When and where do you see clients?
Nutritional counseling appointments are available Monday through Saturday at one main location in the North Dallas. Office hours vary, but Casey tries to accommodate patients schedules by providing various times through out the day including evening appointments. If scheduling is an issue please contact Casey to discuss your specific needs.
What should I expect during Nutrition Counseling?
Initial nutrition counseling sessions last an hour and include a full nutritional assessment - weight history, diet history, previous attempts, and what you want to accomplish through our meetings. Based on what we discuss during the assessment Casey will make recommendations and schedule the next appointment. Typically patients begin seeing Casey weekly and once progress is made appointments can be made bi-weekly, or monthly. All following appointments will consist of individualized nutrition recommendations, education, and support.
What do I need to do to prepare for our initial appointment?
What payment methods to you accept?
Casey currently accepts cash, check or credit cards. If use of a credit card is the desired, patients usually keep a credit card number on file. At the time of each appointment the card on file will be ran. Health Savings Account cards that function as a debit card are also accepted. Please note Casey may request a credit card number in order to hold an appointment.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately insurance itself is a full time job and in order to use her full efforts towards patient care, Casey is not contracted with any insurance companies at this time. However, if you would like to use your insurance, Casey can provide you with a Superbill (receipt with insurance codes) so that you can receive reimbursement directly from the insurance company. Casey would be considered an out of network provider. Several of Casey's patients receive 100% or a majority of their out of pocket cost from insurance.
What is a Registered Dietitian? What is a nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert that has at least a Bachelors degree with coursework focused on food and nutrition sciences, medical nutrition therapy, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, psychology, sociology and microbiology. All Registered Dietitians complete 1200 hours of supervised practice in various fields, as well as pass a National Boards Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered Dietitians must complete continuing education to maintain their license.
A nutritionist is not a nationally recognized title and there are no guidelines or criteria to call oneself a nutritionist.
What does RD (or RDN) & LD stand for?
RD (or RDN) stands for Registered Dietitian, which is the national license received after completely necessary coursework, internship and the National Board Exam. LD stands for Licensed Dietitian, which is obtained through the state. Once a dietitian passes the national boards and receives his/her license, that individual can complete a state jurisprudence exam and apply for state licensure. Some states do not require an LD license. Other states, like Texas, require LD licensure to practice in that state.
What does CEDRD stand for?
As the rate of individuals affected by eating disorders continues to grow, a greater need for qualified, knowledgeable treatment providers in the field exists. The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) has recognized that need by offering an advanced Certification Program to promote standards of excellence within the field of eating disorders, established in 2002 and continually strengthened and updated to maintain its strong reputation in the mental health field. It is iaedp’s mission to promote excellence in competency assessment for professionals in the eating disorders field through offering a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience. Registered dietitians with the Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian credential (CEDRD) are experienced nutrition therapists who have met rigorous educational and skill requirements, have accumulated a minimum number of hours of qualifying work experience, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through Continuing Education, and have agreed to comply with the Association's Ethical Principles. Certification is evidence that both the professional and iaedp are diligent in seeking advancement in training, education, research and competency in addressing the complexities involved in the treatment of eating disorders. In addition, both are united in their commitment to the advancement of mental health parity and advocacy for individuals struggling with an eating disorder (reference).
Still have more questions?
Feel free to contact Casey and she will be happy to answer any other questions.