Nutritionists and Dietitians in New York County, NY

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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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Coleen Gail De Vol
Nutritionist/Dietitian
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I'm a NYC & Brooklyn Nutritionist and Health Coach here to help you achieve weight loss via a healthy diet, gain energy, clear up digestive issues, stop sugar addiction, manage depression, clear up skin conditions, eliminate cramps & PMS, manage PCOS and learn how to eat healthfully in an increasingly unhealthy world. Click get started or the free consultation link from my website for a free consult. I take this time hear all about your goals and concerns and explain the details of how my program works. I look forward to meeting you!
I'm a NYC & Brooklyn Nutritionist and Health Coach here to help you achieve weight loss via a healthy diet, gain energy, clear up digestive issues, stop sugar addiction, manage depression, clear up skin conditions, eliminate cramps & PMS, manage PCOS and learn how to eat healthfully in an increasingly unhealthy world. Click get started or the free consultation link from my website for a free consult. I take this time hear all about your goals and concerns and explain the details of how my program works. I look forward to meeting you!
(646) 552-2556 View (646) 552-2556
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Alexis Cascone
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028  (Online Only)
Nearly 95 percent of my insurance clients pay $0 out of pocket for their sessions! I specialize in lactation support, women's health (pre-and-post pregnancy), pediatrics, and digestive disorders. When we work together, I'll guide you through creating a plan that works for YOU, based on your body's needs, lifestyle, and food preferences. Together, we'll simplify the complexities of nutrition during crucial life stages. Let's make your wellness adventure enjoyable, achievable, and sustainable! Email me for the quickest response or book now using this link: bit.ly/bookRDnow
Nearly 95 percent of my insurance clients pay $0 out of pocket for their sessions! I specialize in lactation support, women's health (pre-and-post pregnancy), pediatrics, and digestive disorders. When we work together, I'll guide you through creating a plan that works for YOU, based on your body's needs, lifestyle, and food preferences. Together, we'll simplify the complexities of nutrition during crucial life stages. Let's make your wellness adventure enjoyable, achievable, and sustainable! Email me for the quickest response or book now using this link: bit.ly/bookRDnow
(646) 718-6384 View (646) 718-6384
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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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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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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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Jamie Schwartz
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10075  (Online Only)
Jamie is a Registered Dietitia with Health Loft who takes a compassionate approach to nutrition therapy by meeting people where they are in their personal journeys and helping them make incremental changes in order to restore a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. She understands the harmful nature of diet culture and takes an approach to nutrition therapy that is both affirming and sustainable. She will tailor a treatment plan based in an individual’s specific needs and goals, always striving towards a place of recovery and growth.
Jamie is a Registered Dietitia with Health Loft who takes a compassionate approach to nutrition therapy by meeting people where they are in their personal journeys and helping them make incremental changes in order to restore a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. She understands the harmful nature of diet culture and takes an approach to nutrition therapy that is both affirming and sustainable. She will tailor a treatment plan based in an individual’s specific needs and goals, always striving towards a place of recovery and growth.
(646) 956-1170 View (646) 956-1170
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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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Amity Lui
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028  (Online Only)
Nearly 95 percent of my insurance clients pay $0 out of pocket for their sessions! When we work together I'll give you the tools needed to feel confident in your food choices and in control around food. I specialize in sports nutrition and eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating). Whether you're looking to optimize athletic performance through nutrition, or trying to improve your relationship with food, I'm here to support you along the way. I'll guide you through creating a plan that works for YOU, based on your body's needs, lifestyle, and food preferences.
Nearly 95 percent of my insurance clients pay $0 out of pocket for their sessions! When we work together I'll give you the tools needed to feel confident in your food choices and in control around food. I specialize in sports nutrition and eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating). Whether you're looking to optimize athletic performance through nutrition, or trying to improve your relationship with food, I'm here to support you along the way. I'll guide you through creating a plan that works for YOU, based on your body's needs, lifestyle, and food preferences.
(347) 970-8993 View (347) 970-8993
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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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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
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Isabelle Carren-Le Sauter
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am an eating disorder dietitian and I work with clients to explore food freedom and body liberation in a world where these things can be difficult to find. I create a non-judgmental space and build trust with those I work with through shared decision making, curious and creative exploration, and my own authentic and vulnerable communication. I am deeply rooted in weight-inclusivity and all-foods-fit approaches, and I work with clients to challenge harmful diet culture and weight stigmatizing beliefs and to discover their own innate wisdom and values.
I am an eating disorder dietitian and I work with clients to explore food freedom and body liberation in a world where these things can be difficult to find. I create a non-judgmental space and build trust with those I work with through shared decision making, curious and creative exploration, and my own authentic and vulnerable communication. I am deeply rooted in weight-inclusivity and all-foods-fit approaches, and I work with clients to challenge harmful diet culture and weight stigmatizing beliefs and to discover their own innate wisdom and values.
(347) 801-2471 View (347) 801-2471
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Gena Hamshaw
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I'm a registered dietitian specializing in plant-based/vegan nutrition, digestive health, weight management, and eating disorders. I work with adults, teens, and families. I'm empathic, collaborative, and I offer a highly individualized approach to nutrition work. Nothing in my practice is one-size-fits all. My meal suggestions and guidance will always be tailored to you: your life, your unique body, your health history, and your goals. Together, we'll build practical and sustainable strategies and habits that will help you to feel your best.
I'm a registered dietitian specializing in plant-based/vegan nutrition, digestive health, weight management, and eating disorders. I work with adults, teens, and families. I'm empathic, collaborative, and I offer a highly individualized approach to nutrition work. Nothing in my practice is one-size-fits all. My meal suggestions and guidance will always be tailored to you: your life, your unique body, your health history, and your goals. Together, we'll build practical and sustainable strategies and habits that will help you to feel your best.
(929) 207-7632 View (929) 207-7632
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Annette O'Neill
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CDN, ERYT200
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014
Annette's nutrition practice focuses on a personalized, mindful, holistic approach to learning the secrets to healthy living. Together we will create an individualized program based on your unique lifestyle and demanding schedule to achieve long-term, sustainable results. Annette has worked with adults and children of all ages in conjunction with their doctors and other specialists with excellent results - helping them obtain healthy weights, as well as healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. She has helped athletes, individuals with disordered eating, diabetics, and other populations to gain, lose, or maintain weight in a healthy, personalized manner.
Annette's nutrition practice focuses on a personalized, mindful, holistic approach to learning the secrets to healthy living. Together we will create an individualized program based on your unique lifestyle and demanding schedule to achieve long-term, sustainable results. Annette has worked with adults and children of all ages in conjunction with their doctors and other specialists with excellent results - helping them obtain healthy weights, as well as healthy cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. She has helped athletes, individuals with disordered eating, diabetics, and other populations to gain, lose, or maintain weight in a healthy, personalized manner.
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Lauren Minchen
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPH, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
Lauren is committed to offering you nutritional guidance and meal support on your journey to optimal wellness. She will work with you to develop a personalized nutrition and menu plan that addresses your needs and works with your lifestyle. Lauren's nutrition counseling sessions include analysis of current meal patterns, lifestyle factors, medical diagnoses, medication regimen, food allergies and preferences, and your personal wellness goals. And her culinary services make achieving your health goals even easier. If you want to begin taking the right steps to achieve optimal health, contact Lauren to discuss what works for you.
Lauren is committed to offering you nutritional guidance and meal support on your journey to optimal wellness. She will work with you to develop a personalized nutrition and menu plan that addresses your needs and works with your lifestyle. Lauren's nutrition counseling sessions include analysis of current meal patterns, lifestyle factors, medical diagnoses, medication regimen, food allergies and preferences, and your personal wellness goals. And her culinary services make achieving your health goals even easier. If you want to begin taking the right steps to achieve optimal health, contact Lauren to discuss what works for you.
(646) 863-5398 View (646) 863-5398
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Chloe Ring
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, CNS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with irregular cycles, GI disturbances, weight fluctuations, or conditions like PCOS? Feeling constantly fatigued? You’re not alone. I'm passionate about empowering and educating my clients to support their hormones and overall health. With so much nutrition information available, it's easy to feel lost. That's why my goal is to help you navigate the landscape and create sustainable changes. I offer evidence-based guidance and understand that there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition therapy. I use an integrative approach combining diet and lifestyle to help you tap into your power.
Are you struggling with irregular cycles, GI disturbances, weight fluctuations, or conditions like PCOS? Feeling constantly fatigued? You’re not alone. I'm passionate about empowering and educating my clients to support their hormones and overall health. With so much nutrition information available, it's easy to feel lost. That's why my goal is to help you navigate the landscape and create sustainable changes. I offer evidence-based guidance and understand that there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition therapy. I use an integrative approach combining diet and lifestyle to help you tap into your power.
(929) 470-0680 View (929) 470-0680
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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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Jennifer Maeng
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Jennifer completed her Dietetics Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital and went on to specialize in adult clinical nutrition at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and NYU Langone Health.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Jennifer completed her Dietetics Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital and went on to specialize in adult clinical nutrition at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and NYU Langone Health.
(929) 226-6108 View (929) 226-6108
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Dr. Lisa Young Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, RDN, CDN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10028
Do you want to eat healthier, lose weight, or simply feel better? Yes, it's possible and I can help you. I am an internationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, adjunct professor at NYU, & author of Finally Full, Finally Slim & The Portion Teller Plan. I counsel adults, children and families on weight loss, a range of medical nutrition issues, wellness, and behavior modification (VIRTUAL appointments available.) I design individualized programs unique to YOU based on your health & medical needs, lifestyle, and food preferences. As a seasoned professional, I focus on the whole person, integrating mind, body and spirit.
Do you want to eat healthier, lose weight, or simply feel better? Yes, it's possible and I can help you. I am an internationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, adjunct professor at NYU, & author of Finally Full, Finally Slim & The Portion Teller Plan. I counsel adults, children and families on weight loss, a range of medical nutrition issues, wellness, and behavior modification (VIRTUAL appointments available.) I design individualized programs unique to YOU based on your health & medical needs, lifestyle, and food preferences. As a seasoned professional, I focus on the whole person, integrating mind, body and spirit.
(347) 970-8559 View (347) 970-8559
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Heather Ritter
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024  (Online Only)
Heather is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to help them heal their relationship with their body and food. She works with clients to facilitate changes that will improve overall quality of life. She believes that food and nutrition should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. Her own experiences have fueled her particular interest in intuitive eating, disordered eating and HAES aligned care. She loves working alongside clients to find creative ways to make food both nourishing and enjoyable. Through evidence-based practice and individualized care,
Heather is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to help them heal their relationship with their body and food. She works with clients to facilitate changes that will improve overall quality of life. She believes that food and nutrition should not only support someone’s physical health, but their social, emotional, and mental health as well. Her own experiences have fueled her particular interest in intuitive eating, disordered eating and HAES aligned care. She loves working alongside clients to find creative ways to make food both nourishing and enjoyable. Through evidence-based practice and individualized care,
(347) 579-0138 View (347) 579-0138
FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

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