Nutritionists and Dietitians in New York, NY

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Pure Wellness and Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN, CPT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I am a NYC Registered Dietitian- Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. I received my master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed my training with Northwell Health System. I have extensive experience in clinical nutrition, behavioral modification and holistic wellness counseling, guiding and empowering my clients to reach their optimal nutrition and wellness.
I am a NYC Registered Dietitian- Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. I received my master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed my training with Northwell Health System. I have extensive experience in clinical nutrition, behavioral modification and holistic wellness counseling, guiding and empowering my clients to reach their optimal nutrition and wellness.
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Diabetes Digital (Telehealth Diabetes Nutrition)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDCES
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Waitlist for new clients
Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, I've helped hundreds of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
Ready to empower yourself in managing your diabetes or prediabetes? With over 12 years of experience, I've helped hundreds of clients lower their blood glucose levels and reclaim their lives. Imagine a future filled with energy, freedom, and confidence. At Diabetes Digital, our personalized 1-on-1 nutrition counseling is designed to suit your unique needs, cultural background, and preferences. We'll guide you towards nourishing food options and finding a comfortable balance that works for you. No more rigid rules or restrictive diets. We'll help you discover delicious and satisfying meals that align with your health goals.
(332) 263-3789 View (332) 263-3789
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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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Brown & Medina Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
Brown & Medina Nutrition (formerly of Joy Bauer Nutrition) is a comprehensive private nutrition practice specializing in individual and family nutrition counseling for all ages. Our eclectic group of registered dietitians caters to the diverse needs of our patients and collectively specializes in eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating), weight management, pediatric nutrition (failure to thrive, picky eaters, food allergies, epilepsy and weight control), gastrointestinal diseases (IBS, Crohn's, Colitis, reflux), diabetes, sports nutrition, pregnancy related issues & cardiovascular disease. We also treat those with PDD, autism and provide family meal planning.
Brown & Medina Nutrition (formerly of Joy Bauer Nutrition) is a comprehensive private nutrition practice specializing in individual and family nutrition counseling for all ages. Our eclectic group of registered dietitians caters to the diverse needs of our patients and collectively specializes in eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating), weight management, pediatric nutrition (failure to thrive, picky eaters, food allergies, epilepsy and weight control), gastrointestinal diseases (IBS, Crohn's, Colitis, reflux), diabetes, sports nutrition, pregnancy related issues & cardiovascular disease. We also treat those with PDD, autism and provide family meal planning.
(646) 480-6240 View (646) 480-6240
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Michele Goldfine
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I'm a dietitian specializing in disordered eating, eating disorders, chronic dieting and intuitive eating. I provide a warm, open, and non-judgmental space to help you create a peaceful relationship with food, while developing a personalized and balanced approach to health and well-being that works for you. Do you feel preoccupied with thoughts about food and your weight, or perhaps you feel like you can’t be trusted to keep your favorite foods in your house? Maybe you feel anxiety around going out to eat with friends or that you feel stuck counting points/calories. If any of these resonate, I'd love to work with you!
I'm a dietitian specializing in disordered eating, eating disorders, chronic dieting and intuitive eating. I provide a warm, open, and non-judgmental space to help you create a peaceful relationship with food, while developing a personalized and balanced approach to health and well-being that works for you. Do you feel preoccupied with thoughts about food and your weight, or perhaps you feel like you can’t be trusted to keep your favorite foods in your house? Maybe you feel anxiety around going out to eat with friends or that you feel stuck counting points/calories. If any of these resonate, I'd love to work with you!
(347) 252-9364 View (347) 252-9364
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Cristina Veltri Illien
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
Cristina is a Registered Dietitian passionate about educating patients to empower them to live their healthiest lives. She delivers a science-based approach that guides her patients to be less reliant on medications and to manage chronic conditions through proper nourishment. She also believes in a whole-body approach to health and that it can be achieved not only through good nutrition, but also through certain self-care practices.
Cristina is a Registered Dietitian passionate about educating patients to empower them to live their healthiest lives. She delivers a science-based approach that guides her patients to be less reliant on medications and to manage chronic conditions through proper nourishment. She also believes in a whole-body approach to health and that it can be achieved not only through good nutrition, but also through certain self-care practices.
(347) 846-2831 View (347) 846-2831
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Catherine Theodorou
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Not Verified Not Verified
New York, NY 10010
Catherine obtained a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science and has over 17 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. Catherine has experience developing nutrition programs for a health and well-being company and a rehabilitation center. She especially enjoys the one-to-one interaction and relationship that blossoms when working with clients. During sessions with Catherine, you can expect a non-judgmental, confidential, and client centered conversation. She will meet you where you are at in your health and wellness journey and assist with setting SMART goals.
Catherine obtained a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science and has over 17 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. Catherine has experience developing nutrition programs for a health and well-being company and a rehabilitation center. She especially enjoys the one-to-one interaction and relationship that blossoms when working with clients. During sessions with Catherine, you can expect a non-judgmental, confidential, and client centered conversation. She will meet you where you are at in your health and wellness journey and assist with setting SMART goals.
(332) 378-5222 View (332) 378-5222
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Madeline Rose Alfiero
Nutritionist/Dietitian, LDN, RD, MS, RYT-275
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10271  (Online Only)
My name is Madeline Alfiero and I am the sole owner of Osea Nutrition. I am a Licensed Registered Dietitian, a certified confidence coach and mindfulness nutritionist as well as a yoga and pilates instructor. I work solely with women to help them live their best life. Women who seek nutrition counseling from me decide that it's time to put their health and wellness first. Essentially, my client's goal is to improve their quality of life and become unstoppable!
My name is Madeline Alfiero and I am the sole owner of Osea Nutrition. I am a Licensed Registered Dietitian, a certified confidence coach and mindfulness nutritionist as well as a yoga and pilates instructor. I work solely with women to help them live their best life. Women who seek nutrition counseling from me decide that it's time to put their health and wellness first. Essentially, my client's goal is to improve their quality of life and become unstoppable!
(561) 823-5081 View (561) 823-5081
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Shelley Rothbart
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10065
I provide customized nutritional plans created around your individual medical needs. I have over 20 years of experience having worked at several NY Hospitals including Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York Presbyterian and have publications in major medical journals. I have seen significant weight loss results in my clients and improvement in cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and diabetic control..I work intimately with each individual providing a high level of support and personal attention. I am a very goal oriented person, I don't want to prolong the process of reaching achievement.
I provide customized nutritional plans created around your individual medical needs. I have over 20 years of experience having worked at several NY Hospitals including Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York Presbyterian and have publications in major medical journals. I have seen significant weight loss results in my clients and improvement in cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and diabetic control..I work intimately with each individual providing a high level of support and personal attention. I am a very goal oriented person, I don't want to prolong the process of reaching achievement.
(646) 362-5321 View (646) 362-5321
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Colleen D Webb
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CLT
Not Verified Not Verified
New York, NY 10021
Eat well, feel well. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I help people with digestive issues figure out what foods make them feel their healthiest, strongest, and most energized so they can live life to its fullest. I work closely with my patients to identify and overcome barriers to healthy eating, and I personalize each visit to meet the individual needs and preferences of my clients. I love food and so I focus a lot on what to eat and how to make foods taste good.
Eat well, feel well. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I help people with digestive issues figure out what foods make them feel their healthiest, strongest, and most energized so they can live life to its fullest. I work closely with my patients to identify and overcome barriers to healthy eating, and I personalize each visit to meet the individual needs and preferences of my clients. I love food and so I focus a lot on what to eat and how to make foods taste good.
(646) 791-3597 View (646) 791-3597
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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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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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Tanisha Bandoo
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CDN/LDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
Tanisha Bandoo is a registered dietitian nutritionist licensed in New York, Connecticut, and Florida. She has worked with a diverse patient population, including adolescents and adults in residential, IOP/PHP, and outpatient levels. At these facilities, she led cooking and nutrition education groups, provided meal support, and developed comprehensive nutritional meal plans. She has experience with ARFID, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, BED, and other nutritional medical conditions.
Tanisha Bandoo is a registered dietitian nutritionist licensed in New York, Connecticut, and Florida. She has worked with a diverse patient population, including adolescents and adults in residential, IOP/PHP, and outpatient levels. At these facilities, she led cooking and nutrition education groups, provided meal support, and developed comprehensive nutritional meal plans. She has experience with ARFID, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, BED, and other nutritional medical conditions.
(914) 483-5175 View (914) 483-5175
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Anna Petersen
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN, MS
Not Verified Not Verified
New York, NY 10010
Anna Petersen is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in the state of Illinois. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and has 10+ years of clinical experience, providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to complex patients in a fast paced acute care setting. Anna’s experience as an inpatient dietitian has provided her with a strong foundation, working with various disease states as well as diverse populations throughout the lifespan.
Anna Petersen is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in the state of Illinois. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and has 10+ years of clinical experience, providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to complex patients in a fast paced acute care setting. Anna’s experience as an inpatient dietitian has provided her with a strong foundation, working with various disease states as well as diverse populations throughout the lifespan.
(630) 657-0731 View (630) 657-0731
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Rachel Laster
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036
Rachel is a compassionate, board-certified nutrition expert with more than nine years of experience supporting patients with specialized health needs. She is passionate about working with patients in underserved communities. Both within and beyond her practice, Rachel is an advocate for patients facing the challenges of chronic disease. Her approach is deeply rooted in inclusive, thoughtful care that brings cultural competence to every interaction.
Rachel is a compassionate, board-certified nutrition expert with more than nine years of experience supporting patients with specialized health needs. She is passionate about working with patients in underserved communities. Both within and beyond her practice, Rachel is an advocate for patients facing the challenges of chronic disease. Her approach is deeply rooted in inclusive, thoughtful care that brings cultural competence to every interaction.
(929) 209-9128 View (929) 209-9128
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Jillian Mergruen
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021
If you are struggling with your relationship with food, movement or your body, we might be a good fit to work together! I am a registered dietitian based in New York City who specializes in disordered eating and eating disorder treatment as well as other nutrition-related issues, like diabetes and GI nutrition. If you often feel pre-occupied with food or your body, struggle with feeling chaotic or in control around food, or if it feels hard to feel confident in your food choices, we can do this work together! I am here to support you in finding peace with food and your body. My goal is to help you do sustainable work with support!
If you are struggling with your relationship with food, movement or your body, we might be a good fit to work together! I am a registered dietitian based in New York City who specializes in disordered eating and eating disorder treatment as well as other nutrition-related issues, like diabetes and GI nutrition. If you often feel pre-occupied with food or your body, struggle with feeling chaotic or in control around food, or if it feels hard to feel confident in your food choices, we can do this work together! I am here to support you in finding peace with food and your body. My goal is to help you do sustainable work with support!
(516) 604-3316 View (516) 604-3316
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Natalie Van Beek
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, LDN
Not Verified Not Verified
New York, NY 10010
Natalie is a Board-Certified Registered Dietitian licensed in the state of Illinois. She attended Dominican University, where she completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as her MS in Nutrition. Spanning her career, Natalie has worked with a wide variety of individuals, from adolescents to adults with varying health conditions. It was after working with a private practice group in Chicago that Natalie discovered her passion for helping those suffering with eating disorders or years of disordered eating patterns repair their relationship with food.
Natalie is a Board-Certified Registered Dietitian licensed in the state of Illinois. She attended Dominican University, where she completed her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as her MS in Nutrition. Spanning her career, Natalie has worked with a wide variety of individuals, from adolescents to adults with varying health conditions. It was after working with a private practice group in Chicago that Natalie discovered her passion for helping those suffering with eating disorders or years of disordered eating patterns repair their relationship with food.
(332) 239-7311 View (332) 239-7311
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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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Estee Glikman
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CDN, RYT 200
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
Estee Glikman RDN, CDN, RYT 200 (she/her) is a non-diet registered dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and yoga teacher. Estee’s nutrition and yoga philosophy is rooted in love and acceptance and is largely focused on gently empowering both children and adults to make nourishing choices for their bodies (with food and movement). Estee graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Queens College and then completed her Dietetic Internship at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.
Estee Glikman RDN, CDN, RYT 200 (she/her) is a non-diet registered dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and yoga teacher. Estee’s nutrition and yoga philosophy is rooted in love and acceptance and is largely focused on gently empowering both children and adults to make nourishing choices for their bodies (with food and movement). Estee graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Queens College and then completed her Dietetic Internship at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.
(347) 897-0323 View (347) 897-0323
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Abigail Rapaport
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I help simplify nutrition so you can eat smarter and optimize your body, mind and health. I am a realist and believe your food plan should fit your lifestyle - whether you’re managing an illness like epilepsy, trying to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or just want feel and look your best. I get it; we are all constantly bombarded with different diets and workouts that guarantee weight loss or health cures. Most of the time, they lead to feeling overwhelmed, cyclical dieting and feeling deprived. With my help, you can learn how to put an end to your health struggles and start to look and feel your best starting today.
I help simplify nutrition so you can eat smarter and optimize your body, mind and health. I am a realist and believe your food plan should fit your lifestyle - whether you’re managing an illness like epilepsy, trying to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or just want feel and look your best. I get it; we are all constantly bombarded with different diets and workouts that guarantee weight loss or health cures. Most of the time, they lead to feeling overwhelmed, cyclical dieting and feeling deprived. With my help, you can learn how to put an end to your health struggles and start to look and feel your best starting today.
(646) 362-3908 View (646) 362-3908
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.