WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS?
I am a nationally accredited Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a certified dietitian in the state of Washington, and I hold a masters degree in nutritional science. You can read more about my credentials here.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RD/RDN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
A Registered Dietitian is a nutritionist (sometimes, you will see Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)), but a nutritionist is not a Registered Dietitian. Registered Dietitians must complete coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Essentially, becoming a Registered Dietitian is an extensive process that requires a lot of education, over 1,200 hours of supervised practice, and passing of the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN NON-DIET DIETITIAN?
There is strong and irrefutable research to support that dieting is not a sustainable approach to achieving long-term health goals. Dieting as a means for weight loss is biologically unsustainable as the body is wired and programmed to override “willpower” in order to keep your body functioning optimally. Research shows that any weight loss associated with following a diet will eventually lead to weight gain – sometimes even more weight than was originally lost. Individuals who engage in yo-yo dieting behaviors are also at a higher risk of gaining additional weight in the future and developing disordered eating and/or eating disorders.
My clinical approach is to never prescribe a diet in order to achieve weight loss. Instead, I focus on helping you identify your own personal goals and motivations for making behavior changes using recommendations that fit your lifestyle.
DOES THAT MEAN YOU DON’T ACCEPT PATIENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO LOSE WEIGHT?
My goal for every client is to support them in reaching a place where they can honor and recognize their body’s natural hunger/fullness cues. As children, we are natural experts at listening to our own internal cues. However, environmental, emotional, social and other stimuli can interfere with our own ability to recognize these signals. Throughout our time together, you may naturally gain or lose weight as you learn to tune into your own body. This process looks different for everyone.
Overall, I’m here to support you in finding joy in eating, and nourishing your body with whole, fresh, and delicious foods. Focusing on small, consistent, and sustainable changes is the most effective strategy to support your long-term health.
WHAT TYPES OF CLIENTS DO YOU SEE?
- General Nutrition/Wellness Coaching (using an non-diet approach)
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia-Nervosa, Bulimia-Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder)
- Disordered Eating/Emotional Eating
ARE YOU TAKING NEW CLIENTS?
Unfortunately, I am not taking on new clients at this time. Please add your email to this waitlist if you’re interested in working together in the future!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN, EVIDENCE-BASED NUTRITION?
Evidence- based dietetics practice means that I use systemically reviewed scientific evidence to make food and nutrition practice decisions. I completed my graduate degree at a cutting-edge research institution, and I am professionally trained to critically analyze and comprehend scientific research to determine validity and distill down the facts.
In other words, I integrate the best available evidence (because sometimes, we just still don’t know!), my professional expertise, and your values/goals into my nutrition recommendations in order to improve your health outcome.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Prior to your first visit, I ask that you fill out my detailed intake form that will allow us to take a deeper dive in your medical history, past/current health habits, and your expectations for the future. We’ll work together to identify your short-term and long-term nutrition/health goals, and I’ll help you come up with a list of tangible action items. We’ll also briefly review your typical food intake and pattern so I can provide personalized meal and snack ideas that fit your goals and lifestyle. Depending on time, I may also provide nutrition education, meal planning strategies, and/or supplement recommendations. At the end of our visit, we’ll determine an appropriate follow-up schedule!
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?
We’ll be communicating through the HIPPA-compliant online platform, Healthie- a safe (and fun) way to stay in touch and make your experience better. After you make your first appointment, you will receive an email asking you to finish creating a log-in. Once you’re able to log in to Healthie, you will be asked to fill out my intake forms.
Life happens – I get it! If you need to reschedule an appointment, there is no charge up to 24 hours ahead of time. If you need to cancel and reschedule an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, there is a $50 fee. If an appointment is cancelled completely, I will give a 100% refund if the cancellation is requested at least 48 hours ahead of time. If a cancellation occurs less than 48 hours in advance, I offer a 50% refund. In the event of a no show, a $75 fee will be charged.
HOW OFTEN DO WE NEED TO MEET?
How often we meet will depend on your current nutrition goals and status. It is common for clients to see me more frequently when we start (every 2-4 weeks), and then to taper down as you make progress towards your goals.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN SEATTLE?
Not a problem! I offer virtual appointments via video.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
You can find my rate information here.
WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE PAYMENT FOR YOUR SERVICES?
You will receive a notification to submit payment for all services at least 48 hours ahead of your scheduled appointment.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE FEES?
I do not offer sliding scale fees, but I do offer a reduced rate to a limited number of clients with Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) plans. Please contact me to discuss the specific rates and if you qualify.