Frequently Asked Questions

Insurance

I do not accept insurance.  Unfortunately, most insurance plans don’t cover nutritional counseling unless you have diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  Further, the insurance business model does not recognize the level of care and service I provide. As a clinical and functional nutritionist, I spend extra time with my clients to uncover the root cause of their conditions so they get quick relief and lasting results. With that being said, I can help defray the cost with the following:

  • I accept FSA (Flex Spending Account) and HSA (Health Savings Account) cards.  Please note that it is your responsibility to verify coverage for nutrition counseling with a clinical nutritionist (I am not a dietitian).  Your plan may require that you have a Medical Letter of Necessity for reimbursement.

  • If your plan covers Medical Nutrition Therapy for out of network providers, I can provide you with a Superbill receipt.  You can submit the receipt to your insurance company and they may reimburse a portion of the cost.

 

What is a CNS?

I am a board Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner.  The requirements include earning Masters of Science in Nutrition, having at least 1,000 clinical hours and passing a board exam.  I am qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy and nutrition counseling for health conditions. 

 

What’s the Difference Between a Nutritionist, a Registered Dietitian and a Health Coach?

These terms are often used interchangeably and their meaning can vary depending on what state you live in. 

  • In the state of NY, anyone can offer nutrition advice and use of the term "Nutritionist" is not a protected title.  It’s up to the consumer to do their due diligence to determine the level of education, qualifications, board certifications, experience, etc. 

  • I am a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner (CNS). The requirements include earning Masters of Science in Nutrition, having at least 1,000 clinical hours and passing a board exam.  I am qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for health conditions. 

  • A Registered Dietitian is also qualified to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for health conditions.  They are required to have a nutrition-related Bachelor’s degree and complete an internship.  They are not required to have a Masters Degree but many do.

  • Health coaches can educate on healthy eating in general or educate on specific diets applicable to the general population.  They can’t advise on dietary changes for specific medical conditions or provide individualized nutrition plans.  It is not within their scope of practice.

 

How Does Nutritional Counseling Work?

Everyone is welcome to schedule a free 15-minute strategy session to determine if we are a good fit.  You should be comfortable with my approach and my expertise.  I am looking for clients who understand that restoring health is a process and are ready to make changes to their diet and lifestyle.  As part of our initial strategy session, I will explain my approach to your case based on your symptoms and health conditions.     Learn more about what to expect from nutritional counseling.