
Healthie is a HIPAA-compliant tool which allows you to easily communicate with your RDN, track your meals with food photo journaling, take progress selfies, book your appointments, and even video chat – all directly from your phone.  I use Healthie as a self-monitoring tool and messaging platform with all my virtual nutrition counseling clients as a safe and fun way to stay connected between weekly appointments.
Will my personal information be protected?
One of the reasons I chose to use Healthie for my practice is that it is HIPAA-compliant and allows all my clients to create their own private and secured account.  Each client’s account is used for all communications, video conferencing and messaging instead of texts, emails, and Skype that are not HIPAA-compliant.
Why should I commit to a monthly nutrition counseling package?
Behavior change doesn’t happen overnight.  You may learn helpful information in one session, but you may not be able to retain and successfully implement everything.  Behavior change takes commitment, support, and accountability in order to create a new habit.  With a 1-, 3-, or 6-month virtual nutrition counseling package, you will receive weekly calls, messaging, food journaling support, and feedback from your RDN through the Healthie app.  This process allows for faster and easier behavior change.  There is more value tied to an ongoing package than a one-time session.
Since I’ll only be receiving nutrition counseling via video or phone, will the quality of care be the same as in person?
Definitely!  Actually, research has shown improved care through virtual counseling when compared to standard, in-person appointments due to:

  1. Convenience – You can conduct a nutrition session during your lunchbreak at work, while on-the-go, or from home on your couch through your phone or computer! An innovative solution for busy individuals!
  2. Flexibility – Since appointments can easily be conducted, it allows individuals to schedule at a variety of times that would work during the day. This leads to decreased cancellations for excuses like bad weather, late workdays, or being too tired!  You can get your sessions in at a time that works for you without having to factor in travel time to and from appointments.
  3. More Engagement – With the flexibility of scheduling, it is easy to have weekly meetings and check-ins without putting a huge burden on your personal life. The frequent interactions lead to better and quicker outcomes due to accountability and continued support.
  4. Longer Retention – Through virtual nutrition counseling, clients have an improved experience and increased satisfaction due to the continued attention and care given not only during the session but in between sessions.
Do You Accept Insurance?

I do not accept insurance, however, I’m happy to provide you with a Superbill if you’d like to submit a healthcare claim for reimbursement on your own.  Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee you will receive reimbursement from your insurance company.  Payment for nutrition counseling is due in full prior to your first appointment.  If your insurance company denies coverage, you would be financially responsible for all payments.

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