Nutritionists and Dietitians near Tustin, CA

Photo of Marina A Savelyeva, RD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Marina A Savelyeva
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
I am Marina, Registered Dietitian in Newport Beach, CA - your partner in achieving optimal health. With 17+ years of experience, I specialize in disease management and personalized nutrition plans. Don’t get overwhelmed by conflicting dietary advice. Online searches can't provide all the answers that is why you need a dietitian to provide clear, evidence-based guidance tailored to your needs. I have published cookbooks "Easy Gastric Sleeve Cookbook" and "The Plant-Based Weight Loss Solution," that offer practical and delicious solutions for weight management and healthy living. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me today!
I am Marina, Registered Dietitian in Newport Beach, CA - your partner in achieving optimal health. With 17+ years of experience, I specialize in disease management and personalized nutrition plans. Don’t get overwhelmed by conflicting dietary advice. Online searches can't provide all the answers that is why you need a dietitian to provide clear, evidence-based guidance tailored to your needs. I have published cookbooks "Easy Gastric Sleeve Cookbook" and "The Plant-Based Weight Loss Solution," that offer practical and delicious solutions for weight management and healthy living. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me today!
(949) 625-2499 View (949) 625-2499
Photo of Saghar Sefidbakht - Avicenna Dietetics, MS, RDN, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Avicenna Dietetics
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CLT
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92781
Confused about all the different diet advices surrounding you? Concerned about your health and lifestyle? Your doctor wants you to make good nutritional choices that you do not know about? Have chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and heart disease? We are here to help you. Our experienced registered dietitian Saghar Sefidbakht MS, RDN has years of experience in research, hospital and skilled Nursing facilities and is here to help you find your best way to a healthy lifestyle.
Confused about all the different diet advices surrounding you? Concerned about your health and lifestyle? Your doctor wants you to make good nutritional choices that you do not know about? Have chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and heart disease? We are here to help you. Our experienced registered dietitian Saghar Sefidbakht MS, RDN has years of experience in research, hospital and skilled Nursing facilities and is here to help you find your best way to a healthy lifestyle.
(949) 799-4150 View (949) 799-4150
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Janice Dada
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDS
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
I specialize in helping individuals and families optimize their health, well-being, and eating behaviors. I offer personalized nutrition counseling using a non-diet, weight-inclusive framework, which means I don’t focus on body size or prescribe eating rules to follow. Instead, I use a client-centered model of care and serve as a guide on the journey to better health and wellness. My approach incorporates evidence-based nutrition principles along with an understanding of human behavior and psychology. This process looks different for everyone; there is no “one size fits all.”
I specialize in helping individuals and families optimize their health, well-being, and eating behaviors. I offer personalized nutrition counseling using a non-diet, weight-inclusive framework, which means I don’t focus on body size or prescribe eating rules to follow. Instead, I use a client-centered model of care and serve as a guide on the journey to better health and wellness. My approach incorporates evidence-based nutrition principles along with an understanding of human behavior and psychology. This process looks different for everyone; there is no “one size fits all.”
(949) 342-4605 View (949) 342-4605
Photo of Elizabeth Capps, RDN, RD, LD, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Elizabeth Capps
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, RD, LD, LDN
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92868
I have dedicated my career to working in the mental health field helping clients with various degrees of disordered eating. I utilize a non-diet approach with a focus on mind-body connection and balanced nutrition. In every session, we focus on what your needs are in the day to day, but also how nutrition is impacting life on a greater level. I listen to my client's needs and partner with them to create realistic, obtainable goals. Since becoming a mom, I also love assisting people with busy schedules find short cuts in their routines to create easy, affordable, weekly menus and grocery planning.
I have dedicated my career to working in the mental health field helping clients with various degrees of disordered eating. I utilize a non-diet approach with a focus on mind-body connection and balanced nutrition. In every session, we focus on what your needs are in the day to day, but also how nutrition is impacting life on a greater level. I listen to my client's needs and partner with them to create realistic, obtainable goals. Since becoming a mom, I also love assisting people with busy schedules find short cuts in their routines to create easy, affordable, weekly menus and grocery planning.
(657) 387-8518 View (657) 387-8518
Photo of Sarah Marie Jackson, MS, RDN, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Sarah Marie Jackson
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CLT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92620
I help clients achieve their nutrition related health goals by coupling evidenced based practices with function nutrition therapies. I find the root cause of my clients health concerns then develop a personalized nutrition plan that is easy to follow so goals can be achieved.
I help clients achieve their nutrition related health goals by coupling evidenced based practices with function nutrition therapies. I find the root cause of my clients health concerns then develop a personalized nutrition plan that is easy to follow so goals can be achieved.
(747) 271-2024 View (747) 271-2024
Photo of Dalia S Beydoun, MS, RD, CNSC, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Dalia S Beydoun
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CNSC
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science. I have nearly ten years of experience working with a variety of individuals with different health issues in various clinical settings. My primary niche is weight management, however I love helping people manage their health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, among others. I focus on using an evidence-based, whole foods approach to weight loss and disease management to help adults adopt sustainable lifestyle habits.
I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science. I have nearly ten years of experience working with a variety of individuals with different health issues in various clinical settings. My primary niche is weight management, however I love helping people manage their health issues including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, among others. I focus on using an evidence-based, whole foods approach to weight loss and disease management to help adults adopt sustainable lifestyle habits.
(949) 608-6637 View (949) 608-6637
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Tami Broderick
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CLT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602
Do you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, acid reflux, eczema, or other unexplained health conditions? Do you have trouble losing weight, or suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Do you need help with an auto-immune disorder such as celiac disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or graves disease? If so, please let me help - I would love to work with you. I've helped thousands of individuals lose weight, reduce or eliminate their medications, and put an end to the feeling of hopelessness these conditions can cause.
Do you suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, acid reflux, eczema, or other unexplained health conditions? Do you have trouble losing weight, or suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Do you need help with an auto-immune disorder such as celiac disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or graves disease? If so, please let me help - I would love to work with you. I've helped thousands of individuals lose weight, reduce or eliminate their medications, and put an end to the feeling of hopelessness these conditions can cause.
(949) 281-7497 View (949) 281-7497
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Dr Sangeeta Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, MS, RDN, FAND
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92620
Food is joy and has transformative powers. Eating right and enjoying each bite is the key to maintaining health and joy associated with meals! It is doable even if you have medical conditions like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, heart diseases, or cancer. I believe that you should never fear any food! I am here to support your health and wellness needs with an individualized and holistic approach by keeping your health, wellness and medical nutrition therapy needs in mind, while assuring that your ethnic food preferences remain intact. Ready to take the first step. Call or email now!
Food is joy and has transformative powers. Eating right and enjoying each bite is the key to maintaining health and joy associated with meals! It is doable even if you have medical conditions like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, heart diseases, or cancer. I believe that you should never fear any food! I am here to support your health and wellness needs with an individualized and holistic approach by keeping your health, wellness and medical nutrition therapy needs in mind, while assuring that your ethnic food preferences remain intact. Ready to take the first step. Call or email now!
(818) 714-7830 View (818) 714-7830
Photo of Brittany Bettingen, RDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Brittany Bettingen
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
I am a Registered Dietitian with experience treating hormone imbalances, inflammation and gut/digestive issues that manifest in conditions such as PCOS, pre diabetes, insulin resistance, weight gain, bloating and IBS. Clients often come to me seeking not only the treatment for their symptoms, but to identify the root causes as to why they have those symptoms in the first place. I help my patients regain a sense of confidence in their body and eating patterns. I work with patients with goals to lose weight, improve their fertility/hormone balance, restore digestive health & regain a sense of energy as well as brain function & memory.
I am a Registered Dietitian with experience treating hormone imbalances, inflammation and gut/digestive issues that manifest in conditions such as PCOS, pre diabetes, insulin resistance, weight gain, bloating and IBS. Clients often come to me seeking not only the treatment for their symptoms, but to identify the root causes as to why they have those symptoms in the first place. I help my patients regain a sense of confidence in their body and eating patterns. I work with patients with goals to lose weight, improve their fertility/hormone balance, restore digestive health & regain a sense of energy as well as brain function & memory.
(949) 541-4468 View (949) 541-4468
Photo of Jan Kielmann - Functional Wellness, DCN, MS, CNS®, IFMCP®, RHGs, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Functional Wellness
Nutritionist/Dietitian, DCN, MS, CNS®, IFMCP®, RHGs
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Are you suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, chronic pain or degenerative conditions? Have you been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder and are ready to tackle it? If you have a simple or complicated problem - we help you to break the cycle of chronic disease. We offer evidence-based clinical nutrition, specializing on preventive, functional, integrative and personalized nutrition. We help optimize pregnancies, children's health, hormones, methylation, detoxification, energy, concentration, memory, mood, digestion, quality of life, work performance, skin conditions, joint pain, digestive issues, immune defenses, headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress, emotional support and general well-being.
Are you suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, chronic pain or degenerative conditions? Have you been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder and are ready to tackle it? If you have a simple or complicated problem - we help you to break the cycle of chronic disease. We offer evidence-based clinical nutrition, specializing on preventive, functional, integrative and personalized nutrition. We help optimize pregnancies, children's health, hormones, methylation, detoxification, energy, concentration, memory, mood, digestion, quality of life, work performance, skin conditions, joint pain, digestive issues, immune defenses, headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress, emotional support and general well-being.
(909) 298-1486 View (909) 298-1486
Photo of Sulaima Abdin, MS, RD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Sulaima Abdin
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
Struggling with weight management, understanding food labels, eating habits, healthy cooking, nutritional deficiencies? I can help! I infuse my professional practice with a unique blend of relatability, creativity, and a touch of humor. I am notorious for arming my clients with the tools necessary to navigate the world of food so that healthy living is not only accessible, but enjoyable. With a genuine love of all things food related, I firmly believe in the transformative power of nutrition. We spend so much of our time around food, why not enjoy it!
Struggling with weight management, understanding food labels, eating habits, healthy cooking, nutritional deficiencies? I can help! I infuse my professional practice with a unique blend of relatability, creativity, and a touch of humor. I am notorious for arming my clients with the tools necessary to navigate the world of food so that healthy living is not only accessible, but enjoyable. With a genuine love of all things food related, I firmly believe in the transformative power of nutrition. We spend so much of our time around food, why not enjoy it!
(949) 876-7776 View (949) 876-7776
Photo of April L. Murray, RD, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
April L. Murray
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CLT
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Are you struggling with losing weight, uncomfortable bloating or an unhealthy relationship with food? Do you want to work with someone who understands what you're going through... At OC Nutrition Coaching we truly care about the people we work with, that's why we take a one-on-one approach and focus on lifestyle changes.
Are you struggling with losing weight, uncomfortable bloating or an unhealthy relationship with food? Do you want to work with someone who understands what you're going through... At OC Nutrition Coaching we truly care about the people we work with, that's why we take a one-on-one approach and focus on lifestyle changes.
(714) 646-6641 View (714) 646-6641
Photo of Dr. Rosa M Keller - Rosa Keller Nutrition, PhD, RD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Rosa Keller Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, RD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
As a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian, my goal is to help you pin-point the current challenges you are facing with your health and nutrition. Through remote Telehealth services, we will work together to create actionable steps towards long-term healthy habits. Whether that means understanding how to improve your relationships with food, weight management, fuel exercise performance, finding a meal pattern that improves digestive symptoms, managing chronic disease and more.
As a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian, my goal is to help you pin-point the current challenges you are facing with your health and nutrition. Through remote Telehealth services, we will work together to create actionable steps towards long-term healthy habits. Whether that means understanding how to improve your relationships with food, weight management, fuel exercise performance, finding a meal pattern that improves digestive symptoms, managing chronic disease and more.
(415) 712-2516 View (415) 712-2516
Photo of Ilana Nurko, RD, LDN, MS, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Ilana Nurko
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Verified Verified
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Ilana has been a Registered Dietitian since 2017. She completed her dietetic internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She specializes in providing medical nutrition therapy for various neurological conditions including epilepsy, post-traumatic brain injury, stroke prevention and post-stroke management, swallowing difficulty with use of modified diets, alternative routes of nutrition. Additionally, she also provides medical nutrition therapy for gestational diabetes, high cholesterol and weight loss. Ilana enjoys getting to know her patients and working with them overtime to achieve and further goals.
Ilana has been a Registered Dietitian since 2017. She completed her dietetic internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She specializes in providing medical nutrition therapy for various neurological conditions including epilepsy, post-traumatic brain injury, stroke prevention and post-stroke management, swallowing difficulty with use of modified diets, alternative routes of nutrition. Additionally, she also provides medical nutrition therapy for gestational diabetes, high cholesterol and weight loss. Ilana enjoys getting to know her patients and working with them overtime to achieve and further goals.
(630) 451-8974 View (630) 451-8974
Photo of Preeti Soni, MS, RD, CDCES, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Preeti Soni
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDCES
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92620
I am an Integrated Medicine Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Trained in Low FODMAP diet from Monash University for IBS. I have over 12 years of professional experience. I focus on improving gut health, mental health, and metabolism to achieve a sustainable result. I use a client-centered model of care and incorporate evidence-based nutrition principles. I am passionate about helping women and men of all ages improve their health. I am a plant-based dietitian. I take insurance and non-insurance-based clients.
I am an Integrated Medicine Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Trained in Low FODMAP diet from Monash University for IBS. I have over 12 years of professional experience. I focus on improving gut health, mental health, and metabolism to achieve a sustainable result. I use a client-centered model of care and incorporate evidence-based nutrition principles. I am passionate about helping women and men of all ages improve their health. I am a plant-based dietitian. I take insurance and non-insurance-based clients.
(949) 919-7353 View (949) 919-7353
Photo of Joanna Richardson-Jones, RD, MBA, RPS, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Joanna Richardson-Jones
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, MBA, RPS
Verified Verified
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Do you feel like you can't control your eating food- related behaviors ? Do you see yourself as "fat" when others see you as too thin? Would you say that food and thoughts about food dominate your life? You don't have to be alone in your struggle. My specialized and experienced empathetic approach focuses on you and your personal experience . The science of nutrition is important but struggling clients need support with their emotions around food and eating. Plan of care and recovery is developed carefully with your involvement.
Do you feel like you can't control your eating food- related behaviors ? Do you see yourself as "fat" when others see you as too thin? Would you say that food and thoughts about food dominate your life? You don't have to be alone in your struggle. My specialized and experienced empathetic approach focuses on you and your personal experience . The science of nutrition is important but struggling clients need support with their emotions around food and eating. Plan of care and recovery is developed carefully with your involvement.
(949) 565-2818 View (949) 565-2818
Photo of Kelly Wills, MS, RD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kelly Wills
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92602
Kelly is a non-diet Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and owner of private practice Kelly Wills Nutrition. Kelly serves clients living in San Luis Obispo County and throughout CA. She provides virtual, weight inclusive nutrition counseling to folks struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, & body image issues. Her goal is to help people heal their relationship with food in order to open up more space and energy to start living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Kelly accepts some private insurances (see below) as well as cash pay clients.
Kelly is a non-diet Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and owner of private practice Kelly Wills Nutrition. Kelly serves clients living in San Luis Obispo County and throughout CA. She provides virtual, weight inclusive nutrition counseling to folks struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, & body image issues. Her goal is to help people heal their relationship with food in order to open up more space and energy to start living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Kelly accepts some private insurances (see below) as well as cash pay clients.
(805) 321-1557 View (805) 321-1557
Photo of Denise Canellos, MS, CNS, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Denise Canellos
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CNS
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92604
I'm Denise Canellos, a Board Certified Nutritionist, author of Calm Your Inflammation, and university professor, specializing in effective nutrition therapy for cancer and chronic disease treatment. My husband George was diagnosed with colon cancer at 38. It was devastating for our family when George died from his cancer. I felt a pull to help others navigate the confusing world of healthcare and nutrition. After earning my MS in Human Nutrition, I passed my American College of Nutrition Board exam and started using science to help people like you get back their health and their hope.
I'm Denise Canellos, a Board Certified Nutritionist, author of Calm Your Inflammation, and university professor, specializing in effective nutrition therapy for cancer and chronic disease treatment. My husband George was diagnosed with colon cancer at 38. It was devastating for our family when George died from his cancer. I felt a pull to help others navigate the confusing world of healthcare and nutrition. After earning my MS in Human Nutrition, I passed my American College of Nutrition Board exam and started using science to help people like you get back their health and their hope.
(949) 381-5182 View (949) 381-5182
Photo of Whitney Lau, RDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Whitney Lau
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Diagnosed with PCOS? Struggling with digestive issues, period problems, thyroid problems, or fertility challenges? Experiencing symptoms of fatigue, low energy, bloating, acne, and/ or hair loss? If you’re finding it difficult to get answers from your doctor, or if you were simply told "your labs look normal", and are tired of the trial-and-error approach, wasting time and money on random supplements and treatments, know that there's a better solution. You deserve to have the tools to learn how to manage your health issues, heal your body, and feel like yourself while living a life you love to its fullest potential.
Diagnosed with PCOS? Struggling with digestive issues, period problems, thyroid problems, or fertility challenges? Experiencing symptoms of fatigue, low energy, bloating, acne, and/ or hair loss? If you’re finding it difficult to get answers from your doctor, or if you were simply told "your labs look normal", and are tired of the trial-and-error approach, wasting time and money on random supplements and treatments, know that there's a better solution. You deserve to have the tools to learn how to manage your health issues, heal your body, and feel like yourself while living a life you love to its fullest potential.
(510) 726-4221 View (510) 726-4221
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Erin M Macdonald
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92602
Health and wellness is more than just what you eat. As a nutrition, fitness, and wellness coach, we work together to craft a plan that helps you achieve your health and wellness goals. Your plan for successfully acheiving your goals revolves around an individualized nutrition and fitness plan and strategies to make the necessary behavior changes.
Health and wellness is more than just what you eat. As a nutrition, fitness, and wellness coach, we work together to craft a plan that helps you achieve your health and wellness goals. Your plan for successfully acheiving your goals revolves around an individualized nutrition and fitness plan and strategies to make the necessary behavior changes.
(949) 342-5646 View (949) 342-5646
FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Tustin?

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.