Nutritionists and Dietitians near Chula Vista, CA

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Naria Le Mire Nutrition - Virtual Practice
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RD
Verified Verified
Chula Vista, CA 91910  (Online Only)
Are you dealing with stomach pain like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flare-ups? If yes, you've come to the right place! I'm a functional gut health registered dietitian nutritionist. I'm also bilingual (Spanish). Contact me today for a FREE 20-minute discovery call to learn how my 3-step gut restoration process can help you!
Are you dealing with stomach pain like bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flare-ups? If yes, you've come to the right place! I'm a functional gut health registered dietitian nutritionist. I'm also bilingual (Spanish). Contact me today for a FREE 20-minute discovery call to learn how my 3-step gut restoration process can help you!
(619) 329-8251 View (619) 329-8251
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Amy Ornelas
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN
Verified Verified
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Whether you are looking to end your battle with disordered eating, feeling tired and confused by diet culture, wanting to be done with food stress for good, or looking to find a way to finally feel great in your own body... I totally get the struggle. I've been there myself, and I can tell you that it is absolutely possible to go from food anxiety and body hatred to complete food freedom and true body love. Utilizing the same holistic techniques that I've used to help hundreds of clients recover from unhealthy relationships with food & weight, I will help you reclaim your mind-body-food connection in order to feel your very best.
Whether you are looking to end your battle with disordered eating, feeling tired and confused by diet culture, wanting to be done with food stress for good, or looking to find a way to finally feel great in your own body... I totally get the struggle. I've been there myself, and I can tell you that it is absolutely possible to go from food anxiety and body hatred to complete food freedom and true body love. Utilizing the same holistic techniques that I've used to help hundreds of clients recover from unhealthy relationships with food & weight, I will help you reclaim your mind-body-food connection in order to feel your very best.
(619) 344-8603 View (619) 344-8603
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Theresa Carmichael
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN
Verified Verified
La Mesa, CA 91941
My name is Theresa and I am a registered dietitian specializing in the treatment of disordered eating. My passion lies with helping people rebuild peace with food and their bodies. This private practice is a boutique model focusing on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. I wish to guide those struggling with disordered eating to recovery, as recovery is possible!
My name is Theresa and I am a registered dietitian specializing in the treatment of disordered eating. My passion lies with helping people rebuild peace with food and their bodies. This private practice is a boutique model focusing on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. I wish to guide those struggling with disordered eating to recovery, as recovery is possible!
(619) 568-2003 View (619) 568-2003
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Maria Isabel Ramirez
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CN
Verified Verified
Chula Vista, CA 91911
I understand the challenges you might be facing with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease or even obesity, and I want you to know that you're not alone in this journey. Dealing with chronic diseases can be tough, both physically and emotionally. But I'm here to tell you that there is hope, and lifestyle changes can truly make a positive impact on your health and well-being. We approach your health concerns with empathy and understanding. We know that making changes can feel overwhelming, but we're here to support you every step of the way.
I understand the challenges you might be facing with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease or even obesity, and I want you to know that you're not alone in this journey. Dealing with chronic diseases can be tough, both physically and emotionally. But I'm here to tell you that there is hope, and lifestyle changes can truly make a positive impact on your health and well-being. We approach your health concerns with empathy and understanding. We know that making changes can feel overwhelming, but we're here to support you every step of the way.
(951) 904-4027 View (951) 904-4027
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Eat Well Crohn's Colitis
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
La Mesa, CA 91941
Struggling with confusion around what to eat to manage your IBD symptoms? Has this led to a limited diet, weight loss, and/or fatigue? I help my clients implement a highly personalized nutrition plan that brings clarity around which foods to add that may be beneficial, reduces fear and anxiety around eating, reduces inflammation, and ultimately helps them to get their lives back. We can work together to help you live your best life, starting right now.
Struggling with confusion around what to eat to manage your IBD symptoms? Has this led to a limited diet, weight loss, and/or fatigue? I help my clients implement a highly personalized nutrition plan that brings clarity around which foods to add that may be beneficial, reduces fear and anxiety around eating, reduces inflammation, and ultimately helps them to get their lives back. We can work together to help you live your best life, starting right now.
(619) 393-3749 View (619) 393-3749
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Dan Loewensteiner
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, RDN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Welcome to Nutrition For Autism Recovery! I am so glad you found me! My passion as a dietitian is to lead parents with a child on the autism spectrum on the road to heal or "recover" their child through a functional nutrition approach. Many parents see recovery as a goal. I share this goal; however, this is not always seen, no matter the efforts put forth. Parents generally realize this. What we do see, however, is that the approach I take will produce significant improvements in all areas of your child’s autistic behaviors and symptoms! Please, give me a call or email. I’m here for you!
Welcome to Nutrition For Autism Recovery! I am so glad you found me! My passion as a dietitian is to lead parents with a child on the autism spectrum on the road to heal or "recover" their child through a functional nutrition approach. Many parents see recovery as a goal. I share this goal; however, this is not always seen, no matter the efforts put forth. Parents generally realize this. What we do see, however, is that the approach I take will produce significant improvements in all areas of your child’s autistic behaviors and symptoms! Please, give me a call or email. I’m here for you!
(707) 267-2832 View (707) 267-2832
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Ryann Kipping
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CLEC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
I help women who are planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant, or recently postpartum reach optimum health during these extremely important and emotional periods of life. Pregnancy is a time when everyone seems to have a bit of advice for you and when Google may just scare you from becoming pregnant in the first place. I'm here to help you prepare for your pregnancy and navigate you through each stage of growing a tiny human. Through 1-on-1 consulting, we will work together to build confidence in your ability to properly nourish your baby.
I help women who are planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant, or recently postpartum reach optimum health during these extremely important and emotional periods of life. Pregnancy is a time when everyone seems to have a bit of advice for you and when Google may just scare you from becoming pregnant in the first place. I'm here to help you prepare for your pregnancy and navigate you through each stage of growing a tiny human. Through 1-on-1 consulting, we will work together to build confidence in your ability to properly nourish your baby.
(619) 573-4263 View (619) 573-4263
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Begin Again Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
At Begin Again Nutrition the focus is on personalized counseling to ensure that you meet your health goals by choosing new habits that feel good and make sense in your life. We use a non-diet approach to help clients heal their bodies and their relationship with food. Our clients reach their health goals by incorporating evidence-based nutrition and wellness practices into their daily routines. Our clients enjoy the support, accountability, and partnership they gain by working with a counseling professional. Taking better care of oneself naturally leads to improved clinical outcomes and better weight management.
At Begin Again Nutrition the focus is on personalized counseling to ensure that you meet your health goals by choosing new habits that feel good and make sense in your life. We use a non-diet approach to help clients heal their bodies and their relationship with food. Our clients reach their health goals by incorporating evidence-based nutrition and wellness practices into their daily routines. Our clients enjoy the support, accountability, and partnership they gain by working with a counseling professional. Taking better care of oneself naturally leads to improved clinical outcomes and better weight management.
(619) 350-4318 View (619) 350-4318
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Yi Min Teo
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CNSC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused, scared of eating foods due to your digestive disorder diagnosis (IBS, IBD, gastroparesis, new ileostomy/colostomy, etc)? Has this led to a restrictive diet, fatigue, stress and weight loss? I am here to help clients like you to troubleshoot and navigate your digestive issues, empower you through personalized step-by-step strategies to help reduce fear and anxiety around eating, decrease inflammation, and get your peace, energy and confidence back.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused, scared of eating foods due to your digestive disorder diagnosis (IBS, IBD, gastroparesis, new ileostomy/colostomy, etc)? Has this led to a restrictive diet, fatigue, stress and weight loss? I am here to help clients like you to troubleshoot and navigate your digestive issues, empower you through personalized step-by-step strategies to help reduce fear and anxiety around eating, decrease inflammation, and get your peace, energy and confidence back.
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Brittany Bingham
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
Brittany Bingham MS, RD, LD is a dietitian with many years of experience in dietetics and wellness. Brittany earned her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University. After undergrad, she moved back to her hometown to build her nutrition skills through the Sodexo Dietetic Internship with a focus in clinical nutrition while simultaneously completing her MS in Dietetics. If you are looking for ways to change your diet to meet your individual goals while still eating some of the things you love, look no further!
Brittany Bingham MS, RD, LD is a dietitian with many years of experience in dietetics and wellness. Brittany earned her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University. After undergrad, she moved back to her hometown to build her nutrition skills through the Sodexo Dietetic Internship with a focus in clinical nutrition while simultaneously completing her MS in Dietetics. If you are looking for ways to change your diet to meet your individual goals while still eating some of the things you love, look no further!
(630) 538-8917 View (630) 538-8917
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Marla Brodsky
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
I am a Registered dietitian and Integrative and Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFNCP). I have over 25 years experience in both academic and clinical dietetics. I have received the "Outstanding Woman Award" from the City of Chicago for my work as well as being named one of the top 10 dietitians in Chicago by Expertise.com. While traditional medicine treats the body as individual separate organs, as a Functional Medicine dietitian, I view the body as one integrated system.
I am a Registered dietitian and Integrative and Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFNCP). I have over 25 years experience in both academic and clinical dietetics. I have received the "Outstanding Woman Award" from the City of Chicago for my work as well as being named one of the top 10 dietitians in Chicago by Expertise.com. While traditional medicine treats the body as individual separate organs, as a Functional Medicine dietitian, I view the body as one integrated system.
(630) 642-6683 View (630) 642-6683
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Delilah Bisase
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
When I first entered the workforce as a dietitian my life looked picture perfect on the outside, but on the inside my work was so unfulfilling and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it; then intuitive eating and reiki entered my life. What many people don’t realize is that a major component of nutrition is behavior change. Behavior change has nothing to do with the foods you eat, rather it’s all about habits and mindset. Here’s where it gets interesting. Energetic imbalances are at the root of your habits and mindset, and this is why I incorporate intuitive eating and reiki into my work with clients.
When I first entered the workforce as a dietitian my life looked picture perfect on the outside, but on the inside my work was so unfulfilling and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it; then intuitive eating and reiki entered my life. What many people don’t realize is that a major component of nutrition is behavior change. Behavior change has nothing to do with the foods you eat, rather it’s all about habits and mindset. Here’s where it gets interesting. Energetic imbalances are at the root of your habits and mindset, and this is why I incorporate intuitive eating and reiki into my work with clients.
(760) 924-9502 View (760) 924-9502
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Diane Madrigal
Nutritionist/Dietitian, ND, CNC, FDN, MTA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
See www.healthycounsel.com. Diane is a Nutritionist and Naturopath with natural and effective solutions to reverse and prevent chronic health conditions and help reach your health goals (i.e. weight loss, resolve a chronic health condition, improve focus and performance, age well, etc.). Get healthy and stay healthy when you understand the essentials of health along with the root causes of disease and the natural steps to prevent it. In-office visits, telephone consultations & workshops available.
See www.healthycounsel.com. Diane is a Nutritionist and Naturopath with natural and effective solutions to reverse and prevent chronic health conditions and help reach your health goals (i.e. weight loss, resolve a chronic health condition, improve focus and performance, age well, etc.). Get healthy and stay healthy when you understand the essentials of health along with the root causes of disease and the natural steps to prevent it. In-office visits, telephone consultations & workshops available.
(951) 491-0482 View (951) 491-0482
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Elika Imandel
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
My approach is centered on finding balance and nourishing the body in a way that is sustainable, rather than promoting restriction. I consider the emotional, cultural, and spiritual importance of food in people's lives when offering guidance. Good health looks different for everyone, so rather than striving for an unattainable standard, let's work together to challenge distorted beliefs about food and establish healthy habits that support overall well-being.
My approach is centered on finding balance and nourishing the body in a way that is sustainable, rather than promoting restriction. I consider the emotional, cultural, and spiritual importance of food in people's lives when offering guidance. Good health looks different for everyone, so rather than striving for an unattainable standard, let's work together to challenge distorted beliefs about food and establish healthy habits that support overall well-being.
(630) 446-6823 View (630) 446-6823
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Aditi Shah
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MPH
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
Hi there! I'm Aditi, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Nourish By Aditi. I received my Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University, California. My experience encompasses a thriving private practice and serve as an industry consultant for local nursing facilities, various clinical hospitals, and dialysis centers as a senior dietitian. This experience has generated a fortitude and compassion to support my clients' end-to-end health goals. I believe in focusing on the whole person and empowering my clients to be their own health advocates; there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Hi there! I'm Aditi, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Nourish By Aditi. I received my Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University, California. My experience encompasses a thriving private practice and serve as an industry consultant for local nursing facilities, various clinical hospitals, and dialysis centers as a senior dietitian. This experience has generated a fortitude and compassion to support my clients' end-to-end health goals. I believe in focusing on the whole person and empowering my clients to be their own health advocates; there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
(714) 360-0737 View (714) 360-0737
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Ashley Fitzgerald
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, RDN
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I'm a plant-based dietitian and nutritionist, focusing on vegan and vegetarian diets. I have been plant-based and gluten free for over a decade. I offer personalized Zoom consultations, including a free 20-min introductory session. My services range from counseling to creating tailored meal plans, addressing weight management, balanced eating, meal prep, and more. I also cover specialized areas like sports nutrition, digestive health, and various life stages including pregnancy and menopause. For a full list of services, please visit our website's service section. I can take on clients from WA, MD, OH, TX, CA, AZ, and CO.
I'm a plant-based dietitian and nutritionist, focusing on vegan and vegetarian diets. I have been plant-based and gluten free for over a decade. I offer personalized Zoom consultations, including a free 20-min introductory session. My services range from counseling to creating tailored meal plans, addressing weight management, balanced eating, meal prep, and more. I also cover specialized areas like sports nutrition, digestive health, and various life stages including pregnancy and menopause. For a full list of services, please visit our website's service section. I can take on clients from WA, MD, OH, TX, CA, AZ, and CO.
(832) 653-9698 View (832) 653-9698
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Dianna Reilly Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, RDN
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health at Every Size (HAES) practitioner. I specialize in eating disorder recovery and helping people find food freedom. Whether you are struggling with an eating disorder, tired of yo-yo dieting and weight cycling, or just feeling confused about how to eat, I am here to guide you towards the path to food freedom and Intuitive Eating. Every person has their own personal journey with food. I am here to listen and understand yours and find the most effective interventions individual to you.
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health at Every Size (HAES) practitioner. I specialize in eating disorder recovery and helping people find food freedom. Whether you are struggling with an eating disorder, tired of yo-yo dieting and weight cycling, or just feeling confused about how to eat, I am here to guide you towards the path to food freedom and Intuitive Eating. Every person has their own personal journey with food. I am here to listen and understand yours and find the most effective interventions individual to you.
(424) 789-8780 View (424) 789-8780
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SD Nutrition Group
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CSSD , CEDRD-S
Verified Verified
Coronado, CA 92118
SD Nutrition Group is a team of experienced Registered Dietitians specializing in nutrition therapy in San Diego & California. We’re experts in sports nutrition, eating disorders, pediatric nutrition, and body image concerns. We have a passion for helping people see through the fog of confusing nutrition messages, to find a way of eating that works for them. Nutrition science is complicated. We know how hard it is to figure out what to believe - and even harder to decide what to eat or to feed your family. With our nutrition expertise, application of the latest research, and compassionate approach, we can help you wherever you are.
SD Nutrition Group is a team of experienced Registered Dietitians specializing in nutrition therapy in San Diego & California. We’re experts in sports nutrition, eating disorders, pediatric nutrition, and body image concerns. We have a passion for helping people see through the fog of confusing nutrition messages, to find a way of eating that works for them. Nutrition science is complicated. We know how hard it is to figure out what to believe - and even harder to decide what to eat or to feed your family. With our nutrition expertise, application of the latest research, and compassionate approach, we can help you wherever you are.
(619) 289-8131 View (619) 289-8131
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Anne Guinane
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
I was born and raised in Chicago, attended the University of Dayton for undergrad (Go Flyers!) and received my master's degree at Central Michigan University. I currently work at the University of Chicago as the liver transplant dietitian, specializing in all types of liver disease. I also own my own consulting business which has allowed me to broaden my expertise to serve an even wider variety of patient populations. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family- my husband, Kevin, and my two young (crazy) boys, Marty and Charlie, and have one more on the way!
I was born and raised in Chicago, attended the University of Dayton for undergrad (Go Flyers!) and received my master's degree at Central Michigan University. I currently work at the University of Chicago as the liver transplant dietitian, specializing in all types of liver disease. I also own my own consulting business which has allowed me to broaden my expertise to serve an even wider variety of patient populations. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family- my husband, Kevin, and my two young (crazy) boys, Marty and Charlie, and have one more on the way!
(773) 741-9805 View (773) 741-9805
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Kristen Arnold and Team
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CSSD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92113  (Online Only)
Hi there, I provide nutrition counseling services to athletes and physically active individuals and teams. As an Sports RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) and retired professional athlete (bicycle racing), I understand and live sports nutrition and science. Contact me to start cultivating your personal best through nutrition. Looking forward to hearing from you, Kristen
Hi there, I provide nutrition counseling services to athletes and physically active individuals and teams. As an Sports RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) and retired professional athlete (bicycle racing), I understand and live sports nutrition and science. Contact me to start cultivating your personal best through nutrition. Looking forward to hearing from you, Kristen
(614) 389-9392 View (614) 389-9392
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Chula Vista?

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.