Nutritionists and Dietitians near Paradise Valley, AZ

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Alyssa Simpson
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CGN, CLT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Are your stomach issues controlling your life? Perhaps you have been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or SIBO, or given no diagnosis at all. Have you tried probiotics and other natural remedies, but nothing has worked? And after countless doctor visits and google searches, you’re frustrated and discouraged? I get it. I’ve been there, as have so many of my clients. I'm Alyssa Simpson, a Functional Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Gastrointestinal Nutritionist specializing in digestive issues. I’m dedicated to resolving the root cause of your troubling symptoms — not just giving you a temporary fix.
Are your stomach issues controlling your life? Perhaps you have been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or SIBO, or given no diagnosis at all. Have you tried probiotics and other natural remedies, but nothing has worked? And after countless doctor visits and google searches, you’re frustrated and discouraged? I get it. I’ve been there, as have so many of my clients. I'm Alyssa Simpson, a Functional Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Gastrointestinal Nutritionist specializing in digestive issues. I’m dedicated to resolving the root cause of your troubling symptoms — not just giving you a temporary fix.
(480) 845-0501 View (480) 845-0501
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Phoenix Nutrition Response Testing
Nutritionist/Dietitian, DC, CCN, DACBN
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I invite you to my Phoenix Nutrition Response Testing Clinic. Here are a partial list of conditions we routinely address and conquer: Weight Control, Fatigue, Stress, Depression, Acid reflux, ADHD, Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Bloating, blood pressure, Candida, High cholesterol, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food sensitivities, Headaches and migraines, Heart conditions, IBS/IBD, Infertility, Menopause and PMS, Multiple sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Skin/hair/nail issues, Tremors, And many others.
I invite you to my Phoenix Nutrition Response Testing Clinic. Here are a partial list of conditions we routinely address and conquer: Weight Control, Fatigue, Stress, Depression, Acid reflux, ADHD, Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Bloating, blood pressure, Candida, High cholesterol, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, Constipation, Diarrhea, Food sensitivities, Headaches and migraines, Heart conditions, IBS/IBD, Infertility, Menopause and PMS, Multiple sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Skin/hair/nail issues, Tremors, And many others.
(602) 374-2762 View (602) 374-2762
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Stephanie Paver
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85028
If you've been living for years with PCOS, and you've tried everything to control your symptoms, get your period back, and get pregnant but remain frustrated by the lack of results, I want you to know there’s a better way! There are solutions beyond birth control, metformin, fertility treatment, strict diets, and aggressive exercise. If you're looking for a healthcare provider who really knows PCOS and who will customize a plan specific to your needs, I would love to partner with you! I offer a safe space, compassionate care, education, sustainable modifications, and non-pharmaceutical solutions to help you take charge of your PCOS.
If you've been living for years with PCOS, and you've tried everything to control your symptoms, get your period back, and get pregnant but remain frustrated by the lack of results, I want you to know there’s a better way! There are solutions beyond birth control, metformin, fertility treatment, strict diets, and aggressive exercise. If you're looking for a healthcare provider who really knows PCOS and who will customize a plan specific to your needs, I would love to partner with you! I offer a safe space, compassionate care, education, sustainable modifications, and non-pharmaceutical solutions to help you take charge of your PCOS.
(602) 313-1838 View (602) 313-1838
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Summer Iwerks
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LD/N
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I specialize in treating the full spectrum of eating disorders in both adults and adolescents. I began my work at the residential treatment level of care working with both adult and adolescent eating disorder patients. I then widened my experience and furthered my skills by working in the outpatient setting. I again worked with adolescents and adults both with eating disorders and other medical conditions requiring medical nutrition therapy. Since that time I have worked as the lead dietitian at the residential treatment level of care treating adolescents with severe eating disorders.
I specialize in treating the full spectrum of eating disorders in both adults and adolescents. I began my work at the residential treatment level of care working with both adult and adolescent eating disorder patients. I then widened my experience and furthered my skills by working in the outpatient setting. I again worked with adolescents and adults both with eating disorders and other medical conditions requiring medical nutrition therapy. Since that time I have worked as the lead dietitian at the residential treatment level of care treating adolescents with severe eating disorders.
(480) 685-8595 View (480) 685-8595
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April Vetrano
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Hello and welcome to my page! My name is April Vetrano - I am a registered dietitian with a strong passion for helping people reach their health goals. I empower my clients to reach their health goals in a sustainable manner by helping them regain control, create sustainable change and develop a positive relationship with food. You won't find any crazy fad diets here and you definitely won't find me asking you to eat a crazy low number of calories. Nutrition is about being sustainable and developing health longevity. I not only want you to reach your health goals, but I want you to keep them.
Hello and welcome to my page! My name is April Vetrano - I am a registered dietitian with a strong passion for helping people reach their health goals. I empower my clients to reach their health goals in a sustainable manner by helping them regain control, create sustainable change and develop a positive relationship with food. You won't find any crazy fad diets here and you definitely won't find me asking you to eat a crazy low number of calories. Nutrition is about being sustainable and developing health longevity. I not only want you to reach your health goals, but I want you to keep them.
(520) 655-6181 View (520) 655-6181
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Theresa Munkvold
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
You know how eating can be so confusing because maybe you have dieted for most of your life and you don't know how or what or how much to eat? Maybe you fear food or gaining weight and nutrition in the media makes it MORE confusing. I can help you eat with confidence and freedom and move on to live your life! Or you are confused because you have gut issues and everything you eat causes pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea? For clients with chronic digestive/health issues, I use functional testing that provides a targeted roadmap to return you to your optimal health. Contact me today!
You know how eating can be so confusing because maybe you have dieted for most of your life and you don't know how or what or how much to eat? Maybe you fear food or gaining weight and nutrition in the media makes it MORE confusing. I can help you eat with confidence and freedom and move on to live your life! Or you are confused because you have gut issues and everything you eat causes pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea? For clients with chronic digestive/health issues, I use functional testing that provides a targeted roadmap to return you to your optimal health. Contact me today!
(515) 212-7546 View (515) 212-7546
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Kristine Sinner
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LD/N, CEDS-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
I am a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian Supervisor (CEDS-S) with 30+ years of exclusive eating disorder experience. I have treated thousands working at every level of care since 1995. In 2018, I opened my own outpatient practice specifically to offer alternative treatment solutions to the typical care that is available. I offer individualized "out of the box" evidence based medical nutrition therapies and treatment plans. I carefully combine emotional, cognitive and behavioral therapeutic strategies that best apply to each individual and coordinate your care with a team to help you get the right care not just the typical care.
I am a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian Supervisor (CEDS-S) with 30+ years of exclusive eating disorder experience. I have treated thousands working at every level of care since 1995. In 2018, I opened my own outpatient practice specifically to offer alternative treatment solutions to the typical care that is available. I offer individualized "out of the box" evidence based medical nutrition therapies and treatment plans. I carefully combine emotional, cognitive and behavioral therapeutic strategies that best apply to each individual and coordinate your care with a team to help you get the right care not just the typical care.
(480) 571-4973 View (480) 571-4973
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Jade Tyler
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
As a dietitian, Jade enjoys helping people identify the negative beliefs, emotions, and/or associations they have surrounding food, their weight, and their body, and then using nutritional interventions to respectfully and effectively guide them towards a healthy and loving relationship with food and their body. With a passion for offering individualized nutritional support, she is committed to helping each of her beloved clients by teaching the principles of Intuitive Eating, challenging thoughts and behaviors associated with chronic dieting, and working with people pre- and post-bariatric surgery.
As a dietitian, Jade enjoys helping people identify the negative beliefs, emotions, and/or associations they have surrounding food, their weight, and their body, and then using nutritional interventions to respectfully and effectively guide them towards a healthy and loving relationship with food and their body. With a passion for offering individualized nutritional support, she is committed to helping each of her beloved clients by teaching the principles of Intuitive Eating, challenging thoughts and behaviors associated with chronic dieting, and working with people pre- and post-bariatric surgery.
(480) 426-8613 View (480) 426-8613
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Kelli Shallal
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RD, CPT
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Confused by the massive amount of information out there? Want to know what to do to improve your health but aren't sure where to start? You just know you need to do something and you're ready to take the leap but, into what? Keto? Paleo? A meal plan? A coach? Maybe you should count your macros? Or maybe you need a better relationship with food. Not every technique is right for every person, that's why cookie-cutter programs don't work, or if they do you end up gaining weight back. Or, if you have an inflammation-related condition(s) - that's why your symptoms don't fully improve or end up coming back.
Confused by the massive amount of information out there? Want to know what to do to improve your health but aren't sure where to start? You just know you need to do something and you're ready to take the leap but, into what? Keto? Paleo? A meal plan? A coach? Maybe you should count your macros? Or maybe you need a better relationship with food. Not every technique is right for every person, that's why cookie-cutter programs don't work, or if they do you end up gaining weight back. Or, if you have an inflammation-related condition(s) - that's why your symptoms don't fully improve or end up coming back.
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AZ Dietitians
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
At AZ Dietitians, we believe that there should be balance in all things including the way we eat. We at AZ Dietitians can help you learn how to navigate healthy eating by utilizing evidenced based research to recommend a treatment just right for you. Because there is not a one size fits all approach, we take into account your lifestyle, labs, food preferences, health risk factors, and other factors. We know change is hard and we can give you the tools and support you need to be successful.
At AZ Dietitians, we believe that there should be balance in all things including the way we eat. We at AZ Dietitians can help you learn how to navigate healthy eating by utilizing evidenced based research to recommend a treatment just right for you. Because there is not a one size fits all approach, we take into account your lifestyle, labs, food preferences, health risk factors, and other factors. We know change is hard and we can give you the tools and support you need to be successful.
(480) 771-9279 View (480) 771-9279
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Deanne Wilson
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
I have been a Registered Dietitian for 17 years specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. I help people change their relationship with food and exercise while promoting positive body image. In addition to providing nutrition education on normal eating, I also address the thoughts and feelings around food. I promote a non-diet approach to health in which all foods can fit into the diet. The goal is for you to develop a positive and healthy relationship with food and your body.
I have been a Registered Dietitian for 17 years specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. I help people change their relationship with food and exercise while promoting positive body image. In addition to providing nutrition education on normal eating, I also address the thoughts and feelings around food. I promote a non-diet approach to health in which all foods can fit into the diet. The goal is for you to develop a positive and healthy relationship with food and your body.
(602) 492-6197 View (602) 492-6197
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HMD Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CSSD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
My name is Heather M. Duquette-Wolf and I am the owner of HMD Nutrition. I have been in practice since 1999. I started out in medical nutrition therapy (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol...) and have expanded my areas of expertise to intestinal disorders, inflammatory disease and exercise nutrition. I have the utmost confidence that with my style of education and your motivation that we can eliminate most of your health issues, not just manage your weight! You will not be on a diet or feel deprived, I will teach you how to understand food and how it reacts in YOUR body.
My name is Heather M. Duquette-Wolf and I am the owner of HMD Nutrition. I have been in practice since 1999. I started out in medical nutrition therapy (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol...) and have expanded my areas of expertise to intestinal disorders, inflammatory disease and exercise nutrition. I have the utmost confidence that with my style of education and your motivation that we can eliminate most of your health issues, not just manage your weight! You will not be on a diet or feel deprived, I will teach you how to understand food and how it reacts in YOUR body.
(480) 788-0939 View (480) 788-0939
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Adrienne DePaul
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85018
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft helping clients whom have PCOS, interests in Pre/PostPartum nutrition, Gestational Diabetes, Diabetes, or Weight Management. I help clients to craft personalized, attainable, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle changes that support their health. By collaboratively designing small, impactful steps that preserve quality of life and promote personal choice, I help my clients achieve their goals from better blood sugar control to increased energy.
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft helping clients whom have PCOS, interests in Pre/PostPartum nutrition, Gestational Diabetes, Diabetes, or Weight Management. I help clients to craft personalized, attainable, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle changes that support their health. By collaboratively designing small, impactful steps that preserve quality of life and promote personal choice, I help my clients achieve their goals from better blood sugar control to increased energy.
(312) 517-2296 View (312) 517-2296
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Kristine Sinner
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LD/N, CEDS-S
Not Verified Not Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
I am a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian Supervisor (CEDS-S) with 30+ years of exclusive eating disorder experience. I have treated thousands working at every level of care since 1995. In 2018, I opened my own outpatient practice specifically to offer alternative treatment solutions to the typical care that is available. I offer individualized "out of the box" evidence based medical nutrition therapies and treatment plans. I carefully combine emotional, cognitive and behavioral therapeutic strategies that best apply to each individual and coordinate your care with a team to help you get the right care not just the typical care.
I am a Certified Eating Disorders Dietitian Supervisor (CEDS-S) with 30+ years of exclusive eating disorder experience. I have treated thousands working at every level of care since 1995. In 2018, I opened my own outpatient practice specifically to offer alternative treatment solutions to the typical care that is available. I offer individualized "out of the box" evidence based medical nutrition therapies and treatment plans. I carefully combine emotional, cognitive and behavioral therapeutic strategies that best apply to each individual and coordinate your care with a team to help you get the right care not just the typical care.
(480) 210-5520 View (480) 210-5520
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Journey Nutrition Counseling
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RDN
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
At Journey Nutrition Counseling we deeply understand that your relationship with food and your body is much more than calorie formulas and scientific facts. Without exploring our relationship with food, facts can leave us feeling more confused and overwhelmed. At Journey we provide nutrition education based on your needs, but you will also find a safe space to identify any mental or emotional aspects of eating that may be holding you back from the life you want.
At Journey Nutrition Counseling we deeply understand that your relationship with food and your body is much more than calorie formulas and scientific facts. Without exploring our relationship with food, facts can leave us feeling more confused and overwhelmed. At Journey we provide nutrition education based on your needs, but you will also find a safe space to identify any mental or emotional aspects of eating that may be holding you back from the life you want.
(248) 780-0374 View (248) 780-0374
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Caitlyn Fergerson
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, MEd, LDN
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Would you like help working on your relationship with food and your relationship with your body? There are so many confusing nutrition messages out there and no single plan works for every person. If you're looking for a dietitian with varied experience and a nonjudgemental approach, I would love to talk with you. With a whole-person approach, I meet people where they're at and help them set reasonable, attainable wellness goals. I use a non-diet, trauma-informed approach with HAES (Health at Every Size) alignment and Intuitive Eating at the forefront.
Would you like help working on your relationship with food and your relationship with your body? There are so many confusing nutrition messages out there and no single plan works for every person. If you're looking for a dietitian with varied experience and a nonjudgemental approach, I would love to talk with you. With a whole-person approach, I meet people where they're at and help them set reasonable, attainable wellness goals. I use a non-diet, trauma-informed approach with HAES (Health at Every Size) alignment and Intuitive Eating at the forefront.
(520) 595-4179 View (520) 595-4179
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Pam Wagner
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CDCES, LD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I personalize your Nutrition experience - and provide the expertise you're looking for. Offering both in-person and tele-health visits, your personal dietitian is just a click away. Specializing in Pre-diabetes and Diabetes. Want to feel better, stronger and live more fully? Do you have a health goal to achieve? I can help! I use the latest technology and science to help you achieve lifelong results. No products or supplements to buy - you are contracting a professional dietitian who will build a personal program just for you.
I personalize your Nutrition experience - and provide the expertise you're looking for. Offering both in-person and tele-health visits, your personal dietitian is just a click away. Specializing in Pre-diabetes and Diabetes. Want to feel better, stronger and live more fully? Do you have a health goal to achieve? I can help! I use the latest technology and science to help you achieve lifelong results. No products or supplements to buy - you are contracting a professional dietitian who will build a personal program just for you.
(702) 904-8551 View (702) 904-8551
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Crystal C Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CDCES
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250  (Online Only)
I understand that life can become quite hectic, making it challenging to prioritize your health and wellbeing. If you find yourself in need of assistance in achieving your health goals, managing your meal times, or fueling your busy lifestyle, I am here to offer my expertise. Working with me comes with several benefits, including motivational interviewing, personalized meal plans, and a comprehensive understanding of how nutrition impacts our bodies.
I understand that life can become quite hectic, making it challenging to prioritize your health and wellbeing. If you find yourself in need of assistance in achieving your health goals, managing your meal times, or fueling your busy lifestyle, I am here to offer my expertise. Working with me comes with several benefits, including motivational interviewing, personalized meal plans, and a comprehensive understanding of how nutrition impacts our bodies.
(805) 330-3884 View (805) 330-3884
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Back On Track Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MDA, RDN
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Are you thinking about getting bariatric surgery or have you already had bariatric surgery? Then I am the Dietitian for you! I have been in practice since 2014 and worked with over 10 bariatric surgeons in the phoenix metro area. I have extensive training in bariatrics, weight management, diabetes and binge eating disorder. I focus on creating a custom wellness plan that works for YOU. Let me help you get back on track!
Are you thinking about getting bariatric surgery or have you already had bariatric surgery? Then I am the Dietitian for you! I have been in practice since 2014 and worked with over 10 bariatric surgeons in the phoenix metro area. I have extensive training in bariatrics, weight management, diabetes and binge eating disorder. I focus on creating a custom wellness plan that works for YOU. Let me help you get back on track!
(480) 780-2917 View (480) 780-2917
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Educated Bites
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Are you over the diet plan that hasn't been sustainable? Is your child/teen struggling with their body image and relationship with food? Are you concerned about your picky eater's growth and development? No matter your stage in life, navigating your relationship with food and your body can be overwhelming. Diet culture and social media fills the eyes and ears of all ages with fear-mongering comments about how our bodies should look and which foods we should choose to eat, negatively influencing one's body confidence and overall mental and physical health.
Are you over the diet plan that hasn't been sustainable? Is your child/teen struggling with their body image and relationship with food? Are you concerned about your picky eater's growth and development? No matter your stage in life, navigating your relationship with food and your body can be overwhelming. Diet culture and social media fills the eyes and ears of all ages with fear-mongering comments about how our bodies should look and which foods we should choose to eat, negatively influencing one's body confidence and overall mental and physical health.
(480) 386-6090 View (480) 386-6090
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Paradise Valley?

To find dietitians and nutritionists near you, input your city, town, suburb, zip code, or a provider's name in the search bar at the top of the page. From there, you can filter by specialty, treatment technique, and gender to find a dietitian or nutritionist who matches your needs.

When you visit a dietitian or nutritionist's profile, you can get a better idea if they're the right fit for you. Consider things like session cost, accepted insurance plans, and their location or telehealth options. If someone seems like a good match, you can email them or call the number on their profile. When speaking with a professional, pay attention to whether or not you feel comfortable in the conversation and how knowledgeable they are about your specific nutrition concerns. It may also be helpful to ask more about their general approach to nutrition and the training behind their credentials.

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

The terms dietitian and nutritionist are often used interchangeably. However, there are actually key credential differences between dietitians and nutritionists that are important to keep in mind when seeking a nutrition professional.

A registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has earned at least a graduate degree from an accredited program, completed a supervised practice program, passed the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam, and continues their education regularly. The RD and RDN credentials are regulated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest nutrition-related organization in the country. Only professionals who meet their standards can call themselves an RD or RDN and enjoy privileges like billing insurance. Additionally, RDs and RDNs can get board certifications in specialized areas such as gerontological nutrition (CSG), sports dietetics (CSSD), pediatric nutrition (CSP), renal nutrition (CSR), or oncology nutrition (CSO). They also need state licensure, which usually aligns with national requirements.

In contrast, the title "nutritionist" doesn't require any formal education or credentials; anyone can use the title of nutritionist, including those with very limited or no formal training in nutrition. Although there are certification programs that are marketed toward those interested in nutrition counseling, the rigor and academic requirements for such programs varies greatly. These important differences between dietitians and nutritionists are thus very important to consider when choosing the right nutrition professional for your needs. To be listed in the HealthProfs directory, Nutritionists must have a minimum of a Masters Degree in a relevant field.

When should I see a dietitian or a nutritionist?

Clients seek nutritional support from dietitians and nutritionists for various reasons, ranging from medical conditions to lifestyle concerns like weight loss or dietary requirements; however, it's always important to find a professional who is a good fit for you. Consider factors such as insurance coverage, your specific medical or dietary concerns, and the availability of professionals near you to determine whether a dietitian or nutritionist may be a better fit.

Generally, nutritionists are not covered by insurance, whereas Registered Dietitians (RDs) often are, especially for those with medical conditions. If you have a chronic medical condition like cancer or kidney disease, you might want to seek out an RD with specialized expertise, such as a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) or a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR). These credentials indicate advanced education and a commitment to ongoing learning within a specific area. Additionally, consider the availability of professionals in your area and their openness to telehealth sessions. While the field of dietetics is growing, there may not always be a wide selection of professionals, especially in rural areas. In such cases, focusing on the experience and expertise of the nutrition professional can be more important than their specific credentials.

Do I need a referral to see a dietitian or a nutritionist?

A referral is not required to see a dietitian or nutritionist, and many individuals independently seek nutritional support without prior medical advice. However, for a nutrition service to be covered by insurance, a referral from a primary care physician or another medical professional may be necessary. In such cases, a referral is typically made for those who have been formally diagnosed with a medical condition requiring nutrition counseling, such as diabetes or hypertension. If insurance coverage is critical to a client's ability to see a dietitian, they should contact their insurance provider to determine if a referral is needed for nutritional counseling and to understand any potential co-pays or coverage limits that may apply in their individual circumstance.

How much does it cost to see a dietitian or a nutritionist?

The cost of seeing a dietitian or nutritionist depends on a number of variables, including their location, their specialty, whether they take insurance, and the professional's experience and training. On average, the cost of out-of-pocket sessions with a dietitian or nutritionist within the United States ranges from $50-$150. In some cases, nutrition professionals will require a longer initial evaluation session that will cost more than ongoing follow-up sessions. Dietitians and nutritionists may also offer packages for clients interested in longer-term nutritional support; in such cases, they may charge monthly or other periodic fees for more comprehensive services, such as a combination of nutrition sessions and out-of-session coaching support. If nutrition services are covered by a client's insurance plan and they are eligible for coverage based on any referral requirements, the out-of-pocket cost of seeing a dietitian may be completely covered or significantly reduced.

Are consultations with a dietitian or nutritionist covered by insurance?

If your insurance covers nutrition services, the cost is usually lower than paying out-of-pocket. However, insurance coverage can vary based on factors like your specific plan details, whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network provider, and whether you have a referral for nutrition services based on a medical diagnosis.

Coverage also depends on the type of nutrition service. Typically, insurance plans only cover services provided by a licensed Registered Dietitian (RD) and do not cover those offered by nutritionists or nutrition coaches without the RD credential. If nutrition services are not covered by your insurance, some dietitians and nutritionists may offer sliding scale rates or lower-cost services for clients who cannot afford their full fee. However, these spots are often limited and may not always be available.