Nutritionists and Dietitians in South Carolina

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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 Alex Winnicki, MS , RDN, LDN, CSSD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Alex Winnicki
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS , RDN, LDN, CSSD
Verified Verified
Greer, SC 29650
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 Kristine Lagree, RD, LD, CPT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kristine Lagree
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LD, CPT
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29412
I help women who are planning for pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or postpartum learn how to include nutritious food and make lifestyle changes so that they can lead an optimal pregnancy and recovery for both mom and baby.
I help women who are planning for pregnancy, are currently pregnant, or postpartum learn how to include nutritious food and make lifestyle changes so that they can lead an optimal pregnancy and recovery for both mom and baby.
(843) 428-7821 View (843) 428-7821
Photo of Jacquelyn Sharp Womble - Living Sharp, LLC - Fitness, Nutrition & Wellbeing, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Living Sharp, LLC - Fitness, Nutrition & Wellbeing
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP, CLT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Clients I see are looking for support, guidance and education around how they can make healthy choices in their daily lives. I am here to help navigate in this diet culture we live in and to educate my clients on evidence-based nutrition behaviors to empower them to make ever-lasting changes. I take a non-disruptive educational approach to help my clients work on small habits leading to true behavior change. We work on weight management, sports nutrition, food sensitivities, and general healthy eating and lifestyle.
Clients I see are looking for support, guidance and education around how they can make healthy choices in their daily lives. I am here to help navigate in this diet culture we live in and to educate my clients on evidence-based nutrition behaviors to empower them to make ever-lasting changes. I take a non-disruptive educational approach to help my clients work on small habits leading to true behavior change. We work on weight management, sports nutrition, food sensitivities, and general healthy eating and lifestyle.
(803) 258-6691 View (803) 258-6691
Photo of Trina J. Hill - Tapestry Wellness Institute, MBA, RDN, CPT, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Tapestry Wellness Institute
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MBA, RDN, CPT, LD
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29229
My mission as a Registered Dietitian is to guide and help people weave a tapestry of wellness by building habits and skills to achieve goals despite imperfect practice. As we begin to learn more about our individual health through nutrition and exercise, our efforts to change may seem ineffective and imperfect because we are learning. I established Tapestry Wellness as an institute of learning and advocacy for better access and knowledge to enhance active adult living with medical nutrition therapy. Wellness is a journey like weaving a tapestry using different fabrics, colors, and materials. Tapestries are unique- just like you!
My mission as a Registered Dietitian is to guide and help people weave a tapestry of wellness by building habits and skills to achieve goals despite imperfect practice. As we begin to learn more about our individual health through nutrition and exercise, our efforts to change may seem ineffective and imperfect because we are learning. I established Tapestry Wellness as an institute of learning and advocacy for better access and knowledge to enhance active adult living with medical nutrition therapy. Wellness is a journey like weaving a tapestry using different fabrics, colors, and materials. Tapestries are unique- just like you!
(803) 450-4621 View (803) 450-4621
Photo of Jana Lynn Davis - Bone Health Solutions , MS, RDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Bone Health Solutions
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29401
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 Mackenzie Harrell, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Mackenzie Harrell
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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 Kristen Ziesmer, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kristen Ziesmer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Verified Verified
Taylors, SC 29687
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
Photo of Jennifer Ables, PhD, CNC, Nutritionist/Dietitian
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
Photo of Caroline Green, RDN, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Caroline Green
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD
Verified Verified
Columbia, SC 29205
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 Gabrielle McGrath, MS, RDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Gabrielle McGrath
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, RDN
Verified Verified
Virtual Dietitian nutrition coaching program helping you drop dieting and excess weight while gaining freedom, energy and confidence by unlearning behaviors, embodying new habits, nourishing your body through a simple method, resetting your metabolism and balancing hormones.I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals and never worry about weight loss again.
Virtual Dietitian nutrition coaching program helping you drop dieting and excess weight while gaining freedom, energy and confidence by unlearning behaviors, embodying new habits, nourishing your body through a simple method, resetting your metabolism and balancing hormones.I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals and never worry about weight loss again.
(617) 819-0959 View (617) 819-0959
Photo of Kate Marie Kennedy, RDN, LD, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Kate Marie Kennedy
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, LD, CLT
Verified Verified
I have been an active Registered Dietitian and now Certified Leap Therapist for over 15 years. I have worked with a diverse group of patients from diabetes, renal, weight loss to GI Disorders. Due to COVID 19 I am available via a HIPPA compliant Telehealth so you don't even have to leave your house.
I have been an active Registered Dietitian and now Certified Leap Therapist for over 15 years. I have worked with a diverse group of patients from diabetes, renal, weight loss to GI Disorders. Due to COVID 19 I am available via a HIPPA compliant Telehealth so you don't even have to leave your house.
(843) 281-7580 View (843) 281-7580
Photo of Lindsay Marie Ford, MS, LRDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Lindsay Marie Ford
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MS, LRDN
Verified Verified
Bluffton, SC 29909
People are so busy and stressed trying survive the day that damaging eating behaviors (i.e., binge-eating, restricting, chronic dieting, etc.) can sneak up and cause chaos within the mind, body and spirit. Whether it is the working mom that is done starving themselves to fit in their pre-baby jeans or the teenager navigating their sport and mental health - I can help prevent things from getting worse while guiding people to get to a more stable, healthy and enjoyable place. I am an advocate for a non-diet approach, Health at Every Size, mindful eating and balanced nutrition.
People are so busy and stressed trying survive the day that damaging eating behaviors (i.e., binge-eating, restricting, chronic dieting, etc.) can sneak up and cause chaos within the mind, body and spirit. Whether it is the working mom that is done starving themselves to fit in their pre-baby jeans or the teenager navigating their sport and mental health - I can help prevent things from getting worse while guiding people to get to a more stable, healthy and enjoyable place. I am an advocate for a non-diet approach, Health at Every Size, mindful eating and balanced nutrition.
(843) 919-4449 View (843) 919-4449
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
Greenville, SC 29615
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
Photo of Cami L Bremer, MPHRD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Cami L Bremer
Nutritionist/Dietitian, MPHRD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Florence, SC 29501
I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I have practiced as a dietitian for over 25 years and I have a passion for helping people understand the importance of blood sugar control and using tools and resources to help them meet their health care goals. I can provide a vital bridge between the diagnosis of diabetes and the knowledge and support they need to manage it. My service are available virtually and on a private pay basis through Palmetto Nutrition Therapy. I am available to see patients with Diabetes, Prediabetes PCOS and Chronic Kidney Disease
I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I have practiced as a dietitian for over 25 years and I have a passion for helping people understand the importance of blood sugar control and using tools and resources to help them meet their health care goals. I can provide a vital bridge between the diagnosis of diabetes and the knowledge and support they need to manage it. My service are available virtually and on a private pay basis through Palmetto Nutrition Therapy. I am available to see patients with Diabetes, Prediabetes PCOS and Chronic Kidney Disease
(843) 351-1944 View (843) 351-1944
Photo of Cynthia F Catts, RD, LD, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Cynthia F Catts
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RD, LD
Verified Verified
Aiken, SC 29803
Utilizing an integrative, whole body approach, I enjoy coaching intelligent, pro-active people who are interested in prevention of disease and bolstering personal wellness as opposed to treating disease. Over the course of 35 years I have worked with thousands of individuals, couples families and groups who are interested in changing their habits in the interest of changing the course of their lives. Physician (and other Practitioner) referrals are accepted but not required. I have received the Aiken Standard's Top Doc Award in 2018 and 2019 for Medical Weight Loss
Utilizing an integrative, whole body approach, I enjoy coaching intelligent, pro-active people who are interested in prevention of disease and bolstering personal wellness as opposed to treating disease. Over the course of 35 years I have worked with thousands of individuals, couples families and groups who are interested in changing their habits in the interest of changing the course of their lives. Physician (and other Practitioner) referrals are accepted but not required. I have received the Aiken Standard's Top Doc Award in 2018 and 2019 for Medical Weight Loss
(803) 443-6911 View (803) 443-6911
Photo of Molly Ostrander (Women's Gut Health Nutrition), MS, RDN LDN, IFNCP, Nutritionist/Dietitian
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
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 Heather Smith, RDN, CSR,  LD, CLT, Nutritionist/Dietitian
Heather Smith
Nutritionist/Dietitian, RDN, CSR, LD, CLT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29906
If you have chronic kidney disease and know diet is important but don't know where to start, I can help! If you're struggling with digestive problems, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, or weight gain and are ready for a solution that heals your body from the inside out instead of masking symptoms, I can help! If you feel like you’ve tried everything you know and still can’t figure out what to do to feel better, I can help! I offer in-person visits at my Beaufort, SC office, as well as telehealth.
If you have chronic kidney disease and know diet is important but don't know where to start, I can help! If you're struggling with digestive problems, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, or weight gain and are ready for a solution that heals your body from the inside out instead of masking symptoms, I can help! If you feel like you’ve tried everything you know and still can’t figure out what to do to feel better, I can help! I offer in-person visits at my Beaufort, SC office, as well as telehealth.
(843) 326-4462 View (843) 326-4462
Photo of Taryn Mattern (Hormone + Gut Health Dietitian), MS, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist/Dietitian
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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FAQs - About Nutritionists and Dietitians

How can I find a dietitian or nutritionist in South Carolina?

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.