Nutritional Counseling

What is a registered dietitian (RD)?

   An RD is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD”.  To obtain this credential one must complete the following: a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at a US regionally accredited college or university, a minimum of 900 hours of supervised practice accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), successful completion of the national registration examination for dietitians, and annual continuing educational requirements. The RD credential can only be used by dietetics practitioners who are currently authorized by CADE to use this credential.  This is a legally protected tittle.

Why is there a registered dietitian (RD) at an OB/GYN office?

    We at the Einhaus Group for Women’s Health are concerned about the health and well being of the whole woman and not just her reproductive parts. Several of the leading causes of death are diet related. Since most women only see their physician once a year for their annual Pap smear, and women love the idea of “one stop shopping”, we feel that having a dietitian on staff to meet the health needs of our patients is very important.

    Upon examination, our practitioners will refer you to our dietitian based on your lab results, health history, physical findings, and/or your nutrition questions.  Whether you have diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, weight management issues, or simply want to improve the nutritional quality of your diet, our dietitian is here to help!

When should you see a registered dietitian? 

    A lot more often than you might think!  The American Dietetic Association suggests seeing a registered dietitian if you have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, or high blood pressure.You should also consult a registered dietitian if you are contemplating gastric bypass surgery, if you have chronic digestive problems, if you’re an athlete seeking to improve performance, or if your child is having growth problems.  Pregnant women also benefit from a consultation with a registered dietitian.

    A registered dietitian is not the same as a “Nutritionist.”  Anyone can call him/herself a “nutritionist”, but registered dietitians are credentialed only after receiving a college degree in nutrition/dietetics, completing an internship and passing an exam.  In many states registered dietitians must also be licensed to receive third party insurance reimbursement.

  Some insurance companies may insist upon a referral from your doctor because of a medical condition, such as diabetes or obesity, to cover the visit.  It you pay out of pocket, the fee is typically $50 to $250 (ours at the Einhaus Group is $80) for the first visit, then less afterward.

    It’s actually cost-effective for insurers to pay for dietitian visits, at least for obese patients with diabetes, according to a study published this year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.  With over 60% of Americans overweight, seeing a registered dietician is good for your health.

Nutritional Services (Physician Referral Required)

   We offer individualized nutritional counseling for Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Insulin Resistance, Prenatal Nutrition, Gestational Diabetes, Dysmetabolic syndrome, Weight Management, and Healthy Eating.

    The first appointment usually lasts 1 hour and the first follow-up appt usually lasts 30 minutes.  Additional follow-up appointments, lasting 15 minutes, are scheduled based on the patients needs and concerns.