Frequently Asked Questions
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are considered experts in the field of nutrition, trained in food and nutrition sciences, including biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and anatomy. They have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university followed by a supervised practice program with 1000+ hours in hospitals and community agencies. They must pass a national examination and regularly complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain their registration.
Yes. Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) must meet academic and professional requirements set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As noted above, this includes a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, completion of a supervised practice program, passing a national examination and completing continuing education credits to maintain registration.
The term “nutritionist” is not regulated so anyone may use that title regardless of their knowledge and experience in the field.
Functional nutrition focuses on identifying and addressing underlying root causes of an illness to improve health outcomes. It uses a systems-based approach that takes into consideration how every system in the body is interrelated. Functional nutrition provides an explanation of underlying mechanisms and root causes of disease so we don’t just suppress symptoms but we directly address their underlying root causes for lasting change. It utilizes a personalized, “food first” approach to care with the goal of promoting health and preventing diet and lifestyle-related diseases.
It might sound like a no-brainer, but very often in healthcare we see patients being treated for symptom relief rather than addressing the root cause of those symptoms or illness. When we are able to identify and treat the root cause, patients have a better opportunity to find long lasting relief, not only for symptoms but for alleviating or preventing other health issues and disease states.
As an example, a person with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has several options for eradicating this overgrowth, including antibiotics, antimicrobials or elemental diets. However, simply treating the overgrowth without addressing the reason the patient has developed it in the first place, means the patient can likely expect a recurrence.
Yes! While specializing in those areas, I am able to work with clients facing other chronic illnesses as well. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I have been trained in a wide array of illnesses that can be addressed with medical nutrition therapy including cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, gallbladder and pancreatic issues, food allergies and intolerances, and chronic dieting to name a few. I also work with clients looking to ensure proper nutrition for the prevention of chronic illness. Based on your needs and lifestyle, this could be related to: wanting to learn how to eat for optimal health; how to make better choices while dining out or traveling; meal planning, or simply finding solutions to the barriers preventing you from eating in the way that will optimize your health.
Absolutely not! My nutrition philosophy is based on the concept that healthy eating is a fundamental step we can take to prevent chronic illness. The leading health conditions plaguing Americans are all nutrition-related illnesses. We are fed (pun intended) conflicting information at every turn, and at best, nutrition is an evolving science. I can help you wade through the misinformation, communicate the science behind the nutrition, and make sure that you’re on track with nutrition and a lifestyle that work best for you.
Due to Covid-19, I use telehealth to meet with clients remotely via a secure, HIPAA compliant platform. We will connect through a video call and you simply need to click a link sent to you when it’s time for our session. You can connect using a computer, phone, or tablet.
Both the frequency and number of follow up appointments will vary based on your needs and treatment plan. This will be discussed toward the end of our initial consultation. Many clients schedule appointments every 1-2 weeks to start and then as time goes on may need to be seen less frequently. Regular follow-up appointments allow us to check in on progress and revise treatment plans when necessary. For hormone health issues, 3-6 months with decreased frequency between visits may be ideal as it can take time for hormones to regulate enough to see changes. If you have questions regarding the number of follow-up appointments, feel free to schedule a 15 minute complimentary phone call to discuss.
After scheduling your appointment, you will receive an email with instructions to complete several online intake forms through the patient portal. These should be completed at least 48 hours before your appointment so that I will have adequate time to prepare and review. You should also collect any information you believe to be relevant, such as notes or reports from doctor’s visits, recent diagnostic or lab test results and a list of medications and supplements you are taking.
Through telehealth, it is possible to see clients outside of NJ but please contact me prior to scheduling an initial consultation to determine if I can work with you. This will be determined based on the state in which you are residing as some require me to be licensed within that state and others do not.