What is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian, AKA registered dietitian nutritionist, is a health care professional who focuses on food (and the people eating the food). To become an RD, there are several requirements, including having:
1) At least a bachelor's degree, and taken a bunch of required college classes in science (organic chem, anyone?), nutrition and food science, counseling, and public health.
2) Completed a supervised internship program.
3) Passed a national examination.
4) Completes continuing education to stay up-to-date on current research and best practices.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and Cigna and are in the process of enrolling with Vermont Medicare & Medicaid. Many insurance companies reimburse for medical nutrition therapy and some cover preventive nutrition education.
For out-of-network clients, we can provide you with a superbill that outlines the services covered. You can submit that to your insurance company for direct reimbursement. Just make sure you check with your insurance to see what they cover.
If you're looking to work on health goals that aren't covered by insurance, we take cash, check and credit card. If you have an HSA account, you may be able to use that to pay for services.
What is a typical session like?
In the initial session, we'll discuss what brought you to nutrition coaching, the role food plays in your life, and health goals you may have. Through questions, I'll guide you toward identifying your top priorities and motivators, and help you brainstorm and adopt new strategies. You'll come away from each session with two to three concrete goals you can achieve by our next session. We'll spend time checking in with how the week (or weeks) went with regard to your goals and readjusting our focus according to your needs,
Do you have a sliding scale?
We think everyone has a right to good health. We want to be able to support you in that journey. If you think you qualify for a sliding scale, please let us know and we can likely work something out.