If you would like to begin working with me, here is everything you need to know. Towards the end I also discuss the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian in case you are curious.
I provide nutrition counseling using a mix of health coaching and motivational interviewing. My passion is helping people connect with their food. I especially enjoy helping busy parents feed their growing families and simplifying their dinner time routine.
Part of being a professional is knowing what you are good at and what you are not. I am great at cooking other people’s recipes and horrible at creating my own. There are many great recipe resources out there from other amazing dietitians and I will happily share them with you.
I will also be transparent about what I feed my growing family.
I will not refer you out for extra lab work or questionable third party tests. Nor do I sell supplements or prescribe diets. We can create a meal plan together that will focus on foods you enjoy, not things you never eat.
My goal is to educate you, motivate you, and empower you to do this on your own. I will answer your questions, clarify misunderstandings and help you develop habits that support the life you truly want.
I work with a variety of health conditions. These can include weight management, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune conditions, GI concerns, and more.
Depending on what you need, we may spend our initial session covering your medical history and where you want to go. However, we can also jump right in and start answering your questions as well. Its up to you.
How Do We Meet?
I am available to meet via Zoom, FaceTime, or chat via telephone. We can also meet in person if you live within 10 miles of Naperville.
My hourly rate is $75.
Payment is due at the start of each visit. I do not currently accept insurance.
(4) 60 minute consultations within 120 days – $250
(6) 60 minute consultations within 180 days – $350
If you pay for a package you can also email me or text a quick question during the time period you paid for at no extra charge. However if the question requires me to do a significant amount research we will discuss it at our next scheduled visit.
When you reach out we will start by scheduling a free 30 minute call to make sure I am the right person to work with you. If not I will do my best to refer you to someone who can.
What Is the Difference Between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian?
A nutritionist is anyone who provides general nutrition advice. This can include your personal trainer, friend on Facebook, your neighbor or your grandmother. A dietitian is a professional who has passed a national exam and met certain educational requirements.
All dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
How Do you Become a Dietitian?
It is a lot of work to become a registered dietitian (RD). First, you must earn an undergraduate degree in nutrition. Then you need to match with and complete a dietetic internship through an accredited program. Finally, you must pass a credentialing exam.
These requirements ensure that RDs are highly educated in the field of nutrition and fully qualified to give medical nutrition advice.
The RD credential is consistently recognized in all 50 states. In addition, 24 states require a license in order to legally provide individual counseling. Illinois is one of those states.
You can tell a dietitian is licensed if you see “LD” or “LDN” in their credentials. This is why I am a RD, LDN for example.
Is a Dietitian The Same As a Nutritionist?
No. As I mentioned above, all dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are dietitians. In the 24 states where licensing is required you cannot legally call yourself a nutritionist unless you meet the state’s requirements and obtain a license.
In the remaining 26 states there are no rules. Here is a good resource to help you learn if your state requires a dietitian to have a license or not.
Making the choice to work with a dietitian is similar to choice you make when working with other professionals. Anyone can technically replace an electrical outlet in your house but I would not let someone with no experience or proven expertise replace my electrical panel.
The challenge is that most people do not know the difference and the term nutritionist is more popular. This is why many dietitians use the term nutritionist to also describe themselves.
What Should You Do?
Personally I always want to get the most value for my money. I would choose to work with a dietitian nutritionist every time.
Definitely work with someone you trust. Check their website and see where they received their education. Be sure that the person you work with is an expert in the area where you need help.
A truly honest and trustworthy professional will tell you when they can help you and when they can not.
Reach out today if you want to learn more.