Nutritionists and Dietitians near Clemson, SC

Photo of Suzanne Figliola, MS, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Suzanne Figliola
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
Clemson, SC 29631
Welcome to my practice! Making food and lifestyle changes is a challenge, but one that offers great benefits in the way you feel and function each day. Nutrition therapy will help you explore ways to increase motivation, chose foods for optimal nutrition, performance and enjoyment, and manage behaviors that get in the way of achieving your goals. Now more than ever, there is an overwhelming amount of nutrition information available. Working together we will interpret and apply this information in a way that meets your personal medical, wellness and lifestyle needs.
Welcome to my practice! Making food and lifestyle changes is a challenge, but one that offers great benefits in the way you feel and function each day. Nutrition therapy will help you explore ways to increase motivation, chose foods for optimal nutrition, performance and enjoyment, and manage behaviors that get in the way of achieving your goals. Now more than ever, there is an overwhelming amount of nutrition information available. Working together we will interpret and apply this information in a way that meets your personal medical, wellness and lifestyle needs.
(864) 468-2806 View (864) 468-2806
Photo of Katherine Taylor, RD , LD , CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Katherine Taylor
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD , LD , CLT
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29611
With over 30 years of experience as a dietitian, I have seen hundreds of clients that are frustrated with feeling bad but haven't been successful in determining the best route to health for themselves. HIgh stress, whether it be emotional, physical or dietary, is tolerated by the body for a while but usually results in a tipping point that manifests itself in food sensitivities, gut issues, malabsorption, chronic fatigue , fibromyalgia and other auto immune disorders. Helping my clients determine the foundational needs to begin the restoration process with requires proper assessment , testing and a practitioner to assist and support through this journey. I am passionate about helping my clients find hope again and to empower them to establish healthy habits for lifelong vitality. Each client's story and needs are different which requires an individualized approach with both testing and nutrition and lifestyle plan.
With over 30 years of experience as a dietitian, I have seen hundreds of clients that are frustrated with feeling bad but haven't been successful in determining the best route to health for themselves. HIgh stress, whether it be emotional, physical or dietary, is tolerated by the body for a while but usually results in a tipping point that manifests itself in food sensitivities, gut issues, malabsorption, chronic fatigue , fibromyalgia and other auto immune disorders. Helping my clients determine the foundational needs to begin the restoration process with requires proper assessment , testing and a practitioner to assist and support through this journey. I am passionate about helping my clients find hope again and to empower them to establish healthy habits for lifelong vitality. Each client's story and needs are different which requires an individualized approach with both testing and nutrition and lifestyle plan.
(864) 920-1335 View (864) 920-1335
Photo of Jessica Lee Reader (15+ Yrs Gut Health Nutritionist), CMNT, CNTP, NBC-HWC, YT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Jessica Lee Reader (15+ Yrs Gut Health Nutritionist)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, CMNT, CNTP, NBC-HWC, YT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Easley, SC 29642
As a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board-Certified Health Coach, and 15+ Yrs Gut Health Nutritionist, I specialize in alleviating digestive discomfort, food sensitivities, and bloating. Using therapeutic foods and holistic practices, I help reduce fatigue, balance hormones, and manage stress. My expertise includes celiac disease, leaky gut, GERD, parasites, and SIBO. Have you tried various health professionals but still feel unresolved? Let me uncover the connections between your symptoms and design a personalized plan for your wellness. Visit www.VitalizedBody.com to schedule a Free 15-minute consult and learn how I can help you.
As a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board-Certified Health Coach, and 15+ Yrs Gut Health Nutritionist, I specialize in alleviating digestive discomfort, food sensitivities, and bloating. Using therapeutic foods and holistic practices, I help reduce fatigue, balance hormones, and manage stress. My expertise includes celiac disease, leaky gut, GERD, parasites, and SIBO. Have you tried various health professionals but still feel unresolved? Let me uncover the connections between your symptoms and design a personalized plan for your wellness. Visit www.VitalizedBody.com to schedule a Free 15-minute consult and learn how I can help you.
(864) 651-1545 View (864) 651-1545
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Jennifer Ables
Nutritionist/Dietitian, PhD, CNC
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29605  (Online Only)
A Medical Intuitive is someone who uses intuition as a tool to investigate health concerns and find the root causes. This approach involves looking at health using an intuitive ability to assess physical, emotional, mental, and energetic factors that may contribute. If you're dissatisfied with conventional medicine and interested in alternative or complementary care, consider Holistic Health addresses the whole person, not just a disease or isolated symptom(s). It's based on the philosophy that the way to vibrant health is to remove toxins, nourish the body and support its processes. Jennifer has been helping clients since 1999.
A Medical Intuitive is someone who uses intuition as a tool to investigate health concerns and find the root causes. This approach involves looking at health using an intuitive ability to assess physical, emotional, mental, and energetic factors that may contribute. If you're dissatisfied with conventional medicine and interested in alternative or complementary care, consider Holistic Health addresses the whole person, not just a disease or isolated symptom(s). It's based on the philosophy that the way to vibrant health is to remove toxins, nourish the body and support its processes. Jennifer has been helping clients since 1999.
(864) 346-3252 View (864) 346-3252
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Taryn Mattern (Hormone + Gut Health Dietitian)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601
Are you struggling to feel heard and understood when it comes to the symptoms you’re experiencing on a daily basis? You don’t feel like yourself and you haven’t for a while now. It can be exhausting when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and no one truly understands (or takes the time to understand) how you’re feeling. You’re constantly fatigued with gut symptoms, unable to think clearly, have low mood, imbalanced hormones and lack confidence in your skin. Now, how in the WORLD are you supposed to do all of the things on your to-do list when you feel this way?
Are you struggling to feel heard and understood when it comes to the symptoms you’re experiencing on a daily basis? You don’t feel like yourself and you haven’t for a while now. It can be exhausting when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and no one truly understands (or takes the time to understand) how you’re feeling. You’re constantly fatigued with gut symptoms, unable to think clearly, have low mood, imbalanced hormones and lack confidence in your skin. Now, how in the WORLD are you supposed to do all of the things on your to-do list when you feel this way?
(864) 514-5761 View (864) 514-5761
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Karen Baldree
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29607
Are you looking for help dialing in your and/or your family's lifestyle and nutrition in 2022 so you can lead your active lifestyle with less pain & more confidence? Through sustainable changes & feedback, you want to build a body you’re proud of. My mission is to provide YOU with individualized tactic-laced strategies to improve performance & meet nutrition goals. Together, we’ll translate how food will fuel YOUR success. You’ll learn the same principles & strategies I’ve given to women, active individuals and families.
Are you looking for help dialing in your and/or your family's lifestyle and nutrition in 2022 so you can lead your active lifestyle with less pain & more confidence? Through sustainable changes & feedback, you want to build a body you’re proud of. My mission is to provide YOU with individualized tactic-laced strategies to improve performance & meet nutrition goals. Together, we’ll translate how food will fuel YOUR success. You’ll learn the same principles & strategies I’ve given to women, active individuals and families.
(770) 999-9831 View (770) 999-9831
Photo of Alex Winnicki, MS , RDN, LDN, CSSD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Alex Winnicki
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS , RDN, LDN, CSSD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29613
I specialize in performance nutrition for endurance sports and assist athletes dealing with Eating Disorders and RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport). With a background in NCAA and experience in elite-level cycling, I understand the challenges athletes face in trying to reach the next level. Whether recovering from injury, addressing nutritional issues, or improving the relationship with food and body, I'm here to guide you back to peak performance.
I specialize in performance nutrition for endurance sports and assist athletes dealing with Eating Disorders and RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport). With a background in NCAA and experience in elite-level cycling, I understand the challenges athletes face in trying to reach the next level. Whether recovering from injury, addressing nutritional issues, or improving the relationship with food and body, I'm here to guide you back to peak performance.
(864) 528-3794 View (864) 528-3794
Photo of Kristen Ziesmer, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kristen Ziesmer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601
Hi! My name is Kristen Ziesmer, I am a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a certified personal trainer. I am the owner of Elite Nutrition and Performance, LLC, a comprehensive nutrition and fitness consulting practice located in the Greenville area of South Carolina. I work with athletes and active individuals ages 10 and up perform at their peak by combining science with practical application. I also work with clients with eating disorders, chronic illnesses and those looking to lose body fat or gain muscle mass.
Hi! My name is Kristen Ziesmer, I am a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a certified personal trainer. I am the owner of Elite Nutrition and Performance, LLC, a comprehensive nutrition and fitness consulting practice located in the Greenville area of South Carolina. I work with athletes and active individuals ages 10 and up perform at their peak by combining science with practical application. I also work with clients with eating disorders, chronic illnesses and those looking to lose body fat or gain muscle mass.
(803) 349-4172 View (803) 349-4172
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Traci Malone Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MHS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Are you feeling frustrated with dieting, following rigid eating plans, or overwhelmed with so much nutrition information out there? Are you looking for a positive and sustainable relationship with food and your body or hoping to better manage a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or PCOS? I focus on a non-diet health first approach and together we create a personalized nutrition plan that helps you meet your individual nutrition goals. I enjoy working with adults, teens, and families with young children. My services are covered by most BCBS health insurance policies.
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Are you feeling frustrated with dieting, following rigid eating plans, or overwhelmed with so much nutrition information out there? Are you looking for a positive and sustainable relationship with food and your body or hoping to better manage a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or PCOS? I focus on a non-diet health first approach and together we create a personalized nutrition plan that helps you meet your individual nutrition goals. I enjoy working with adults, teens, and families with young children. My services are covered by most BCBS health insurance policies.
(828) 592-2592 View (828) 592-2592
Photo of Mackenzie Harrell, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Mackenzie Harrell
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29601
Finding peace with food can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Eating is an essential part of each day, and when you feel constricted by it, it effects other aspects of life. I want to help you find freedom and put joy back back into eating. If you struggle with cyclic dieting, disordered eating, or even feel out of control with food, you’ve come to the right place. I believe in intuitive eating and engage in a non-diet approach that helps you break free from diet mentality and food guilt. My approach is individualized and focused on what is most beneficial for you in your current time and environment.
Finding peace with food can seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Eating is an essential part of each day, and when you feel constricted by it, it effects other aspects of life. I want to help you find freedom and put joy back back into eating. If you struggle with cyclic dieting, disordered eating, or even feel out of control with food, you’ve come to the right place. I believe in intuitive eating and engage in a non-diet approach that helps you break free from diet mentality and food guilt. My approach is individualized and focused on what is most beneficial for you in your current time and environment.
(843) 905-3754 View (843) 905-3754
Photo of Carol Shimberg, MS, RD, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Carol Shimberg
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29607
I am a integrative lifestyle medicine dietitian with over 30 years experience working in a major medical center providing evidence based nutrition therapy approaches. My expertise and passion is in the areas of digestive health, GI nutrition and I am a FODMAP trained dietitian (for IBS) from the Monash University. I provide medical nutrition therapy for IBS, Crohns disease, inflammatory bowel conditions. In addition, I provide medical nutrition therapy for chronic health issues such as, diabetes, weight management, women's health issues, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, healthy aging, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
I am a integrative lifestyle medicine dietitian with over 30 years experience working in a major medical center providing evidence based nutrition therapy approaches. My expertise and passion is in the areas of digestive health, GI nutrition and I am a FODMAP trained dietitian (for IBS) from the Monash University. I provide medical nutrition therapy for IBS, Crohns disease, inflammatory bowel conditions. In addition, I provide medical nutrition therapy for chronic health issues such as, diabetes, weight management, women's health issues, obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, healthy aging, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
(828) 268-3723 View (828) 268-3723
Photo of Caroline Green, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Caroline Green
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601
Are you sick and tired of the diet cycle? I believe everyone deserves a stress-free relationship with food, eating, and exercise. But these days, eating can feel more rigid and frustrating than joyful or even (gasp) fun. Let’s change that! Are you confused about nutrition? Wondering how you should be eating with a medical condition? Struggle with disordered eating patterns or a diagnosed Eating Disorder? Or simply want to improve your eating habits? You’re in the right place. I specialize in Intuitive Eating and eating disorder recovery from a Health at Every Size (HAES) lens. Let’s partner together to reach YOUR optimal health.
Are you sick and tired of the diet cycle? I believe everyone deserves a stress-free relationship with food, eating, and exercise. But these days, eating can feel more rigid and frustrating than joyful or even (gasp) fun. Let’s change that! Are you confused about nutrition? Wondering how you should be eating with a medical condition? Struggle with disordered eating patterns or a diagnosed Eating Disorder? Or simply want to improve your eating habits? You’re in the right place. I specialize in Intuitive Eating and eating disorder recovery from a Health at Every Size (HAES) lens. Let’s partner together to reach YOUR optimal health.
(803) 618-4419 View (803) 618-4419
Photo of Donna Hugues - Brandywine Nutrition, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Brandywine Nutrition
Nutritionist/Dietitian
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29609
Free Yourself! Do you suffer with health problems that just will not go away? Are you tired of paying for treatments and medications that do not work? Consider this... Your food could be making you sick! For the past nine years, I have used the patented blood test Mediator Release Test (MRT) along with the Lifestyle Eating And Performance (LEAP) dietary protocol to identify reactive foods and develop a meal plan that has helped many people heal and get well.
Free Yourself! Do you suffer with health problems that just will not go away? Are you tired of paying for treatments and medications that do not work? Consider this... Your food could be making you sick! For the past nine years, I have used the patented blood test Mediator Release Test (MRT) along with the Lifestyle Eating And Performance (LEAP) dietary protocol to identify reactive foods and develop a meal plan that has helped many people heal and get well.
(302) 300-4807 View (302) 300-4807
Photo of Lauren Cobb, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Lauren Cobb
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601  (Online Only)
Can see clients in NC, SC, GA, and FL. With a Bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University in Culinary Nutrition, I works mainly with eating disorder clients and I've set out to help people heal their relationship with food. I have seen first-hand how the diet industry has affected so many’s views of food. I also have experience in helping clients with diabetes, gut health, cancer, and picky-eaters picky-eaters in individual and group settings of all age groups. Whether I am 1:1 counseling you, group coaching, or teaching you how to cook, I am excited to help you fall in love with nourishing your body!
Can see clients in NC, SC, GA, and FL. With a Bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University in Culinary Nutrition, I works mainly with eating disorder clients and I've set out to help people heal their relationship with food. I have seen first-hand how the diet industry has affected so many’s views of food. I also have experience in helping clients with diabetes, gut health, cancer, and picky-eaters picky-eaters in individual and group settings of all age groups. Whether I am 1:1 counseling you, group coaching, or teaching you how to cook, I am excited to help you fall in love with nourishing your body!
(912) 875-2806 View (912) 875-2806
Photo of Courtney Erin Armstrong, MS, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Courtney Erin Armstrong
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenville, SC 29605
Are you feeling stuck? Confused by diet myths and ever changing nutrition information? Let me join you on your journey! I am a Registered Dietitian and experienced nutrition therapist that specializes in guiding clients to live in freedom of a healthy relationship with food while improving wellness through balanced nutrition. We will work together to develop an attainable plan tailored specifically to you and your goals. Don't be a slave to the scale! Leave dieting and disordered eating patterns behind and embrace a healthy relationship with food. With the right tools and guidance, you can improve your health!
Are you feeling stuck? Confused by diet myths and ever changing nutrition information? Let me join you on your journey! I am a Registered Dietitian and experienced nutrition therapist that specializes in guiding clients to live in freedom of a healthy relationship with food while improving wellness through balanced nutrition. We will work together to develop an attainable plan tailored specifically to you and your goals. Don't be a slave to the scale! Leave dieting and disordered eating patterns behind and embrace a healthy relationship with food. With the right tools and guidance, you can improve your health!
(803) 832-4788 View (803) 832-4788
Photo of Alex Hussey, MS, RD, LDN, CEDS, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Alex Hussey
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RD, LDN, CEDS
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29605
I’m a registered dietitian with a private practice that supports individuals struggling with eating disorders, chronic dieting, and body image issues - for the folks I work with, food feels hard. I strive to create a safe, judgment-free space for all individuals to share and process their experiences - my style is warm, accessible, and not without humor. I regularly integrate nutrition science with body-based (somatic) practices and therapeutic coaching to help my clients learn to nourish themselves from the bottom up, with confidence.
I’m a registered dietitian with a private practice that supports individuals struggling with eating disorders, chronic dieting, and body image issues - for the folks I work with, food feels hard. I strive to create a safe, judgment-free space for all individuals to share and process their experiences - my style is warm, accessible, and not without humor. I regularly integrate nutrition science with body-based (somatic) practices and therapeutic coaching to help my clients learn to nourish themselves from the bottom up, with confidence.
(704) 237-6539 View (704) 237-6539
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Molly Ostrander (Women's Gut Health Nutrition)
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN LDN, IFNCP
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601  (Online Only)
Empowering women to ditch the shame, put themselves first, and heal from GI disease and disorders using a holistic, personalized approach. If you are looking for someone to listen to you and help with what to eat, normalize your bowel movements, increase energy, and beat the bloat, I can help you. I am a dietitian specializing in women's gastrointestinal health. Digestive issues reduce your quality of life and are isolating and embarrassing. I know this because I have had Crohn's disease for over 20 years. There is no one magic diet for GI issues. Each body is different, and each has its own story to tell.
Empowering women to ditch the shame, put themselves first, and heal from GI disease and disorders using a holistic, personalized approach. If you are looking for someone to listen to you and help with what to eat, normalize your bowel movements, increase energy, and beat the bloat, I can help you. I am a dietitian specializing in women's gastrointestinal health. Digestive issues reduce your quality of life and are isolating and embarrassing. I know this because I have had Crohn's disease for over 20 years. There is no one magic diet for GI issues. Each body is different, and each has its own story to tell.
(864) 863-7762 View (864) 863-7762
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Bone Health Solutions
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29601
Who would benefit from working with a Bone Health Nutrition Expert? Have you received a diagnosis of osteoporosis, osteopenia or a fracture? Do you have a family history of osteoporosis? Do you have a condition such as celiac disease or other intestinal bowel disease (IBD) or have you had bariatric surgery? Do you have a history of an eating disorder, excessive dieting or poor protein intake? Have you used PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors) for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Are you postmenopausal? Have you undergone cancer treatment using hormones? These are just a few reasons that someone needs bone health support.
Who would benefit from working with a Bone Health Nutrition Expert? Have you received a diagnosis of osteoporosis, osteopenia or a fracture? Do you have a family history of osteoporosis? Do you have a condition such as celiac disease or other intestinal bowel disease (IBD) or have you had bariatric surgery? Do you have a history of an eating disorder, excessive dieting or poor protein intake? Have you used PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors) for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Are you postmenopausal? Have you undergone cancer treatment using hormones? These are just a few reasons that someone needs bone health support.
(843) 801-4686 View (843) 801-4686
Photo of Kathryn Gantt, MHS, RD, LDN, RYT200, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kathryn Gantt
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MHS, RD, LDN, RYT200
Verified Verified
Greenville, SC 29604
Are you looking to repair your relationship to food? Are you struggling in postpartum to nourish yourself and find love for this new body? I am here to help! I’m an eating disorder and pregnancy/postpartum dietitian, compassionately helping you find health without dieting. I am yoga certified and a mom of two. I use a non-diet and trauma informed approach to help you find a positive relationship to food and your body. Whether it is help with general nutrition, disordered eating patterns or help feeding yourself and your little ones, I can help you find a solution that works and is sustainable. Reach out for a free discovery call!
Are you looking to repair your relationship to food? Are you struggling in postpartum to nourish yourself and find love for this new body? I am here to help! I’m an eating disorder and pregnancy/postpartum dietitian, compassionately helping you find health without dieting. I am yoga certified and a mom of two. I use a non-diet and trauma informed approach to help you find a positive relationship to food and your body. Whether it is help with general nutrition, disordered eating patterns or help feeding yourself and your little ones, I can help you find a solution that works and is sustainable. Reach out for a free discovery call!
(828) 800-9804 View (828) 800-9804
FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in Clemson?

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.