Nutritionists and Dietitians in Naperville, IL

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Anna Petersen
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60565
Our genetic makeup is what makes us unique and is complex in nature. Originally learned as being but a factor that is completely out of our control, epigenetic research shows otherwise. What we now know through science is that factors from our environment such as diet, physical activity, sleep and stress, actually play a large role in the expression of our genes. While we can't entirely change what we are born with, healthy habits do in fact nurture healthy genes. In a nutshell, I'm here to challenge, support and guide you in rewiring your genes and taking direct control over your life.
Our genetic makeup is what makes us unique and is complex in nature. Originally learned as being but a factor that is completely out of our control, epigenetic research shows otherwise. What we now know through science is that factors from our environment such as diet, physical activity, sleep and stress, actually play a large role in the expression of our genes. While we can't entirely change what we are born with, healthy habits do in fact nurture healthy genes. In a nutshell, I'm here to challenge, support and guide you in rewiring your genes and taking direct control over your life.
(779) 228-3873 View (779) 228-3873
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Madeline Butler-Sanchez
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60563  (Online Only)
Are you looking to make lifestyle changes to improve your health but don’t know how? Are you also tired of trying everything, and your health conditions are the same or even worse? I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I’m a bilingual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and plant-based expert, passionate about helping patients change their lifestyle to prevent, treat, and manage chronic diseases. With mindfulness and respect, we can work together to achieve your nutritional goals, offering personalized nutrition recommendations based on your preferences, needs, schedule, and more.
Are you looking to make lifestyle changes to improve your health but don’t know how? Are you also tired of trying everything, and your health conditions are the same or even worse? I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I’m a bilingual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and plant-based expert, passionate about helping patients change their lifestyle to prevent, treat, and manage chronic diseases. With mindfulness and respect, we can work together to achieve your nutritional goals, offering personalized nutrition recommendations based on your preferences, needs, schedule, and more.
(331) 321-7017 View (331) 321-7017
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Tamara M Stabrowski
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, CEDS-C
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60564
My mission is to offer each person the gift of freedom from their eating disorder I promote self-regulated principles to foster permanent lifestyle changes. My goal is to individualize tools necessary to balance normalized eating in everyday life without fears and anxieties over food as fuel. As CEO of Midwest Dietitian, I treat Anorexia and Bulimia, Athletes and Compulsive Exercisers, Food Addiction, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, Obesity, Compulsive Overeating, PICA, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian by IAEDP -and Approved Consultant. HIPAA compliant Telehealth provided
My mission is to offer each person the gift of freedom from their eating disorder I promote self-regulated principles to foster permanent lifestyle changes. My goal is to individualize tools necessary to balance normalized eating in everyday life without fears and anxieties over food as fuel. As CEO of Midwest Dietitian, I treat Anorexia and Bulimia, Athletes and Compulsive Exercisers, Food Addiction, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID, Obesity, Compulsive Overeating, PICA, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian by IAEDP -and Approved Consultant. HIPAA compliant Telehealth provided
(630) 427-4752 View (630) 427-4752
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Laurie Schubert
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, RD, CSSD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
I SOLVE ATHLETE PROBLEMS. I work with athletes of every age and ability, helping them improve performance through sport-specific nutrition. Doing an Ironman? Making weight for an MMA fight? Need that DI scholarship? Have cramping issues, GI problems, hate your body, just tore your ACL or are paralyzed by all the conflicting diet ads? Do you run out of energy during workouts? Are you a masters athlete with medical issues and multiple meds? Maybe you're a parent and your kid wants to make the varsity team by using a sketchy supplement. Or you're a coach and just don't know what to say when your athletes get dehydrated. I CAN HELP!
I SOLVE ATHLETE PROBLEMS. I work with athletes of every age and ability, helping them improve performance through sport-specific nutrition. Doing an Ironman? Making weight for an MMA fight? Need that DI scholarship? Have cramping issues, GI problems, hate your body, just tore your ACL or are paralyzed by all the conflicting diet ads? Do you run out of energy during workouts? Are you a masters athlete with medical issues and multiple meds? Maybe you're a parent and your kid wants to make the varsity team by using a sketchy supplement. Or you're a coach and just don't know what to say when your athletes get dehydrated. I CAN HELP!
(331) 215-9718 View (331) 215-9718
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Kelly Duncombe
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Meet Kelly, a dedicated Registered Dietitian with a passion for the profound connection between food, health, and the human body. Kelly's journey in the realm of nutrition has been fueled by her unwavering commitment to promoting well-being and her insatiable curiosity for learning. With a heart that genuinely loves people, Kelly derives immense satisfaction from coaching and helping individuals on their path to better health. Her fascination with medical conditions drives her to continuously seek innovative ways to make a difference in the lives of those she serves and strives to empower others to make informed, healthier choices
Meet Kelly, a dedicated Registered Dietitian with a passion for the profound connection between food, health, and the human body. Kelly's journey in the realm of nutrition has been fueled by her unwavering commitment to promoting well-being and her insatiable curiosity for learning. With a heart that genuinely loves people, Kelly derives immense satisfaction from coaching and helping individuals on their path to better health. Her fascination with medical conditions drives her to continuously seek innovative ways to make a difference in the lives of those she serves and strives to empower others to make informed, healthier choices
(872) 259-6187 View (872) 259-6187
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Kate Davis
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
[More info at www.RDKate.com.] I am a board-certified sports nutritionist/dietitian who teaches athletes how to improve sport performance and overall health with food. Advice is individualized based on gender, age, sport, position, season of training, lifestyle and goals. Learn what to eat, when to eat it and when to supplement. Training days - Competition day - Every day. (NO supplements sold in-office).
[More info at www.RDKate.com.] I am a board-certified sports nutritionist/dietitian who teaches athletes how to improve sport performance and overall health with food. Advice is individualized based on gender, age, sport, position, season of training, lifestyle and goals. Learn what to eat, when to eat it and when to supplement. Training days - Competition day - Every day. (NO supplements sold in-office).
(989) 607-4174 View (989) 607-4174
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Jessica Picone
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CPT
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian whom specializes in working with adults and adolescents with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Digestive Conditions, IBS, Low FODMAP, Crohn's, and Sports Nutrition. Jessica is passionate about providing a patient-centered approach to nutrition care and is dedicated to helping clients reshape their lifestyle in a sustainable and enjoyable way so food is fun again. Her evidence-based and anti-diet recommendations support improving health with zero judgement towards food preferences or body size.Jessica is dedicated to providing the education and tools her patients need to thrive.
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian whom specializes in working with adults and adolescents with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Digestive Conditions, IBS, Low FODMAP, Crohn's, and Sports Nutrition. Jessica is passionate about providing a patient-centered approach to nutrition care and is dedicated to helping clients reshape their lifestyle in a sustainable and enjoyable way so food is fun again. Her evidence-based and anti-diet recommendations support improving health with zero judgement towards food preferences or body size.Jessica is dedicated to providing the education and tools her patients need to thrive.
(872) 219-1300 View (872) 219-1300
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Ashley Walls
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Ashley Walls specializes in working with clients interested in general healthy eating, and conditions including Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Celiac, Crohn's, IBS, Intuitive Eating, Weight Management and more. With 3 years of experience at a residential treatment level, Ashley is well versed on the difficulties associated with cooccurring diagnosis and eating disorder recovery. She believes that all foods fit through practice of balance, variety and moderation. Her past experiences as an athlete and personal trainer has prompted a particular interest in sports nutrition.
Ashley Walls specializes in working with clients interested in general healthy eating, and conditions including Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Celiac, Crohn's, IBS, Intuitive Eating, Weight Management and more. With 3 years of experience at a residential treatment level, Ashley is well versed on the difficulties associated with cooccurring diagnosis and eating disorder recovery. She believes that all foods fit through practice of balance, variety and moderation. Her past experiences as an athlete and personal trainer has prompted a particular interest in sports nutrition.
(312) 262-7112 View (312) 262-7112
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Dana Lemke
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Dana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in the state of Illinois. She completed her internship at the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital where she focused on community nutrition. Prior to her internship, she was awarded graduate student of the year while she completed her Master of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Dana became a dietitian because she has a passion for helping others through food and lifestyle changes.
Dana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in the state of Illinois. She completed her internship at the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital where she focused on community nutrition. Prior to her internship, she was awarded graduate student of the year while she completed her Master of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Dana became a dietitian because she has a passion for helping others through food and lifestyle changes.
(630) 524-4304 View (630) 524-4304
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Kristina Stravinskaite
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60565  (Online Only)
Kristina is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft. She believes in creating a supportive environment for behavior change. Change is difficult and vulnerable, and Kristina knows the importance of empathy and compassion in this work. Kristina believes in Health at Every Size and weight-inclusive care. She believes that health incorporates emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
Kristina is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practices out of Health Loft. She believes in creating a supportive environment for behavior change. Change is difficult and vulnerable, and Kristina knows the importance of empathy and compassion in this work. Kristina believes in Health at Every Size and weight-inclusive care. She believes that health incorporates emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
(312) 940-3195 View (312) 940-3195
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Anna Velazquez
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Anna is a Registered Dietitian that practices out of Health Loft specializing in working with adults and pediatrics with a history of GI disorders (Celiac, IBS, Low-FODMAP, IBD, Constipation, GERD, lactase and sucrase deficiency), Healthy Eating, Food Allergies, and Pediatric Nutrition. She works collaboratively with clients to set realistic and practical goals reflective of individualized nutrition plans. She believes that balanced nutrition looks differently for everyone, and client’s medical history needs to be considered along with their resources, schedules, and circumstances.
Anna is a Registered Dietitian that practices out of Health Loft specializing in working with adults and pediatrics with a history of GI disorders (Celiac, IBS, Low-FODMAP, IBD, Constipation, GERD, lactase and sucrase deficiency), Healthy Eating, Food Allergies, and Pediatric Nutrition. She works collaboratively with clients to set realistic and practical goals reflective of individualized nutrition plans. She believes that balanced nutrition looks differently for everyone, and client’s medical history needs to be considered along with their resources, schedules, and circumstances.
(312) 779-1836 View (312) 779-1836
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Deepa Deshmukh
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RD, BC-ADM, CDE, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Whether or not you want to improve your run time, or improve your glucose control, the evidence is clear that working with a Registered Dietitian can help you do that! Our goal at DuPage Dietitians is to assist each client in learning how they to move toward a lifetime of health. We do that by closing the knowledge gap, writing sound nutrition prescriptions based on solid evidence and by coaching our clients toward lasting changes.
Whether or not you want to improve your run time, or improve your glucose control, the evidence is clear that working with a Registered Dietitian can help you do that! Our goal at DuPage Dietitians is to assist each client in learning how they to move toward a lifetime of health. We do that by closing the knowledge gap, writing sound nutrition prescriptions based on solid evidence and by coaching our clients toward lasting changes.
(630) 387-9967 View (630) 387-9967
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Stephanie Fiorentino
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
Hi, I'm Stephanie! I’m a Health at Every Size aligned dietitian specializing in eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating, and weight neutral medical nutrition therapy. I work with clients to develop an individualized nourishment plan based on their hunger, fullness, and satisfaction cues – without relying on external factors like calorie counting or food restriction to guide eating. I believe that food should be satisfying, fun, and easy. I believe that wellness should be accessible to everyone. And I believe that people in all bodies deserve respectful, compassionate care.
Hi, I'm Stephanie! I’m a Health at Every Size aligned dietitian specializing in eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating, and weight neutral medical nutrition therapy. I work with clients to develop an individualized nourishment plan based on their hunger, fullness, and satisfaction cues – without relying on external factors like calorie counting or food restriction to guide eating. I believe that food should be satisfying, fun, and easy. I believe that wellness should be accessible to everyone. And I believe that people in all bodies deserve respectful, compassionate care.
(773) 207-3268 View (773) 207-3268
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Lindsey Herr
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Lindsey Herr is a board-certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Lindsey has years of experience working in clinical nutrition, corporate wellness and private practice. Lindsey takes pride in making nutrition simple & sustainable so that you never have to diet again. Looking to weigh your chicken and count out almonds? We won't be doing that here! Lindsey focuses on improving your relationship with food and delivering results without stepping on the scale.
Lindsey Herr is a board-certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Lindsey has years of experience working in clinical nutrition, corporate wellness and private practice. Lindsey takes pride in making nutrition simple & sustainable so that you never have to diet again. Looking to weigh your chicken and count out almonds? We won't be doing that here! Lindsey focuses on improving your relationship with food and delivering results without stepping on the scale.
(708) 729-6155 View (708) 729-6155
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Olive Branch Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, MPH, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Our is to provide weight inclusive medical nutrition therapy, using the principles of Intuitive Eating in a HAES aligned practice. The intent of our counseling is to help people find peace with food freedom, develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies, and focus on gentle nutrition to manage and prevent chronic disease states.
Our is to provide weight inclusive medical nutrition therapy, using the principles of Intuitive Eating in a HAES aligned practice. The intent of our counseling is to help people find peace with food freedom, develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies, and focus on gentle nutrition to manage and prevent chronic disease states.
(224) 218-5362 View (224) 218-5362
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Haleigh Augspols
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Haleigh practices out of Health Loft specializing in working with clients with Eating Disorders, PCOS, Pre/Postpartum nutrition, IBS, and Food Allergies. Haleigh loves helping her clients make small changes to their lifestyle that makes a huge difference to their health. Haleigh is dedicated to assisting clients with a mind-body approach to a healthier lifestyle through education on intuitive eating, stress reduction and a whole foods approach. She is a “non-diet” dietitian and strongly supports making changes that work for each person as an individual.
Haleigh practices out of Health Loft specializing in working with clients with Eating Disorders, PCOS, Pre/Postpartum nutrition, IBS, and Food Allergies. Haleigh loves helping her clients make small changes to their lifestyle that makes a huge difference to their health. Haleigh is dedicated to assisting clients with a mind-body approach to a healthier lifestyle through education on intuitive eating, stress reduction and a whole foods approach. She is a “non-diet” dietitian and strongly supports making changes that work for each person as an individual.
(312) 779-1450 View (312) 779-1450
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Liz Blaszczak
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MA, RD, LDN, ACE-CPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
In my virtual practice, I specialize in 1:1 health coaching focused on optimizing gut & hormonal health by partnering with my clients to build a healthy mindset, manage stress, and build a nutrition foundation that is realistic without quick-fix dieting. I partner with my clients to set realistic goals promoting quality of life and personal choice. As a client, we will take a root cause approach to your symptoms and develop personalized dietary, lifestyle, and targeted supplement support to get you feeling nourished emotionally and physically. You will gain access to lab testing, a case review, follow-up and messaging support.
In my virtual practice, I specialize in 1:1 health coaching focused on optimizing gut & hormonal health by partnering with my clients to build a healthy mindset, manage stress, and build a nutrition foundation that is realistic without quick-fix dieting. I partner with my clients to set realistic goals promoting quality of life and personal choice. As a client, we will take a root cause approach to your symptoms and develop personalized dietary, lifestyle, and targeted supplement support to get you feeling nourished emotionally and physically. You will gain access to lab testing, a case review, follow-up and messaging support.
(815) 332-0752 View (815) 332-0752
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Alexis Gonzalez
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
HI, I’m Alexis! I am a HAES aligned Registered Dietitian specializing in all forms of disordered eating, substance abuse, and medical nutrition therapy. My nutrition counseling approach would be described as weight neutral, client-centered, and evidence-based. I believe everyone has the potential to actualize a life free from the burdens of dieting, the pressure of self-criticism, and the distress of consistent body dissatisfaction. I also believe clients nutritionally affected by certain medical diagnoses can find joy in preparing meals consistent with their new version of health.
HI, I’m Alexis! I am a HAES aligned Registered Dietitian specializing in all forms of disordered eating, substance abuse, and medical nutrition therapy. My nutrition counseling approach would be described as weight neutral, client-centered, and evidence-based. I believe everyone has the potential to actualize a life free from the burdens of dieting, the pressure of self-criticism, and the distress of consistent body dissatisfaction. I also believe clients nutritionally affected by certain medical diagnoses can find joy in preparing meals consistent with their new version of health.
(312) 584-3691 View (312) 584-3691
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Lisa Giannone
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Your doctor may have recently told you about a new diagnosis or lab result that requires you to change the way you eat. Clients are often overwhelmed by the amount of misleading nutrition information on the internet and it can be a challenge to manage a chronic illness when you don't know where to start.
Your doctor may have recently told you about a new diagnosis or lab result that requires you to change the way you eat. Clients are often overwhelmed by the amount of misleading nutrition information on the internet and it can be a challenge to manage a chronic illness when you don't know where to start.
(312) 313-5493 View (312) 313-5493
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Alyson Haebig
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
If you are struggling to cultivate a peaceful relationship with food, please know that you are not alone. Conflicting messages telling us how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat can make us wonder why eating has gotten so complicated. The short answer: it does not have to be. Whether you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, suffer from disordered eating, or just want to know how to nourish your body without going on another diet, I can help.
If you are struggling to cultivate a peaceful relationship with food, please know that you are not alone. Conflicting messages telling us how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat can make us wonder why eating has gotten so complicated. The short answer: it does not have to be. Whether you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, suffer from disordered eating, or just want to know how to nourish your body without going on another diet, I can help.
(312) 626-7607 View (312) 626-7607
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Naperville?

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.