Nutritionists and Dietitians in Sacramento County, CA

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Photo of Shanley Schoenhofer, RD, CLE, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Shanley Schoenhofer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CLE
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Nutrition is the fuel our body and mind needs to stay healthy and be well. You are one of a kind, and so are your nutrition needs. I am a California-based Registered Dietitian who is incredibly passionate about client-focused, individualized nutrition care. Whether you’re here for help on recovering from your eating disorder, learning how to fuel your body for sports performance, meal planning to help lower your cholesterol, ensure you’re eating the right foods for pregnancy or just want to understand what nutrition feels best for you, I'm here to help you with those goals.
Nutrition is the fuel our body and mind needs to stay healthy and be well. You are one of a kind, and so are your nutrition needs. I am a California-based Registered Dietitian who is incredibly passionate about client-focused, individualized nutrition care. Whether you’re here for help on recovering from your eating disorder, learning how to fuel your body for sports performance, meal planning to help lower your cholesterol, ensure you’re eating the right foods for pregnancy or just want to understand what nutrition feels best for you, I'm here to help you with those goals.
(916) 347-3929 View (916) 347-3929
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Diabetes Digital (Telehealth Diabetes Nutrition)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, RDN, CDE, CDCES
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814  (Online Only)
Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, we've helped thousands of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, we've helped thousands of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
(916) 345-2088 View (916) 345-2088
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Melissa Goode
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RDN
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630  (Online Only)
Are you exhausted from thinking about food and your body all of the time? Today’s world is filled with messages telling us to shrink our bodies, try the latest diet, and fit into an ideal weight category. If you're tired of keeping up with the latest food trends, Googling nutrition advice, and trying everything under the sun to achieve "perfect" health, you've come to the right place! Goode Nutrition is for those wanting to build a healthy relationship with food and their body, navigate chronic illness with gentle nutrition, and unlearn disordered eating patterns.
Are you exhausted from thinking about food and your body all of the time? Today’s world is filled with messages telling us to shrink our bodies, try the latest diet, and fit into an ideal weight category. If you're tired of keeping up with the latest food trends, Googling nutrition advice, and trying everything under the sun to achieve "perfect" health, you've come to the right place! Goode Nutrition is for those wanting to build a healthy relationship with food and their body, navigate chronic illness with gentle nutrition, and unlearn disordered eating patterns.
(916) 306-7979 View (916) 306-7979
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Chrissy Spencer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95818
I work with people who are dealing with autoimmune conditions or mental health concerns. You may have both of these conditions concurrently. Often, the triggers for mental health concerns are often the same triggers that bring on autoimmune illnesses. In both situations, you may be dealing with brain fog, digestive issues, or vague pain. I also have received training and worked with individuals dealing with eating disorders, along with offering nutrition assistance in cases of autism and ADHD.
I work with people who are dealing with autoimmune conditions or mental health concerns. You may have both of these conditions concurrently. Often, the triggers for mental health concerns are often the same triggers that bring on autoimmune illnesses. In both situations, you may be dealing with brain fog, digestive issues, or vague pain. I also have received training and worked with individuals dealing with eating disorders, along with offering nutrition assistance in cases of autism and ADHD.
(916) 866-3916 View (916) 866-3916
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Rheanna Smith
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hello there! I take a holistic, food-first approach to health that is personalized to you. I'm passionate about preventative health, nutrition education, and fostering a healthy relationship with food and body image. I've earned two degrees in nutrition, a BSc in clinical nutrition and an MS in dietetics and nutrition therapy, and actively attend conferences and webinars to stay cutting edge in my nutrition knowledge.
Hello there! I take a holistic, food-first approach to health that is personalized to you. I'm passionate about preventative health, nutrition education, and fostering a healthy relationship with food and body image. I've earned two degrees in nutrition, a BSc in clinical nutrition and an MS in dietetics and nutrition therapy, and actively attend conferences and webinars to stay cutting edge in my nutrition knowledge.
(916) 713-3098 View (916) 713-3098
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Malichi Dawson
Nutritionist/Dietitian
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95818
My specialty is “simplicity”! Often time it can be overwhelming when we are short on time, we travel, we work many hours, we are cooking for others etc. Thus I try my best to make food and lifestyle changes as simple as possible for others in order to promote learning and independence.
My specialty is “simplicity”! Often time it can be overwhelming when we are short on time, we travel, we work many hours, we are cooking for others etc. Thus I try my best to make food and lifestyle changes as simple as possible for others in order to promote learning and independence.
(916) 619-0144 View (916) 619-0144
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An Apple a Day Nutrition Therapy
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95864
My name is Hannah Liserra Reilly, and I am a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping people reach their optimal health and longevity. In a world where pharmaceuticals are at the forefront of health, many are unaware that the onset of most illnesses is caused by the environment and the foods we consume. ​Proper nutrition has the ability to make us feel and function at our best but is also powerful enough to change our genetic codes to help prevent certain diseases.
My name is Hannah Liserra Reilly, and I am a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping people reach their optimal health and longevity. In a world where pharmaceuticals are at the forefront of health, many are unaware that the onset of most illnesses is caused by the environment and the foods we consume. ​Proper nutrition has the ability to make us feel and function at our best but is also powerful enough to change our genetic codes to help prevent certain diseases.
(279) 465-0131 View (279) 465-0131
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Kerri Mulligan, RD
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Emotional eating is a condition that is widely misunderstood. All too often it is assumed that emotional eaters have no willpower over food or lack the motivation for change. Feelings of guilt, shame, and even loneliness can create a perpetual cycle of dieting and deprivation followed by uncontrolled eating. If this feels familiar to you, I want you to know that you are not alone. I can help you to understand this cycle and develop a better relationship with food. I provide education to clear up confusion around nutrition facts, challenge diet myths, and work with you to discover a pattern of eating that supports your health.
Emotional eating is a condition that is widely misunderstood. All too often it is assumed that emotional eaters have no willpower over food or lack the motivation for change. Feelings of guilt, shame, and even loneliness can create a perpetual cycle of dieting and deprivation followed by uncontrolled eating. If this feels familiar to you, I want you to know that you are not alone. I can help you to understand this cycle and develop a better relationship with food. I provide education to clear up confusion around nutrition facts, challenge diet myths, and work with you to discover a pattern of eating that supports your health.
(210) 941-2940 View (210) 941-2940
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Kathy Kennedy Hutton
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RD
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95823
I have over 20 years experience as a Registered Dietitian with a master's degree in Public Health Nutrition (MPH). I also have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and am a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). I focus on the whole person and want to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle with an evaluation of current exercise and eating habits; assessment of labs, medications, and supplements; discussion of medical conditions; and goal setting for your particular concerns. Let me help you be the best you can be!
I have over 20 years experience as a Registered Dietitian with a master's degree in Public Health Nutrition (MPH). I also have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and am a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). I focus on the whole person and want to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle with an evaluation of current exercise and eating habits; assessment of labs, medications, and supplements; discussion of medical conditions; and goal setting for your particular concerns. Let me help you be the best you can be!
(916) 512-6955 View (916) 512-6955
Photo of Stephanie Paver, MS, RD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Stephanie Paver
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
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
Photo of Jessica Kruzan, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Jessica Kruzan
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
Jessica specializes in working with PCOS, Disordered/Eating Disorders, Infertility Nutrition, Pre/Post Partum, Hormonal Imbalances, and other areas. She believes that a diet should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. She works with her clients to identify their goals, understand their lifestyle and preferences, and create a plan that fits their unique needs. Jessica also recognizes that food is more than just fuel for the body – it is often tied to emotions, memories, and cultural traditions. As such, she helps her clients to build a positive relationship with food.
Jessica specializes in working with PCOS, Disordered/Eating Disorders, Infertility Nutrition, Pre/Post Partum, Hormonal Imbalances, and other areas. She believes that a diet should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. She works with her clients to identify their goals, understand their lifestyle and preferences, and create a plan that fits their unique needs. Jessica also recognizes that food is more than just fuel for the body – it is often tied to emotions, memories, and cultural traditions. As such, she helps her clients to build a positive relationship with food.
(619) 597-1064 View (619) 597-1064
Photo of Kristin Paver, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kristin Paver
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
Kristin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft, specializing in working with adults and adolescents with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Digestive issues, Crohn's, Celiac, and interested in Weight Management. Kristin enjoys collaborating with her clients and supporting them on their journey towards making sustainable lifestyle changes and believes health relies on the balance of nutritional, mental, social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. She whole heartedly believes that food is information for our cells and what we eat is critical to how we reveal ourselves to the world.
Kristin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft, specializing in working with adults and adolescents with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Digestive issues, Crohn's, Celiac, and interested in Weight Management. Kristin enjoys collaborating with her clients and supporting them on their journey towards making sustainable lifestyle changes and believes health relies on the balance of nutritional, mental, social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. She whole heartedly believes that food is information for our cells and what we eat is critical to how we reveal ourselves to the world.
(619) 492-8313 View (619) 492-8313
Photo of Bethany Ferguson, MS, RD, IBCLC, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Bethany Ferguson
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814
I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist and lactation consultant.. As a mom of 3 boys who has tandem breastfed twins and practiced baby-led weaning when starting solids, my passion is to help support parents meet their breastfeeding goals and start solids without confusion or anxiety - no matter if you want to use a combo of formula & breastfeeding or a combo of baby food & baby-led weaning, I want to help. If you're thinking about incorporating some baby-led weaning because your older child has been a picky eater and you want to do it differently this time, I'm your person! I can also help with your older picky child.
I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist and lactation consultant.. As a mom of 3 boys who has tandem breastfed twins and practiced baby-led weaning when starting solids, my passion is to help support parents meet their breastfeeding goals and start solids without confusion or anxiety - no matter if you want to use a combo of formula & breastfeeding or a combo of baby food & baby-led weaning, I want to help. If you're thinking about incorporating some baby-led weaning because your older child has been a picky eater and you want to do it differently this time, I'm your person! I can also help with your older picky child.
(217) 559-8774 View (217) 559-8774
Photo of Wendy Lopez Registered Dietitian Certified Diabetes Educator - Diabetes Digital (Telehealth Diabetes Nutrition), MS, RD, CDCES, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Diabetes Digital (Telehealth Diabetes Nutrition)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDCES
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, I've helped hundreds of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, I've helped hundreds of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
(332) 263-3789 View (332) 263-3789
Photo of Pamela Connor - Connor Wellness Clinic, CN, CTP, LLC, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Connor Wellness Clinic
Nutritionist/Dietitian, CN, CTP, LLC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95821
I take a functional and root-cause approach to bring your health back into balance. This holistic approach includes looking at all aspects of you and your lifestyle, including health history, current state of health, diet, sleep patterns, response to stress, work, family , and recreational aspects of your lifestyle. In addition my approach is to get to the underlying cause of the symptoms or conditions rather than just treat the symptoms.
I take a functional and root-cause approach to bring your health back into balance. This holistic approach includes looking at all aspects of you and your lifestyle, including health history, current state of health, diet, sleep patterns, response to stress, work, family , and recreational aspects of your lifestyle. In addition my approach is to get to the underlying cause of the symptoms or conditions rather than just treat the symptoms.
(916) 588-2869 View (916) 588-2869
Photo of Grace Aguirre, MS, RDN, IFNCP, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Grace Aguirre
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, IFNCP, CLT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95843
At Lens of Grace Nutrition, I serve my clients through a compassionate lens of grace while utilizing evidence-based strategies to assist people like you in healing your metabolism. This means, improving bloodwork and vitals signs WHILE overcoming the chronic nagging symptoms that come from metabolic dysfunction such as difficulty losing weight, food cravings, binging, body aches, digestive issues, food sensitivities, fatigue, malaise, mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, memory issues, skin issues and more.
At Lens of Grace Nutrition, I serve my clients through a compassionate lens of grace while utilizing evidence-based strategies to assist people like you in healing your metabolism. This means, improving bloodwork and vitals signs WHILE overcoming the chronic nagging symptoms that come from metabolic dysfunction such as difficulty losing weight, food cravings, binging, body aches, digestive issues, food sensitivities, fatigue, malaise, mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, memory issues, skin issues and more.
(916) 659-7505 View (916) 659-7505
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Carly Lucchesi
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94205
I help women lose weight through reducing inflammation instead of calories. When done correctly, weight loss can be more of a passive side effect rather than the target. Together we will incorporate lab based testing, an extensive genetic workup and behavior coaching to make sure no stone is left unturned. This will be the last time you need to lose weight, my program guarantees it.
I help women lose weight through reducing inflammation instead of calories. When done correctly, weight loss can be more of a passive side effect rather than the target. Together we will incorporate lab based testing, an extensive genetic workup and behavior coaching to make sure no stone is left unturned. This will be the last time you need to lose weight, my program guarantees it.
(209) 396-7403 View (209) 396-7403
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Kelly Sea
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
I love helping people with diabetes make sense of the condition and ultimately overcome it! Type 2 diabetes reversal IS possible (despite what other health professionals may have said), and it can be done naturally, with real food, minimizing the need for medications and supplements.
I love helping people with diabetes make sense of the condition and ultimately overcome it! Type 2 diabetes reversal IS possible (despite what other health professionals may have said), and it can be done naturally, with real food, minimizing the need for medications and supplements.
(209) 309-3285 View (209) 309-3285
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Kaytee Hadley - The Anti-Ibs Dietitian
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MSc, RDN, IFMCP, CPT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
Did You Know? IBS is simply a name for symptoms but tells us NOTHING about what's causing them! For 15 years I was told there was nothing I could do about my debilitating GI symptoms– pain, cramps, bloating, all the other things no one wants to talk about. “Everything looks normal. You’re just going to have to live with it. Try managing your stress.” Sound familiar? If so, you’re in the right place. Because I get it! I’ve been there. I’m also now symptom free… why? Because IBS is B.S.! I got to the root cause and you can too!
Did You Know? IBS is simply a name for symptoms but tells us NOTHING about what's causing them! For 15 years I was told there was nothing I could do about my debilitating GI symptoms– pain, cramps, bloating, all the other things no one wants to talk about. “Everything looks normal. You’re just going to have to live with it. Try managing your stress.” Sound familiar? If so, you’re in the right place. Because I get it! I’ve been there. I’m also now symptom free… why? Because IBS is B.S.! I got to the root cause and you can too!
(804) 294-4189 View (804) 294-4189
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Heather Reeves
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203
Do you want to repair your relationship with food and your body? Whether you have a diagnosed eating disorder, are struggling with disordered eating behaviors, feel uncomfortable in your body, or just want some peace in your relationship with food, I'm here to help. I have spent the last 20 years of my career specializing in the treatment of clients with eating disorders or disordered eating at all levels of care, while utilizing a non-diet approach with an emphasis on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. I look forward to connecting and supporting you on your recovery journey.
Do you want to repair your relationship with food and your body? Whether you have a diagnosed eating disorder, are struggling with disordered eating behaviors, feel uncomfortable in your body, or just want some peace in your relationship with food, I'm here to help. I have spent the last 20 years of my career specializing in the treatment of clients with eating disorders or disordered eating at all levels of care, while utilizing a non-diet approach with an emphasis on Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. I look forward to connecting and supporting you on your recovery journey.
(619) 754-9913 View (619) 754-9913
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Sacramento County?

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.