Do you take insurance?
Due to the limited and variable rates of reimbursement, I do not accept insurance directly. However, after services are rendered I can provide Wisconsin residents with a superbill (a medical receipt) for out of network providers. You will have to check with your insurance plan to determine potential reimbursement rates for registered dietitian services. I encourage you to check with your insurance company to determine coverage, as some may require a consult from a physician or a specific diagnosis.
You can use most Health Savings Accounts or FSA funds for registered dietitian services.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist or health coach?
A dietitian has received rigorous education including a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from an accredited university, 1200 hours of supervised practice, and has passed a national board examination in order to get credentialed and qualify for licensure. Additionally, continuing education hours are required in order to remain credentialed. While many nutritionists do have some education, there are no standardized requirements to call yourself a nutritionist or health coach, and in most states there is no licensure pathway. Working with a registered dietitian is the only way to know for sure that the person you are working with has received extensive education in nutrition, biology, anatomy & physiology, food safety & science, drug & nutrient interactions, disease states, and more.
How do virtual appointments work?
Virtual (video) consulting provides the same personal, face to face consultation without the need to travel! Use your computer, laptop, or phone to log into our private meeting. I offer select early morning and evening appointment times. Clients have found video consultations fit perfectly into their day and have the ease and comfort from your own home or office.
For you busy mamas out there, you can of course have little ones around or schedule appointments around their nap times. I'm a mama too, I totally get it! Whatever works best for you!
How long do you work with clients?
While this answer varies considerably based on the client's needs and goals, I have found that a minimum of three months of working closely with clients is needed in order to get the best results. A single "one and done" session is just not effective for the type of work that I do that involves long-term healing, nurturing a positive food and body relationship, and forming new habits. I don't want to waste your time or your money with single sessions that don't provide the support and guidance needed for results.
Clients that are a good fit for my services are ready to make a commitment and investment in their health. If you are searching for a functional nutrition practitioner to identify underlying inflammatory triggers, simplify the confusing process of health and nutrition, and create a personalized nutrition plan for you; you're in the right place!
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Cancellation with less than 48 hours notice, or failure to show up for appointment will count as one of your package follow-up appointments. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
How Can a Functional Nutrition Test Help Me?
Have you not been able to heal your body no matter what diet you follow, what supplements you take, or what medications you've tried? Have prescription medications stopped working, or reduced your overall health? Nutrition tests can help identify sources of inflammation and symptoms in a wide range of chronic inflammatory conditions such as: IBS, fatigue, migraines, brain fog, chronic pain, insomnia, arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, Celiac, Crohn’s, etc.
The two functional nutrition tests that I use most often in my practice with great results are the DUTCH Hormone Panel and the Mediator Release Test (MRT) which is a food sensitivity test. We can discuss these tests and others available if we decide they will benefit your health and fit in with your nutrition plan.
Do I have to give up my favorite foods?
I work with a variety of health conditions ranging from kidney disease to chronic migraines. Helping my clients identify food triggers does typically involve restricting specific foods or naturally occurring food chemicals. While many of my patients are willing to make whatever health changes necessary to find answers and healing, there are some patients who are not ready and that is okay. It is a common and understanding fear if you are not ready to "give up" certain foods or lifestyle habits. My answer to clients is simple, "you are in control of your diet and lifestyle". My role as your dietitian is to provide expert guidance, education, and support. I will recommend what I believe to be most effective in your healing. It is not my job or desire to force you to make changes you are not ready to make.
If you are not ready to give up a food or lifestyle habit, we will work on what you can do aside from those factors. The most important thing to me in our client - provider relationship is honesty and trust. If you are honest with me, I can work with you to improve your diet, lifestyle, and health one step at a time - as you are comfortable.