Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a nutritionist?
Short answer: Yes. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN.
Longer answer: All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. A registered dietitian nutritionist has completed an evidence-based academic curriculum, 1200 hours of supervised practice, as well as passed a national exam. To maintain the RDN credential, he or she must complete continuing education requirements. In Maine, a practicing dietitian must also hold a license with the state. When you hire a registered dietitian nutritionist, you are ensuring that your nutrition practitioner has an appropriate educational and practical background and also works to stay current in the field.
What is a PC?
A PC is a “professional corporation”. It’s like “Inc.” except the business depends on my license as a dietitian, therefore all owners must have this same license. (I am the only owner, so we’re good.) It’s a bit of a pain, because no one knows what it is, but the state required this type of incorporation for this type of business.
Where are you located?
I have a little office within the offices of Snow Sport and Spine, physical therapists. The address is 643 Rockland St. in Rockport. This is near the corner of Routes 17 and 90, on Route 17 across from the West Rockport post office. The office (Suite C) is around the back of the building, up the hill.
What is nutrition counseling?
Nutrition counseling is a supportive process used to set priorities, establish goals, and create individualized action plans while acknowledging and fostering responsibility for self-care. Nutrition counseling can be combined with medical nutrition therapy. It can also include teaching and reinforcement of essential nutrition knowledge. This can mean anything from a pantry assessment to analysis of micronutrients to discussions of body image and anxieties.
What is medical nutrition therapy?
Medical nutrition therapy is a framework used by nutrition professionals for diagnosing, treating, and counseling patients for the purpose of disease management. What does that mean? It means I perform an individualized nutrition assessment and decipher the latest research to make sure your eating plan is safe and effective for your medical condition. In Maine, medical nutrition therapy can only be provided by a licensed dietitian.
Do registered dietitians see healthy people?
Yes! A registered dietitian nutritionist can give the most recent-evidence-based information and help you eat balanced, varied, and nutritious meals that work for you and your lifestyle.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Initial appointments are typically 90 minutes in length. Expect a long conversation with a new friend! First, I’ll get to know you, including your health and nutrition history, and your concerns and goals. Together, we’ll create a plan that addresses those concerns and arrange to follow up to get you further towards meeting those goals.
I heard that you are vegan. Are you going to try to make me vegan?
Nope, not unless you want to. My vegan(ish)ism is a personal choice.
Do you take insurance?
I do not. I can, in many cases, provide you with a special receipt called a “superbill” which you can submit to your insurance company and possibly be reimbursed for money you have paid me. Different insurers have different policies and requirements, so be sure to check with yours if you’re concerned. Not sure what questions to ask? Start by asking about Medical Nutrition Therapy, or "MNT", for your specific concern, about nutrition counseling, and about preventive benefits. Keep in mind I am considered “out of network” with all insurance carriers and plans.
Will you come with me to the grocery store? Will you go through my pantry? Will you help me meal plan?
Yes, yes, and yes, with two caveats. 1. I cannot give a superbill for these services. And 2. I'm not going to tell you what to eat.
Why are you a member of AND? I’ve heard they’re chock full of corporate interests and stuff.
They may be, but I am not. I am a member for two reasons. The first is entirely personal: AND provides resources to me that I cannot get elsewhere and that I find valuable. The second is that I like to support the nutrition advocacy performed by AND, including insurance reimbursement issues, child feeding programs and protection of the term “registered dietitian”.
Will you speak at my meeting/event/fundraiser?
Possibly! My fee varies depending on the event type, the organizing group, and the time needed to prepare. I do several presentations for free each year. Let’s talk!
Do you offer Telehealth?
Yes, I do. Please get in touch and we’ll set something up!
Do you still do personal training?
A little. This is more of a side thing now, not part of my business. But yes, if you’re interested, drop me a line.