Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

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What kind of clients do you work with?

Emily works with adult clients (ages 18 and older) and is proud to be a health provider listed on the Health At Every Size® registry.  She welcomes clients of all sizes, genders and identities.

What's your specialty?

Emily's primary speciality is eating disorders and she cares deeply about helping her clients normalize their relationship with food and exercise.  She has eating disorder treatment center experience at both PHP and IOP levels of care.

Emily has a professional interest in gastrointestinal disorders. Her experience spans irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, allergies and food intolerances, gastroparesis, and other digestive issues. She is also equipped to help clients struggling with other chronic health conditions (i.e. heart health, diabetes, etc.).

Do you take insurance?

Emily is an out-of-network provider and does not accept insurance at this time.  However, after the session, she can provide a superbill for clients who wish to seek reimbursement from their insurance provider.

Some clients may be able to request coverage for nutrition benefits that aren't explicitly stated in their plan.  For clients who are unsure of where to start, click here to download a guiding form.  This form is complimentary and does not guarantee any specific insurance outcomes.

When do you offer appointments?

Mondays: 8:30am-7:00pm

Tuesdays: 8:30am-7:00pm

Wednesdays: 8:30am-10am

Thursdays: 8:30am-10am

Emily does not offer weekend appointments at this time.

How do virtual appointments work?

Virtual appointments are available through Healthie, a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform.  If you've arranged for insurance reimbursement, keep in mind that some carriers may not reimburse for virtual sessions.  Please note, this option is only available for clients residing in states where Emily is licensed (DC, MD) or states that don't have specific licensure laws (i.e. VA).

Can you help me lose weight?

Emily does not specialize in weight loss or advocate for medically unnecessary dietary restrictions (i.e. diets).  Instead, she works with clients to improve their relationship with food, eat according to hunger and fullness cues, and move away from using food to cope with various forms of stress.  Addressing these issues surrounding food may or may not result in weight loss.

What are all those letters after your name?

The MS indicates that Emily earned a Master of Science degree (in her case, studying Nutrition and Public Health).  The RD marks her as a Registered Dietitian.  The LD is for Licensed Dietitian, which means she is legally licensed to practice in her state.

What's the difference between a nutritionist, an RD, and an RDN?

This trips people up all the time!  A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a nutrition expert who, at a minimum: holds at a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in nutrition science, completed a dietetic internship of 1200 supervised practice hours, and passed a national certification exam.  RDs also must complete at least 75 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits every five years to maintain their credentials.

A "nutritionist," on the other hand, is less clearly defined.  It could be someone who worked for years to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition science.  It could also be someone who earned a certificate at a weekend workshop.  No matter who you choose to work with, it's important that they have rigorous training to best meet your needs.

Adding to the confusion is the new credential RDN, or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Wanting to capitalize on the recognizability of the word "nutritionist," the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently approved the use of the RDN credential.  Simply put, RD and RDN are interchangeable.