What is a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. An RD is able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information that you can use. A dietitan can also put you on the path to weight management, eating healthfully, and reducing your risk of chronic disease.
Specifically, an RD is a food and nutrition expert who has met the following academic and professional requirements:
- Graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition science, biochemistry, food service systems management, physiology, microbiology, communication, business, and economics.
- Completed a highly competitive, accredited, supervised internship.
- Passed a nationally accredited exam for registration administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Maintains active registration and licensing by completing continuing education.
In addition, many dietitians have advanced degrees in different areas, and in the state of Texas, Registered Dietitians are also required to maintain licensing.
Is a Dietitian the same thing as a Nutritionist?
Many people wonder if a dietitian is the same thing as a nutritionist. You could say that all dietitians are nutritionists, however not all nutritionists are dietitians. Registered Dietitian is a legal credential with a nationally recognized exam and standards that must be met to take the exam and maintain registration. There are no specific requirements or recognized guidelines for credentials as a nutritionist. A dietitian’s education provides academic and practical emphasis on the science of both food and nutrition. This allows the dietitian to translate science-based messages that involve health needs, performance and wellness to more basic needs of what to eat, how to choose foods, and ways to enhance health through lifestyle choices.
Who Should see a Dietitian?
Many people can benefit from seeing a dietitian. The following list provides a sample of different situations in which a dietitian can help.
You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, cancer, or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
You need to gain or lose weight. An RD can suggest additional sources for healthy weight gain or an eating plan plus physical activity for weight management while still enjoying your favorite foods.
You or your child has issues with food and eating healthfully. An RD can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
You want to improve your performance in sports. An RD can help you set goals to ahieve results and improve performance in your specific area.
You have a digestive problem. An RD will work with you and your physician to help fine-tune your diet so that you are not aggravating your condition and can help you to feel your best.
You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. An RD can help make sure you get the nutrients you need during pregnancy to help you feel your best while promoting your newborn's health.
You need guidance and confidence breastfeeding your baby. An RD can help make sure you are getting enough iron, Vitamin D, fluoride, and B vitamins for you and your little one.
You are caring for an aging parent. An RD can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for high blood pressure, and changing tastes and sensitivites as you ages.
You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for you and your new needs to ensure that your body is getting the right amount of nutrients.
You want to eat smarter. An RD can help you sort through misinformation, learn how to read nutrition labels, discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out while making wholesome choices, and how to create a healthy relationship with food.
How can a Dietitian help?
A dietitian can assess your specific nutrition needs by analyzing your diet, health, and lifestyle factors to provide you with information to best fit your needs. A dietitian will help you to set goals and will help you with behavior modification and lifestyle changes to meet your selected goals. They will encourage you along the way and help you through the rough patches so that you can feel your very best.
Many people say they know they need to make changes to their diet, and might even know the changes they need to make. Sometimes actually choosing steps to make change can be the most difficult part of the entire process. However, a dietitian can help with this as well. Not only will a dietitian provide you with nutrition education, they can also provide you with nutrition counseling to help you with behavior modification to make changes in your nutrition and exercise choices.
How many sessions will I need?
There is no definite length of treatment for individual nutrition sessions. Amount and frequency of sessions will depend on your specific situation, how much you are trying to change, and on your achievement or confidence in reaching your desired goal.
How much does it cost?
Initial Consultations are approximately 90 minutes and cost $180.
All appointments begin with an initial consultation to review your medical, nutrition, and diet history to best provide you with individualized nutrition counseling and to formulate your nutrition goals.
Follow-up visits are approximately 45 minutes and cost $90.
Follow-up visits are scheduled based on your specific nutrition needs and are provided to assist you in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and behavior change that are consistent with your nutrition goals.
*A 20% discount is given to active duty military.
Can I purchase a series or group of appointments?
Absolutely! In addition to individual sessions, we also offer a series or group of appointments at a discounted rate. By purchasing more than one appointment at a time, you save money. Nutrition packages can be purchased in person or online. Our nutrition packages and bundled appointments are as follows:
If you have already had a nutrition assessment, follow up appointments are available individually or in groups of 5, 10, or 25 appointments. Again, the more purchased, the greater the discount.
5 Follow Up Appointments- $428.00 (5% Discount)
10 Follow Up Appintments- $810.00 (10% Discount)
20 Follow Up Appointments- $1,530.00 (15% Discount)
Purchase a group of bundled follow up appointments online by clicking here.
*Please note, packages are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and expire 1 year from the date of purchase. With prior written approval, packages can be shared among family members who live in the same household.
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At this time we do not accept payment through insurance coverage, medicare, or medicaid. However, we will provide you with the proper documentation to assist you in reimbursement from your insurance provider. Please check with your specific provider prior to your appointment to determine if nutrition counseling is covered on your plan.
Do You Take Insurance?
Many of our patients have had tremendous success with reimbursement. If you are interested in reimbursement, it is helpful to have a referral from a physician. You can download our physican referral form here, take it to your physician, and request a referral to us directly for your nutrition concern.
Insurance is changing and many policies will reimburse for services. Some policies will even give you a credit just for visiting with a registered dietitian! If you are not familiar with your policy, I recommend calling the number on the back of your insurance card to discover your benefits related to nutrition counseling or medical nutrition therapy.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral to see a registered dietitian at My Signature Nutrition. Some states do require patients to have a referral to see a dietitian, however Texas is not one of those states. You can can, email, or click on the link below to schedule an appointment with us right now!
If you are planning on submitting your receipt for insurance reimbursement, it can be helpful to have a referral from a physician or other practionier. It is best to check with your inurance provider to find out their policy. If you do need a referral, you can download our physician referral form here, take it to your physician, and request a referral to us directly for your nutrition concern. Keep in mind, a referral is helpful, how it is not required to schedule an appointment.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by phone, email, through this website, or online.
Schedule by phone by calling My Signature Nutrition, LLC at 903.312.8906.
Schedule by email by emailing Info@MySignatureNutrition.com
Schedule through the website by clicking on contact or click here.
Directions for scheduling online are available here.
What if I am not located in the same area?
My Signature Nutrition, LLC is currently located in Tyler, Texas. Many individuals in the East Texas area drive to Tyler for nutrition services from My Signature Nutrition, including the following areas: Whitehouse, Bullard, Flint, Jacksonville, Rusk, Van, Arp, Troup, Henderson, Carthage, Kilgore, Longview, Gladewater, Gilmer, Marshall, Mt. Pleasant, Greenville, Emory, Quitman, Winnsboro, Mineola, Lindale, Canton, Athens, Palestine, and Frankston.
If you are interested in nutrition counseling and not located in this area, you can still receive nutrition services from My Signature Nutrition, LLC via skype video chat or by phone.
Where can I get more information?
If you are thinking about scheduling an appointment and would like more information, you can always contact us with questions or concerns.
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