Nutritionists and Dietitians in New York, NY

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Jessica Kruzan
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, RDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
Jessica specializes in working with PCOS, Disordered/Eating Disorders, Infertility Nutrition, Pre/Post Partum, Hormonal Imbalances, and other areas. She believes that a diet should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. She works with her clients to identify their goals, understand their lifestyle and preferences, and create a plan that fits their unique needs. Jessica also recognizes that food is more than just fuel for the body – it is often tied to emotions, memories, and cultural traditions. As such, she helps her clients to build a positive relationship with food.
Jessica specializes in working with PCOS, Disordered/Eating Disorders, Infertility Nutrition, Pre/Post Partum, Hormonal Imbalances, and other areas. She believes that a diet should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. She works with her clients to identify their goals, understand their lifestyle and preferences, and create a plan that fits their unique needs. Jessica also recognizes that food is more than just fuel for the body – it is often tied to emotions, memories, and cultural traditions. As such, she helps her clients to build a positive relationship with food.
(332) 239-6097 View (332) 239-6097
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Be Well. By Alana Kessler
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am a trained Registered Dietitan experienced in both the clinical and the counseling setting. I have completed the CDR certificate of training in Adult Weight Management and a Certification of Ayurveda Science, providing a unique blend of Eastern and Western diet and lifestyle guidance for over 8 years. I believe a healthy and balanced lifestyle and diet can benefit anyone and at any age. I founded the Yoga and Wellness Center Sangha Yoga Shala in 2009, serving as an urban sanctuary in Brooklyn, New York. I provide a comfortable counseling atmosphere for individuals or groups.
I am a trained Registered Dietitan experienced in both the clinical and the counseling setting. I have completed the CDR certificate of training in Adult Weight Management and a Certification of Ayurveda Science, providing a unique blend of Eastern and Western diet and lifestyle guidance for over 8 years. I believe a healthy and balanced lifestyle and diet can benefit anyone and at any age. I founded the Yoga and Wellness Center Sangha Yoga Shala in 2009, serving as an urban sanctuary in Brooklyn, New York. I provide a comfortable counseling atmosphere for individuals or groups.
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MTHR Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
MTHR Nutrition, is a concierge nutrition service for women and families during pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum.
MTHR Nutrition, is a concierge nutrition service for women and families during pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum.
(301) 321-7678 View (301) 321-7678
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Francesca Alfano
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CDN, CNS, IFNCP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013
I help women who are struggling to lose weight implement simple, sustainable food and lifestyle habits so they can support a healthy metabolism, balance hormones, increase energy levels, and permanently lose weight without counting calories or following restrictive diets. Unlike traditional diets, I use an individualized functional medicine and culinary nutrition approach to help my clients build lifelong healthy habits so they can confidently nourish their bodies in a delicious and satisfying way.
I help women who are struggling to lose weight implement simple, sustainable food and lifestyle habits so they can support a healthy metabolism, balance hormones, increase energy levels, and permanently lose weight without counting calories or following restrictive diets. Unlike traditional diets, I use an individualized functional medicine and culinary nutrition approach to help my clients build lifelong healthy habits so they can confidently nourish their bodies in a delicious and satisfying way.
(631) 856-2213 View (631) 856-2213
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Compass Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN, CLT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Do you want a fresh approach to eating without judgment, guilt or all or nothing rules? Our approach is simple: eat what you like, learn to moderate certain foods and make informed food decisions. Together individual, realistic, and measurable goals are set to track your progress and change towards a healthier lifestyle.
Do you want a fresh approach to eating without judgment, guilt or all or nothing rules? Our approach is simple: eat what you like, learn to moderate certain foods and make informed food decisions. Together individual, realistic, and measurable goals are set to track your progress and change towards a healthier lifestyle.
(347) 577-9344 View (347) 577-9344
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Sara Kahn
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CNS, CDN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10101  (Online Only)
We help you heal from IBS, SIBO, Food Intolerances, Food Sensitivities, Food Allergies, GERD, acid reflux and other chronic, hard to solve digestive issues. If you are struggling with gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation and/or diarrhea, it's time to learn your triggers and get control of your symptoms that are holding you back. We take a functional medicine approach to addressing your root cause for quick results and long-lasting relief... without super-restrictive diets or a gazillion supplements.
We help you heal from IBS, SIBO, Food Intolerances, Food Sensitivities, Food Allergies, GERD, acid reflux and other chronic, hard to solve digestive issues. If you are struggling with gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation and/or diarrhea, it's time to learn your triggers and get control of your symptoms that are holding you back. We take a functional medicine approach to addressing your root cause for quick results and long-lasting relief... without super-restrictive diets or a gazillion supplements.
(347) 572-7509 View (347) 572-7509
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Michelle Routhenstein
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDE, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I work with adults, and their families to prevent future heart attacks and strokes using science based nutrition. I work with individuals who have had a previous heart attack, bypass surgery, or you have increased risk. I also see individuals with various heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (Afib), heart failure, cardiomyopathy, increased CAC score, familial hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I create personalized science based nutrition programs and packages with a high success rate.
I work with adults, and their families to prevent future heart attacks and strokes using science based nutrition. I work with individuals who have had a previous heart attack, bypass surgery, or you have increased risk. I also see individuals with various heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation (Afib), heart failure, cardiomyopathy, increased CAC score, familial hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I create personalized science based nutrition programs and packages with a high success rate.
(646) 933-8876 View (646) 933-8876
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Robin Millet
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CEDS-C, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Our relationship with food and our bodies often gets complicated. I enjoy helping people develop a new relationship; one that is not guided by judgement or strict rules. I often work with individuals with eating disorders or erratic eating patterns and have years of experience in successfully helping people apply needed changes to their behaviors but also their thoughts and beliefs. In order to find a healthful and maintainable way of taking care of yourself I create a supportive environment as we work together to make progressive changes and deal with obstacles as they arise.
Our relationship with food and our bodies often gets complicated. I enjoy helping people develop a new relationship; one that is not guided by judgement or strict rules. I often work with individuals with eating disorders or erratic eating patterns and have years of experience in successfully helping people apply needed changes to their behaviors but also their thoughts and beliefs. In order to find a healthful and maintainable way of taking care of yourself I create a supportive environment as we work together to make progressive changes and deal with obstacles as they arise.
(917) 725-2111 View (917) 725-2111
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Rachel Dyckman
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10028
Rachel works with clients on individualized, science-backed dietary strategies to achieve sustainable, long-term health. She received her Master's in Clinical Nutrition from NYU and completed clinical training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Her nutrition philosophy is centered around optimizing the gut microbiome, the trillions of microorganisms inhabiting our gut. In applying this, Rachel helps others improve their health and prevent or manage chronic conditions.
Rachel works with clients on individualized, science-backed dietary strategies to achieve sustainable, long-term health. She received her Master's in Clinical Nutrition from NYU and completed clinical training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Her nutrition philosophy is centered around optimizing the gut microbiome, the trillions of microorganisms inhabiting our gut. In applying this, Rachel helps others improve their health and prevent or manage chronic conditions.
(347) 808-6529 View (347) 808-6529
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Laura Iu
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CDN, CNSC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I love helping my patients develop a more positive relationship with food and body image. If you're fed up with diets and ready to break free from the diet-binge-guilt cycle, I want to help. Together we can figure out a way of eating and taking care of your body, without restriction and deprivation. To facilitate this, I provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore any beliefs you hold about food and body, helping you to replace them with compassionate thoughts and effective tools to help you feel your best from the inside, out.
I love helping my patients develop a more positive relationship with food and body image. If you're fed up with diets and ready to break free from the diet-binge-guilt cycle, I want to help. Together we can figure out a way of eating and taking care of your body, without restriction and deprivation. To facilitate this, I provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore any beliefs you hold about food and body, helping you to replace them with compassionate thoughts and effective tools to help you feel your best from the inside, out.
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Jennifer Verola
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDCES
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024  (Online Only)
I am interested in the preventive side of healthcare, and truly believe food can be medicine. I view my health as one of the most important things in my life, and I want to encourage my clients to see the value in their health and accomplish their wellness goals. I personally follow a pescetarian, but mostly plant-based diet, and am a huge proponent of any type of movement. I would love to share my knowledge of food and passion for wellness with you, and help you reach your goals.
I am interested in the preventive side of healthcare, and truly believe food can be medicine. I view my health as one of the most important things in my life, and I want to encourage my clients to see the value in their health and accomplish their wellness goals. I personally follow a pescetarian, but mostly plant-based diet, and am a huge proponent of any type of movement. I would love to share my knowledge of food and passion for wellness with you, and help you reach your goals.
(516) 447-2552 View (516) 447-2552
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Diabetes Digital (Virtual Only)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I’m Teela, and I help people with diabetes and prediabetes improve their diet and overall health with small, sustainable changes. I'm a Certified Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with years of professional experience, including hospital settings, long-term care, and WIC. I received my Master of Science in Nutrition at Hunter College. My journey was born from a sincere passion for food and the belief that everyone deserves equal access to healthcare. Clients find me approachable, resourceful, and caring.
I’m Teela, and I help people with diabetes and prediabetes improve their diet and overall health with small, sustainable changes. I'm a Certified Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with years of professional experience, including hospital settings, long-term care, and WIC. I received my Master of Science in Nutrition at Hunter College. My journey was born from a sincere passion for food and the belief that everyone deserves equal access to healthcare. Clients find me approachable, resourceful, and caring.
(332) 205-9251 View (332) 205-9251
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Fit In Health ®
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I help people modify maladaptive behavioral responses through research- & trauma-informed, holistic nutrition education & counseling, movement, & meditation experiences. I aim to impower individuals to reach their full potential. My services are personalized & tailored to support your physical, mental, & emotional well-being. I believe that health is a lifestyle and behaviors can influence health status; that body size does NOT determine health status; in mental health; Western science & Eastern traditions. My practice is guided by principles of integrity, sustainability & community.
I help people modify maladaptive behavioral responses through research- & trauma-informed, holistic nutrition education & counseling, movement, & meditation experiences. I aim to impower individuals to reach their full potential. My services are personalized & tailored to support your physical, mental, & emotional well-being. I believe that health is a lifestyle and behaviors can influence health status; that body size does NOT determine health status; in mental health; Western science & Eastern traditions. My practice is guided by principles of integrity, sustainability & community.
(646) 718-9654 View (646) 718-9654
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Jackie Erin Silver
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MHSc, RD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
Hello there! I’m Jackie and I see clients 1:1 in my virtual private practice. My populations of expertise include kids, teens, and adults with autism, ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities (such as Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis). I am passionate about tailoring nutrition recommendations to neurodiverse clients that focus on their strengths and abilities with a focus on weight-inclusive care. I’ve worked with people of all ages and ability levels and am continuously taking courses to improve my skills to best support my clients.
Hello there! I’m Jackie and I see clients 1:1 in my virtual private practice. My populations of expertise include kids, teens, and adults with autism, ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities (such as Spinal Cord Injury, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis). I am passionate about tailoring nutrition recommendations to neurodiverse clients that focus on their strengths and abilities with a focus on weight-inclusive care. I’ve worked with people of all ages and ability levels and am continuously taking courses to improve my skills to best support my clients.
(646) 679-2887 View (646) 679-2887
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Kristal Pilavas
Nutritionist/Dietitian, CDN, MS, RD, CDCES, CLC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Accepting new clients! Kristal Pilavas is a believer in getting to the root cause of a nutrition condition and alleviating symptoms via a healthy diet and lifestyle. With the right goals and tools, everyone should be able to live the life they deserve and strive for. Kristal Pilavas is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist, and Certified Lactation Consultant. Kristal provides nutrition care and counseling for patients and specializes in diabetes, gestational diabetes, perinatal nutrition, heart disease, weight management and more.
Accepting new clients! Kristal Pilavas is a believer in getting to the root cause of a nutrition condition and alleviating symptoms via a healthy diet and lifestyle. With the right goals and tools, everyone should be able to live the life they deserve and strive for. Kristal Pilavas is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist, and Certified Lactation Consultant. Kristal provides nutrition care and counseling for patients and specializes in diabetes, gestational diabetes, perinatal nutrition, heart disease, weight management and more.
(646) 553-4006 View (646) 553-4006
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Elyse Metelka Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
Elyse Metelka Nutrition is a nutrition private practice located near Columbus Circle in New York City providing nutrition counseling and education. Services include one-on-one nutrition counseling, nutrition presentations to groups, and media writing or appearances. Elyse Metelka, MS, RD, CDN is the owner and founder of Elyse Metelka Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN). Her specialties include eating disorders and disordered eating, intuitive eating, weight and body image issues, health at every size (HAES), sports nutrition, nutrition for figure skaters, and vegetarian nutrition.
Elyse Metelka Nutrition is a nutrition private practice located near Columbus Circle in New York City providing nutrition counseling and education. Services include one-on-one nutrition counseling, nutrition presentations to groups, and media writing or appearances. Elyse Metelka, MS, RD, CDN is the owner and founder of Elyse Metelka Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN). Her specialties include eating disorders and disordered eating, intuitive eating, weight and body image issues, health at every size (HAES), sports nutrition, nutrition for figure skaters, and vegetarian nutrition.
(646) 593-7503 View (646) 593-7503
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Janan S Sayyed
Nutritionist/Dietitian, DC, ND, MSc, DACBN, CDC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
Welcome to Active Care Nutrition! We help Nutrition Clients with a Variety of Ailments that they may have such as Weight Loss, Allergies, Cancer, Lupus,Skin Issues, Pregnancy, Kidney, Arthritis, Digestive issues, Pediatrics Weight Loss and much more. Changing your eating habits to eating HEALTHY and making the right CHOICES! Good nutrition means the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. To make a CHANGE. Call and Make An an Appointment With Your Doctor and Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Janan Sayyed @ 917-557-7437.
Welcome to Active Care Nutrition! We help Nutrition Clients with a Variety of Ailments that they may have such as Weight Loss, Allergies, Cancer, Lupus,Skin Issues, Pregnancy, Kidney, Arthritis, Digestive issues, Pediatrics Weight Loss and much more. Changing your eating habits to eating HEALTHY and making the right CHOICES! Good nutrition means the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. To make a CHANGE. Call and Make An an Appointment With Your Doctor and Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Janan Sayyed @ 917-557-7437.
(917) 557-7437 View (917) 557-7437
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Justine M Roth
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CEDRD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am an experienced Registered Dietitian, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, medical nutrition therapy, and general nutrition counseling. I am currently the director of the nutrition department at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, an in-patient treatment unit at Columbia University Medical Center. My philosophy is founded on the principle that being healthy does not require dieting or deprivation. We will work towards creating a healthy relationship with food by normalizing eating behaviors and developing the skills to make mindful decisions about food and your body.
I am an experienced Registered Dietitian, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, medical nutrition therapy, and general nutrition counseling. I am currently the director of the nutrition department at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, an in-patient treatment unit at Columbia University Medical Center. My philosophy is founded on the principle that being healthy does not require dieting or deprivation. We will work towards creating a healthy relationship with food by normalizing eating behaviors and developing the skills to make mindful decisions about food and your body.
(732) 654-2060 View (732) 654-2060
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Rebecca Tolan Cruse
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10028
Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping others develop a deeper, realistic understanding of nutrition concepts. Rebecca’s counseling style is compassionate and exploratory. She feels strongly there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, and finds most success through a collaborative approach. Rebecca practices from a weight-neutral and functional lens, always searching for the root causes of her patient’s symptoms.
Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping others develop a deeper, realistic understanding of nutrition concepts. Rebecca’s counseling style is compassionate and exploratory. She feels strongly there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, and finds most success through a collaborative approach. Rebecca practices from a weight-neutral and functional lens, always searching for the root causes of her patient’s symptoms.
(914) 825-6699 View (914) 825-6699
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Carlos Fragoso
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10065  (Online Only)
Are you tired of going on and off diets? Are you ready to find peace with food and feel good in your body? Welcome to Nutrethos - a place where we take the confusion out of nutrition and health. Nutrethos is a holistic nutrition and health practice that provides one-on-one counseling and education to anyone looking to achieve their nutritional and wellness goals. Nutrethos was founded on the belief that wellbeing starts with good nutrition, which can mean something different for everyone. We recognize these differences and believe that through highly individualized nutrition counseling we can help you take control of your health.
Are you tired of going on and off diets? Are you ready to find peace with food and feel good in your body? Welcome to Nutrethos - a place where we take the confusion out of nutrition and health. Nutrethos is a holistic nutrition and health practice that provides one-on-one counseling and education to anyone looking to achieve their nutritional and wellness goals. Nutrethos was founded on the belief that wellbeing starts with good nutrition, which can mean something different for everyone. We recognize these differences and believe that through highly individualized nutrition counseling we can help you take control of your health.
(646) 349-1518 View (646) 349-1518
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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in New York?

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.