How to See a Registered Dietitian for Nutrition Help
Hi, my name is Ellen Thomson. I’m a registered dietitian here at CHI Health, and today we’re going to talk about how to schedule a visit with a dietitian.
So you’ve consulted Facebook, Pinterest, and even your friend that sells wellness supplements for nutrition advice, but why not consider meeting with one of our registered dietitians?
What is a Registered Dietitian?
A registered dietitian is trained in the science of nutrition. We go through a bachelor’s program of nutrition and science courses, an extensive internship program, and sit for board certification exams. Many dietitians have certifications in the areas of their specialty.
What Does a Registered Dietitian Do?
They work with you to find foods that fit into a health plan that helps you feel great, work on any chronic diseases you might have, and provide you with the best energy to get through the day. Registered dietitians can also work with you to create a custom meal plan that explores many foods that will benefit to you. We’re not just going to tell you what you can’t eat!
A registered dietitian can help you no matter what your disease condition might be, whether that’s cancer, diabetes, heart disease or variety of gastrointestinal problems. We are trained in the science of how to deal with all of those issues.
How Do I Schedule and Pay For my Visit?
Some insurance companies do cover medical nutrition therapy, which would be a visit with a registered dietitian, but if your insurance does not, we have a great new program we partnered with called MDsave where you can purchase nutrition counseling sessions at a discounted price.
So do you feel like you’re ready to come work with one of our registered dietitians? Let’s find out how to schedule. All we need is a referral from your doctor or provider with the reason why you should meet with us. This could be an electronic or paper referral both which are attached on our website if you’re not sure what to do, just reach out to your doctor’s office and they can help you!
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a clinical dietitian at CHI Health, working in Oncology and Functional nutrition. Ellen helps patients improve nutrition habits during cancer treatment and beyond. She is a group fitness instructor at the CHI Health Lakeside Wellness Center and enjoys helping people of all fitness abilities be active. Ellen is passionate about helping patients improve their lives through nutrition, activity and stress management.