Nutritionists and Dietitians in Buncombe County, NC

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Photo of Kendra Leanne Gaffney - Nutritious Thoughts, LLC, RD, LDN, CEDS-C, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Nutritious Thoughts, LLC
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, CEDS-C
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
We provide support around Eating Disorders, Eating Concerns, Embodiment, Nutrition for Substance Use Recovery, Nutrition for Mental Health, Nutrition for Competitive & Recreational Athletes, Chronic Health Concerns, and Gestational, Hormonal & Reproductive health. Nutritious Thoughts is a team of compassion-centered dietitians located in Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, and Cary, North Carolina, practicing under the philosophy that humans of all body sizes, shapes, & abilities are worthy of care. We strive to create an authentic human experience through connection & creating positive relationships with food.
We provide support around Eating Disorders, Eating Concerns, Embodiment, Nutrition for Substance Use Recovery, Nutrition for Mental Health, Nutrition for Competitive & Recreational Athletes, Chronic Health Concerns, and Gestational, Hormonal & Reproductive health. Nutritious Thoughts is a team of compassion-centered dietitians located in Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, and Cary, North Carolina, practicing under the philosophy that humans of all body sizes, shapes, & abilities are worthy of care. We strive to create an authentic human experience through connection & creating positive relationships with food.
(828) 348-5822 View (828) 348-5822
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Julia Pleasant
Nutritionist/Dietitian, LDN, RD
Verified Verified
I am an integrative and functional registered dietitian. I help individuals from all walks of life optimize their nutrition, health, and wellness through a holistic, weight-inclusive, and personalized approach. One of my core beliefs as a practitioner is that YOU are the expert of your own body. I'm simply here to guide, educate, and empower you along your healing journey.
I am an integrative and functional registered dietitian. I help individuals from all walks of life optimize their nutrition, health, and wellness through a holistic, weight-inclusive, and personalized approach. One of my core beliefs as a practitioner is that YOU are the expert of your own body. I'm simply here to guide, educate, and empower you along your healing journey.
(828) 268-3254 View (828) 268-3254
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Growing Inward Nutrition Collective
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
Our hope is to accompany you on your journey of re-discovering the sacred connection to your body while healing your relationship with food. Everyone is born with intuitive wisdom to nourish and care for themselves, no matter how dormant it may feel. We use a non-diet approach to nutrition based on intuitive eating principles, weight-inclusive, and flexible thinking. We specialize in nutrition therapy for eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic dieting. We are passionate about incorporating somatic modalities and integrating functional nutrition approaches and eco-therapy into nutrition counseling.
Our hope is to accompany you on your journey of re-discovering the sacred connection to your body while healing your relationship with food. Everyone is born with intuitive wisdom to nourish and care for themselves, no matter how dormant it may feel. We use a non-diet approach to nutrition based on intuitive eating principles, weight-inclusive, and flexible thinking. We specialize in nutrition therapy for eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic dieting. We are passionate about incorporating somatic modalities and integrating functional nutrition approaches and eco-therapy into nutrition counseling.
(626) 605-1838 View (626) 605-1838
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Denise Barratt
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28806
Begin your new journey taking care of you with some new menu and recipe ideas that meet your personal needs. The nutrition guidance that I share is evidence based so that you can be sure that it is safe and effective. We will discuss goals & behavior changes along with the challenges that get in the way of your success. You may already be achieving some progress but want new insight from a supportive team member to encourage you to the find momentum to reach new possibilities! I would love to be a supportive partner so you can feel your best! Check out my Fresh Approach to Eating Programs and my food blog for eating inspiration!
Begin your new journey taking care of you with some new menu and recipe ideas that meet your personal needs. The nutrition guidance that I share is evidence based so that you can be sure that it is safe and effective. We will discuss goals & behavior changes along with the challenges that get in the way of your success. You may already be achieving some progress but want new insight from a supportive team member to encourage you to the find momentum to reach new possibilities! I would love to be a supportive partner so you can feel your best! Check out my Fresh Approach to Eating Programs and my food blog for eating inspiration!
(828) 479-5990 View (828) 479-5990
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Gluten Freedom Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28803
My ideal client is someone that has received a medical diagnosis that requires a gluten-free diet, such as Celiac Disease. They may be newly diagnosed, or still struggling with symptoms after already starting the gluten-free diet. They understand that their condition is lifelong and they want to learn how to best support themselves and their health by learning how to incorporate the gluten-free diet into their everyday life. They don't want their diagnosis to run their life, instead they want to continue working towards their life goals and not let their diagnosis stop them from living their best life.
My ideal client is someone that has received a medical diagnosis that requires a gluten-free diet, such as Celiac Disease. They may be newly diagnosed, or still struggling with symptoms after already starting the gluten-free diet. They understand that their condition is lifelong and they want to learn how to best support themselves and their health by learning how to incorporate the gluten-free diet into their everyday life. They don't want their diagnosis to run their life, instead they want to continue working towards their life goals and not let their diagnosis stop them from living their best life.
(828) 539-4355 View (828) 539-4355
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Samantha Berkowitz
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801  (Online Only)
I offer weight-inclusive care to neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating habits, and chronic dieting. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their relationship with food and body, and to empower them to make decisions that align with their own unique needs and values.
I offer weight-inclusive care to neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating habits, and chronic dieting. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their relationship with food and body, and to empower them to make decisions that align with their own unique needs and values.
(828) 656-5497 View (828) 656-5497
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Michelle Rizzi Shelfer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28806
My goal is to meet people where they are, and aid them in building a sustainable relationship with food and movement. I educate on how improving their nutrition can improve their mental and emotional health along with their physical well-being. I focus on "Improvement, not perfection!" As a certified group fitness instructor for over 22 years, I am able to help clients design a movement plan that works for them. While using a H.A.E.S, and intuitive eating approach, they are able to enjoy the journey of improvibg their relationship with food and movement.
My goal is to meet people where they are, and aid them in building a sustainable relationship with food and movement. I educate on how improving their nutrition can improve their mental and emotional health along with their physical well-being. I focus on "Improvement, not perfection!" As a certified group fitness instructor for over 22 years, I am able to help clients design a movement plan that works for them. While using a H.A.E.S, and intuitive eating approach, they are able to enjoy the journey of improvibg their relationship with food and movement.
(828) 337-5148 View (828) 337-5148
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Traci Malone Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MHS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Are you feeling frustrated with dieting, following rigid eating plans, or overwhelmed with so much nutrition information out there? Are you looking for a positive and sustainable relationship with food and your body or hoping to better manage a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or PCOS? I focus on a non-diet health first approach and together we create a personalized nutrition plan that helps you meet your individual nutrition goals. I enjoy working with adults, teens, and families with young children. My services are covered by most BCBS health insurance policies.
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Are you feeling frustrated with dieting, following rigid eating plans, or overwhelmed with so much nutrition information out there? Are you looking for a positive and sustainable relationship with food and your body or hoping to better manage a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or PCOS? I focus on a non-diet health first approach and together we create a personalized nutrition plan that helps you meet your individual nutrition goals. I enjoy working with adults, teens, and families with young children. My services are covered by most BCBS health insurance policies.
(828) 592-2592 View (828) 592-2592
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Jessica Mae Gilbreath
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CNS, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28804
I’m Jessica Gilbreath — Licensed Dietician Nutritionist — and I’m here to take the confusion and frustration out of food through a nutrition approach that works for you. With a focus on healing through a root-cause approach — this is shame-free, personalized nutrition that puts you in the driver’s seat. We’ll navigate your unique health challenges, through assessments and analysis, to discover not only WHAT is happening in your body, but WHY it is happening.
I’m Jessica Gilbreath — Licensed Dietician Nutritionist — and I’m here to take the confusion and frustration out of food through a nutrition approach that works for you. With a focus on healing through a root-cause approach — this is shame-free, personalized nutrition that puts you in the driver’s seat. We’ll navigate your unique health challenges, through assessments and analysis, to discover not only WHAT is happening in your body, but WHY it is happening.
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Emily Gresh
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28805  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and weight & body image concerns. I’m experienced in working with ADHD and those wanting to understand and optimize hormonal health. I’m passionate about incorporating somatic techniques and integrating functional nutrition approaches and ecotherapy into nutrition counseling. I use a non-diet, weight-inclusive, and intuitive eating approach to nutrition.
I specialize in working with those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and weight & body image concerns. I’m experienced in working with ADHD and those wanting to understand and optimize hormonal health. I’m passionate about incorporating somatic techniques and integrating functional nutrition approaches and ecotherapy into nutrition counseling. I use a non-diet, weight-inclusive, and intuitive eating approach to nutrition.
(828) 392-5884 View (828) 392-5884
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Morgan Rossi
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28804
Are you exhausted by feeling out of control around food? Interested in building habits that nourish you based on your individual needs and capacity? While I have experience working with a wide variety of EDs and disordered eating patterns, I especially enjoy working with those experiencing distress from emotional eating, burn-out, ARFID, and Binge Eating Disorder. I am additionally passionate about supporting queer folks and those who identify as neurodivergent.
Are you exhausted by feeling out of control around food? Interested in building habits that nourish you based on your individual needs and capacity? While I have experience working with a wide variety of EDs and disordered eating patterns, I especially enjoy working with those experiencing distress from emotional eating, burn-out, ARFID, and Binge Eating Disorder. I am additionally passionate about supporting queer folks and those who identify as neurodivergent.
(828) 522-9371 View (828) 522-9371
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Katie Schwartz
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Arden, NC 28704
I offer a weight neutral, client-centered, non-judgmental, trauma informed and somatically oriented approach to nutrition counseling where we work together to explore and heal your relationship with food and body image. I specialize in working with folks who have eating disorders, disordered eating, diabetes, PCOS and athletes. These experiences help inform my nutrition practice and I’m excited to continue to learn from the clients I have the privilege of working with now.
I offer a weight neutral, client-centered, non-judgmental, trauma informed and somatically oriented approach to nutrition counseling where we work together to explore and heal your relationship with food and body image. I specialize in working with folks who have eating disorders, disordered eating, diabetes, PCOS and athletes. These experiences help inform my nutrition practice and I’m excited to continue to learn from the clients I have the privilege of working with now.
(704) 610-4201 View (704) 610-4201
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Sarah Poling
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28805  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a North Carolina-based Registered Dietitian with the group practice Karuna Wellness Studio, who sees clients virtually across the US. Karuna is a group practice that offers nutrition and movement services through a anti-diet, HAES-aligned, weight-neutral approach. We integrate elements of lifestyle medicine & nutritional psychiatry to serve as health advocates for our clients, promoting both physical and mental health. With clients, I create safe space where her clients can discover their authentic selves, meet their needs while rediscovering joy, and work toward autonomy in their relationship with food and body.
Hello! I am a North Carolina-based Registered Dietitian with the group practice Karuna Wellness Studio, who sees clients virtually across the US. Karuna is a group practice that offers nutrition and movement services through a anti-diet, HAES-aligned, weight-neutral approach. We integrate elements of lifestyle medicine & nutritional psychiatry to serve as health advocates for our clients, promoting both physical and mental health. With clients, I create safe space where her clients can discover their authentic selves, meet their needs while rediscovering joy, and work toward autonomy in their relationship with food and body.
(980) 351-3524 View (980) 351-3524
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Lauren Furgiuele
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
I work with adults looking to take a food-first approach to balance hormones, optimize fertility, improve gut issues, support autoimmunity, increase energy, and reduce cravings, aches, and pains. While trained in functional nutrition, I focus on treating the whole person with not only nutrition, but other evidence-based health practices such as movement, stress management, and sleep hygiene to address root causes. My goal is to leave you with less confusion and cravings, and more energy to live your life day-to-day, confidence in your ability to maintain your health, and excitement around food!
I work with adults looking to take a food-first approach to balance hormones, optimize fertility, improve gut issues, support autoimmunity, increase energy, and reduce cravings, aches, and pains. While trained in functional nutrition, I focus on treating the whole person with not only nutrition, but other evidence-based health practices such as movement, stress management, and sleep hygiene to address root causes. My goal is to leave you with less confusion and cravings, and more energy to live your life day-to-day, confidence in your ability to maintain your health, and excitement around food!
(828) 383-9686 View (828) 383-9686
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Emily Burns
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28806  (Online Only)
Emily practices out of Health Loft and specializes in working with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Plant Based Diets, Digestive Issues, Body Image Concerns and other conditions. She strongly believes that all foods fit and strives to help clients in their food freedom journey. Using a weight neutral and non-judgemental approach, Emily believes that health is multifactorial and will work to see you as a person, rather than a diagnosis. Emily has spent the majority of her career in higher levels of care for eating disorder treatment (RES, PHP, IOP) treating various eating disorders diagnoses.
Emily practices out of Health Loft and specializes in working with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Plant Based Diets, Digestive Issues, Body Image Concerns and other conditions. She strongly believes that all foods fit and strives to help clients in their food freedom journey. Using a weight neutral and non-judgemental approach, Emily believes that health is multifactorial and will work to see you as a person, rather than a diagnosis. Emily has spent the majority of her career in higher levels of care for eating disorder treatment (RES, PHP, IOP) treating various eating disorders diagnoses.
(980) 575-0909 View (980) 575-0909
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Taft Draper Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CSSD, CSCS, CLT
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
Each patient that comes in to see me has a story to tell. I listen and address the root causes that guides each person towards a path to health and well-being. We will create an individualized program that includes meal planning and recipes, along with a functional approach to feeling better and getting the results you want. If needed, we can test for food sensitivities using LEAP/MRT, hormones, micronutrient deficiencies, cardiometabolic, and stool testing for gut health. This holistic approach assesses someone's body as a whole to bring balance back into one's life.
Each patient that comes in to see me has a story to tell. I listen and address the root causes that guides each person towards a path to health and well-being. We will create an individualized program that includes meal planning and recipes, along with a functional approach to feeling better and getting the results you want. If needed, we can test for food sensitivities using LEAP/MRT, hormones, micronutrient deficiencies, cardiometabolic, and stool testing for gut health. This holistic approach assesses someone's body as a whole to bring balance back into one's life.
(828) 835-2858 View (828) 835-2858
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Lindsey Grauman
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
Navigating food and diet in our society can be confusing (diet-culture, anyone?). It it easy to feel as though the recommendations for how we are supposed to eat changes from day-to-day. Increase fruit, but not too much, but on Sunday's don't eat fruit; Try Keto for 24 hours and then eat a high carb meal; Make sure you're eating protein and only protein, but remember that too much protein is bad for you. Yikes. No wonder you're seeking guidance from a Registered Dietitian (RD)! Working with me is a place to come to receive factual nutrition information about how to properly feed your body to feel your best.
Navigating food and diet in our society can be confusing (diet-culture, anyone?). It it easy to feel as though the recommendations for how we are supposed to eat changes from day-to-day. Increase fruit, but not too much, but on Sunday's don't eat fruit; Try Keto for 24 hours and then eat a high carb meal; Make sure you're eating protein and only protein, but remember that too much protein is bad for you. Yikes. No wonder you're seeking guidance from a Registered Dietitian (RD)! Working with me is a place to come to receive factual nutrition information about how to properly feed your body to feel your best.
(406) 641-5037 View (406) 641-5037
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Calle Fulton
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28803  (Online Only)
I'm Calle! Registered Dietitian and owner of Renourished Co. Functional Nutrition. Picture this: living your best life free of gut issues, hormone imbalances, and with glowing, make-up free skin. It’s truly possible. I am so passionate about helping women with their gut, hormone, and skin issues because I have been in your shoes.
I'm Calle! Registered Dietitian and owner of Renourished Co. Functional Nutrition. Picture this: living your best life free of gut issues, hormone imbalances, and with glowing, make-up free skin. It’s truly possible. I am so passionate about helping women with their gut, hormone, and skin issues because I have been in your shoes.
(423) 583-9797 View (423) 583-9797
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Kathryn Gantt
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MHS, RD, LDN, RYT200
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28803
Are you looking to repair your relationship to food? Are you struggling in postpartum to nourish yourself and find love for this new body? I am here to help! I’m an eating disorder and pregnancy/postpartum dietitian, compassionately helping you find health without dieting. I am yoga certified and a mom of two. I use a non-diet and trauma informed approach to help you find a positive relationship to food and your body. Whether it is help with general nutrition, disordered eating patterns or help feeding yourself and your little ones, I can help you find a solution that works and is sustainable. Reach out for a free discovery call!
Are you looking to repair your relationship to food? Are you struggling in postpartum to nourish yourself and find love for this new body? I am here to help! I’m an eating disorder and pregnancy/postpartum dietitian, compassionately helping you find health without dieting. I am yoga certified and a mom of two. I use a non-diet and trauma informed approach to help you find a positive relationship to food and your body. Whether it is help with general nutrition, disordered eating patterns or help feeding yourself and your little ones, I can help you find a solution that works and is sustainable. Reach out for a free discovery call!
(828) 800-9804 View (828) 800-9804
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Emily Rose Wheeler
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CSR, LDN
Verified Verified
Arden, NC 28704
Do you struggle knowing what foods are good for your kidney health? Do you see conflicting information online and feel confused about what is best for you? Did you only get a one page handout from your nephrologist with foods to avoid and foods to eat? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are not alone and you are in the right place! Feeling overwhelmed about what to eat to improve and protect your kidney function is all too common. As a Renal Dietitian with over 10 year of experience, I help adults with CKD protect their kidneys and improve energy levels by increasing confidence with food.
Do you struggle knowing what foods are good for your kidney health? Do you see conflicting information online and feel confused about what is best for you? Did you only get a one page handout from your nephrologist with foods to avoid and foods to eat? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are not alone and you are in the right place! Feeling overwhelmed about what to eat to improve and protect your kidney function is all too common. As a Renal Dietitian with over 10 year of experience, I help adults with CKD protect their kidneys and improve energy levels by increasing confidence with food.
(828) 537-4468 View (828) 537-4468
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Buncombe 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.