top of page

frequently asked questions

  • What is a regitered dietitian and how do they differ from a nutritionist?
    A registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/RDN) is a regulated health professional with specific advanced training in nutrition. Requirements include completion of an accredited university bachelor and/or masters degree, completion of a one year clinical dietetic internship, and successfully passing the national boards examination. RDs are required to undergo ongoing professional development and continuing education. Being a 'regulated' profession means RDs are required to uphold evidence-based standards of practice and ethical responsibilities for the safety of their patients and clients. Titles such as 'nutritionist', 'registered holistic nutritionist' and 'certified nutritional practitioner' etc. are not equivalent to 'registered dietitian'. There are no specific education or practicum requirements for these titles and therefore virtually anyone can refer to themselves as such. Unlike registered dietitians, nutritionist professions are not regulated by colleges to ensure safety of practice. With that said, there are some knowledgeable and experienced nutritionists out there. While we strongly endorse working with a registered dietitian, especially if you have a medical illness, the choice is ultimately up to you based on your preference and how you work together towards meeting your goals.
  • Do you offer virtual and in-person services?
    Yes! We provide in-person home visits in the comfort of your own home or virtual nutrition services through a secure online platform.
  • Can you work with clients across all of the United States?
    We provide virtual nutrition services for those residing in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia. Our in-person home visit services are only offered to those residing in San Diego, California.
  • Are dietitian services covered through insurance?
    Many medical insurance plans provide full or partial coverage for dietitian services. Please check with your specific insurance provider for information regarding dietitian service coverage. At this time, we are not current in network with any insurance companies. We are happy to provide you with a receipt or superbill upon request to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
  • Do I need a doctor's referral to see a dietitian?
    You do not need a doctors referral to see a dietitian, you can book your own appointment directly. Some insurance plans require a doctor's referral in order to be eligible for coverage in which case you can request a referral from your primary care physician (PCP). Please check with your specific healthcare provider for information.
  • What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?
    The appointment may be cancelled or rescheduled by phone or email at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment time without a fee. If the appointment is cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment time, there is a late cancellation or late rescheduling fee of $75. No-shows will be charged in the amount of the full fee per session.
bottom of page