FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why hire a Dietitian? Can’t my trainer or a nutritionist help me with my nutrition?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a healthcare professional who has completed a nutrition-related degree which includes a rigorous course of study in the scientific areas of biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology classes. They also must complete an internship (just like a medical doctor), or go through an approved coordinated undergraduate program that combines supervised practice and the last two years of college. Then all dietitians must pass a national board examination before they can receive the credentials RDN.  By the time an individual receives their RDN credential, they have specialized knowledge in the area of nutrition.

RDNs also must complete continuing education courses regularly in order to keep their registration current. Many people refer to themselves as a nutritionist. The term nutritionist can be misleading. A nutritionist does not have to meet all of the rigorous requirements a registered dietitian needs to. A nutritionist is not required to complete a degree, a supervised experience, a national board examination, or continuing education courses.

What is functional medicine?

As defined by the Institute for Functional Medicine:

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

What is integrative medicine?

As defined by Duke Integrative Medicine:

Integrative medicine is an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.

How does virtual coaching work?

Virtual coaching is a great way to work together! We can meet regardless where either of us is located. You setup an appointment just like if you were going to see me in an office. When you make your appointment, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to meet by phone or using a web-based conference service or face time. During the session, I’ll take notes for you, just like if we met in an office. I’ll email you the notes with confirmation of our next meeting within 24 hours of completing our session.