What should I expect during the initial visit?

Emily will take a complete medical and social history, explore goals, your relationship with food and your current lifestyle habits. During the first consultation, Emily will help you identify both short-term and long-term goals, develop plans to achieve these goals, and coach you toward success.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book a free focus session here, or throughout the site (look for the green buttons!).

Can I use your services if I live out of state?

Yes, Emily can consult with you via secure teleconferencing or over the phone. 

Can I schedule an appointment for my child?

Yes! Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Consultations take place via teleconference or at your home (if you are in the Western Maryland area).

Do you take insurance?

I do not take insurance. I do take HSA/FSA, or I can provide you with a superbill that you may submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to determine whether Medical Nutrition Therapy is covered by your plan.

Are you a Dietitian?

I am a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) in the State of Maryland. These are protected titles used only by practitioners who are licensed by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. Maryland also recognizes Registered Dietitians (RDs) as Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists (RDNs), whose title is protected and used by practitioners licensed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Professionally, I describe myself as a “Clinical Nutritionist.”

Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Some states will only license RDs and do not honor CNS certification. Other states have zero licensing laws surrounding nutrition therapy, allowing anyone to call him or herself a “nutritionist” – regardless of education or training. Because the definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary so widely by state, it’s important to ask about your provider’s training before starting care.

For more information about specific state laws, visit this list of the State Regulation of Nutrition Practice, published by the American Nutrition Association.

As a nutrition professional, I see that RDs typically have more training in acute care (required in hospital or nursing home facilities) while CNS education focuses on outpatient care (private practice, preventative medicine). Both RDs and CNSs are dedicated, passionate providers of evidence-based nutrition therapy and focus on helping patients use food and lifestyle change to live happier, healthier lives!

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