Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

When and where can I come see you?

Nutrition counseling appointments are available Monday through Thursday between 10am and 5pm. My office is at 9535 Forest Lane, Suite 258, Dallas, TX 75243. Video or phone appointments are also available at my discretion and after an initial in-person assessment

What should I expect when I make an appointment?

Our first meeting will consist of a thorough assessment: what brought you to nutrition counseling, what you have tried in the past, what worked, what didn't, medical concerns, and (most importantly) your goals. Based on this assessment, I will give you a few recommendations to get you started and then we will schedule our next meeting. Depending on your needs, follow-up sessions may be weekly, biweekly, or monthly; we will decide that together. From there, our meetings will focus on continued support, accountability, and changes or additional recommendations make to help you meet your goals.

The assessment typically lasts up to 90 minutes and follow-up sessions are 50 minutes.

What do I need to do to prepare for my first visit?

Prior to the first meeting, I will email you (a little) paperwork to fill out electronically. This includes some very basic information about you, consent for treatment, release forms, privacy practices, and payment information. It would also be very helpful if you kept a food log for a few days to bring with you so I can get a good idea of what your usual habits and preferences are. It doesn’t have to be perfect; ballpark is fine.

What payment methods do you accept?

Accepted payment forms are credit, debit, check, or cash. Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) are also accepted. Most people leave a credit card on file that is automatically charged after each session (this is preferred). My fee per session is $125.

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately working with insurance is nearly a full-time job in itself, which takes time away from working with my patients. I would rather focus my time, attention, and energy on you. However, if you have insurance I will gladly provide you with a coded invoice you can submit for reimbursement. You’ll just need to check with your insurance company and find out if out-of-network dietitian services are covered.

What's the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

I'm so glad you asked! A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert. All RDs have earned at least a bachelor’s degree with coursework focusing on food and nutrition sciences, medical nutrition therapy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. Additionally, all RDs have completed at least 1200 hours of supervised practice experience at an accredited facility and passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Once registered, RDs maintain their credential by completing continuing professional educational requirements.

In many states, including Texas, there are no requirements for calling yourself a nutritionist and it is not a nationally recognized professional credential. That means anyone can call themselves a nutritionist regardless of education or qualifications. A nutritionist may be well educated in health or nutrition or have no education whatsoever, and there is no regulation or accountability for nutritionists in most states.

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive Eating is a set of principles to help create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. It is a non-diet approach to health and wellness that helps you tune into your body signals, break the cycle of chronic dieting, and heal your relationship with food. It was originally developed by two dietitians, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. I highly recommend their book and workbook, both of which you can find here.

What is health at every size?

The Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach is an alternative to the weight-centered approach to treating clients and patients of all sizes. It is also a movement working to promote size-acceptance, to end weight discrimination, and to lesson the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness. The HAES® approach promotes balanced eating, life-enhancing physical activity, and respect for the diversity of body shapes and sizes. Learn more at the Association for Size Diversity and Health website.

Okay cool, but Will you help me lose weight?

My experience is that intentional weight loss not only don’t work, but also cause unnecessary pain and anguish. I would rather help you make peace with food and your body through Intuitive Eating and kind self care. During that process, your weight will either go up, go down, or stay the same. When well taken care of, I trust your body to know what to do. ❤️