Frequently Asked Questions
1). What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist?
To qualify to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), one must have:
Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biology and chemistry.
Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency and/or food service corporation.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.
There are no formal qualifications to become a nutritionist.
2). Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time, however I can provide you with a Superbill, which you can submit to your insurance provider for potential reimbursement.
3). What does the first session entail?
We will conduct an in-depth review and assessment of your current diet and your medical, nutrition and training/athletic history. This will provide me with more information about your current nutritional status so I can help you achieve optimal results. Once we have reviewed this information, I will provide you with resources and recommendations based on your specific needs. This may include: meal and snack timing recommendations based on your work/school and training regimen, targeted nutrition therapy and education based on the presence of any medical conditions, strategies to fuel and nourish your body, and supplement recommendations if needed. We will then work together to come up with attainable goals to work toward between sessions.
4). What do follow-up sessions entail?
Follow-up visits are an opportunity to monitor your progress. At each visit, we will revisit your goals and discuss what is and is not working for you. We will then adjust your nutrition plan accordingly. If you have other diet/nutrition-related concerns, we will address those as well.
5). Where are visits conducted?
In-person visits are conducted in my office in Westlake Village, CA. Virtual sessions are conducted through a HIPAA-compliant platform.
6). Can I work with you if I live outside of Los Angeles?
7). Can I work with you if I'm not an athlete?
Absolutely! I have extensive clinical nutrition experience and expertise and can help manage the following conditions: anemia, cardiovascular disease, celiac disease, colitis, cancer, crohn's disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, prenatal nutrition, postpartum nutrition, nutritional deficiencies.
8). Do you see pediatric clients?
Yes, I work with people of all ages.