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?

Click on the “Let’s Chat” button on the home page.

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?

Not at this time. I do, however, 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. I describe myself as a “Clinical Nutritionist.”

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

Some states allow only RDs to be licensed and do not honor CNS certification. Other states have zero licensing laws surrounding nutrition therapy and virtually anyone can 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 that you ask about your provider’s training before starting care.

For more information about specific state laws, visit the Center for Nutrition Advocacy.

What are the qualifications of a Registered Dietitian in comparison to a Certified Nutrition Specialist?

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and dietary professionals, making up the largest group of nutrition professionals nationwide. RDs work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and in the realm of public health or private practice. RDs must meet academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned at minimum a four year degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed 1200+ hrs of an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency and food service corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years as a requirement to maintain registration.

A Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) is a highly-qualified nutrition professional, nationally recognized as functional nutrition practitioners. CNS professionals often work in private practice, integrative medicine, or functional nutrition settings. To become a CNS, the following requirements must be met:

  • Earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nutrition or a related field (e.g. DC, DDS, Doctor of Nursing, ND, PA, PharmD, etc.) from an accredited university. Coursework must be approved by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) and include nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, and clinical or life sciences.
  • Completed 1,000+ hours of supervised practice experience with equal focus on clinical assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and delivering nutrition education.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS).
  • Completes 75 continuing education credits every 5 years to maintain the credential.

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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