Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist" even without formal qualifications or experience. Someone who only calls themselves a nutritionist may be practicing without any formal education or any governing body to hold them accountable.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) are nutrition experts and health care providers who have met (at minimum) the following criteria:
Completed at least a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university
Completed an 8-12 month accredited supervised practice program.
Passed a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and maintained active registration status
Regularly complete ethical and professional continuing educational requirements to maintain certification
How much does it cost to see a Registered Dietitian?
We believe access to healthcare is incredibly important and have taken the steps to be in network with most of the major insurance companies. If we are in network with your insurance, we will bill insurance first, and you will only be responsible for your cost share (co-pay, deductible, etc) or non-covered services if you do not have nutrition services benefits.
If we are out-of-network with your insurance provider or if nutrition services are not a covered benefit in your insurance plan, cost for services are:
Initial Assessment (75-90 minutes): $175
Follow-up Appointments (55 minutes): $115
If financial hardship may negatively impact your ability to receive nutrition therapy, then flexible scheduling and, in some cases, reduced rates are available. Please let us know.
Will my health insurance pay for appointments with a RD/RDN?
Our providers are in-network with most major insurance companies: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UMR, and United Healthcare.
Many (but not all) plans offer nutrition benefits to meet with a Registered Dietitian. We recommend you call your insurance ahead of time (and get a reference number) to find out if services are covered. You can use the button at the bottom of the page to access a helpful script for calling your insurance.
Even if we are not in network with your insurance, you may still qualify for out of network services. If your insurance has out-of-network nutrition counseling benefits, you will be provided a document called a "Superbill" that has all the necessary information to submit to your insurance company, which may then reimburse you directly, according to your benefits.
We do all of our billing in house, so if you have more questions about insurance or billing, please feel free to contact our office.
Will you help me lose weight?
We welcome with compassionate, open arms, those who have had a long-standing desire to lose weight. We may refer to ourselves as anti-diet, but we are never "anti-dieters". We understand that we live in a fatphobic world that praises thinness at any and all costs, and yet we recognize the research shows that 95% of diets and intentional weight loss attempts fail the person pursuing them. Research has shown that within 2-5 years, most people gain weight back (often beyond their starting weight) and enter a process of "weight cycling" which is harmful to both physical and mental health.
We've listened to hundreds of clients' experiences of losing and gaining weight and all of the stress, guilt, and shame that follow. We know that countless people have been harmed by baseless and flawed weight loss advice, and we know that intentional weight loss efforts through diet and restriction encourages eating disorder behaviors.
We don't offer weight loss services... but we want to meet you exactly where you are, and if right now, it feels like weight loss is the only way to get to where you want to be, we hope you give us the chance to show you a different way.