Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

I always suggest knowing the background of a professional before trusting them with your health. So I want to address a question I am asked regularly. What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist? This might get lengthy, but there is a BIG difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian. Dietitians usually go by Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and in some states have licensure or certifications, meaning they will have Certified Dietitian (CD), Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN), Licensed Dietitian (LD) or Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) following their other credentials. Nutritionist on it’s own is not a term that is regulated. That means anyone…ANY one….can call themselves a nutritionist. The only training they require to call themselves a nutritionist is how to spell nutritionist. In order to call yourself a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (this includes Registered Dietitian, RD, RDN) you must have a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics or similar field, complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s national exam. 

After January 1, 2024, dietitians will also be required to have a master’s degree before they can sit for the national exam, so you’ll notice more dietitians will also have MS amongst their credentials.


What to consider when looking for nutrition guidance:

Before you talk to a professional about your health and wellness goals, consider your long term goal. Do you want quick results, or do you want lasting results? If you want lasting results, your journey to achieving your goal may take more time. Are you willing to try new things? What attempts to reach your nutrition goals have you made in the past that did or did not work for you? What kind of support do you need? Do you want a provider that continues to work with you as you progress, or do you just want to get a foundation set to get yourself going? These are just some of the important questions for your to consider when considering working with a nutrition professional.


How do you determine your prices?

When it comes to prices, I do my best to find a price to appropriately compensate the time I spend both working with my clients directly, and the time I spend before and after our sessions to create and collect individually tailored educational materials, meal plans, tip sheets, grocery lists, recipe ideas and scientifically-proven information for my clients. For each hour I spend with a client, I typically spend 2-3 hours preparing for the session or developing the information I share with my clients following our sessions. I am currently working to accept insurance (including Medicaid and Medicare) to better serve you and your health without a financial burden and will have more information soon. Please contact me directly if you have further questions regarding monetary issues with booking.