What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:  “Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only a registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree, an RD or RDN must fulfill a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization or community agency and pass a rigorous registration exam.”

 Does Buffalo Dietitian take Insurance?

·         YES! Buffalo Dietitian is currently a provider for Independent Health and BCBS. Many insurers are now covering nutrition therapy in full or partially.  You may have 4 visits per year or unlimited visits up to your maximum medical nutrition therapy or prevention and wellness benefit limit. A referral from your doctor may be needed.

 How can I pay for services if I have no insurance coverage?

·         Buffalo Dietitian accepts checks and cash.

 How can I make an appointment?

·         Contact Buffalo Dietitian via email rachel@buffalodietitian.com or call Rachel at 716-208-3568.

 How will individual sessions be conducted?

·         Face to Face/phone/skype

 What do I bring to the first session?

·         A list of any questions or concerns you’d like to address

·         Recent lab results and other pertinent data (for example, blood glucose readings)

·         Two to four days of detailed food and beverage intake records

 What about follow-up sessions?

·         Most people return for follow-up visits for further education, counseling, accountability and support. Frequency and time between sessions is based upon your personal needs and preferences and will be discussed at your first session.

 What if I need to cancel my appointment?

·         There is no cancellation fee if you notify Buffalo Dietitian at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time to avoid being billed for the appointment.