What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Many registered dietitians call themselves nutritionists, but not every nutritionist is a registered dietitian. A Registered Dietitian has met academic and professional requirements set by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association. These requirements include completing approved course work and receiving a bachelor’s degrees from an accredited university or college in the United States; finishing an internship or supervised practice program; passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration; and completing continuing professional educational requirements to keep up their “Registered Dietitian” status. Many people who call themselves nutritionists have not met the same rigorous standards as those who have completed a Registered Dietitian program. Read more about registered dietitians at the American Dietetic Association website.
How do you handle cancellations and missed appointments?
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. I ask my patients to notify me by email or telephone 24 hours in advance of any scheduled appointment that you wish to cancel. I you do not give such notice or fail to be available for your appointment within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, you will be subject a charge of 50% of the price of the visit or service. For instance, if the price of your visit is $175.00, your account will be charged $87.50.
Do you take health insurance?
I do not accept any health insurance (including Medicare), but I am happy to complete the necessary paperwork so you can obtain partial reimbursement, assuming that the services of a registered dietitian are a covered benefit for your diagnosis and that you have out-of-network benefits. Please contact your insurance company for specifics regarding your policy.