Frequently Asked Questions

 

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How does nutrition affect my fertility? 

Both traditional wisdom and modern science have found a connection between what we eat and our fertility. Which totally makes sense when you really think about it. 

All of your cells (including your eggs and the ones that make up your uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and brain) are made from the building blocks you provide it with from the foods you eat. The same is true for your hormones. So, at least to a degree, your reproductive system depends on your food choices to stay balanced and healthy.

For more details, head over to the blog to read posts about how different eating patterns, foods, and nutrients have been shown to enhance your fertility.

I don't want to lose weight, how can a nutritionist help me?

Congrats on being at a weight you feel good at. That can be super hard in our never-quite-good-enough world.

Nutritionists do way more than help people lose weight. We help people make lifestyle changes so can live the life they want. So if you're planning to get pregnant, I can help you make sure your body is as healthy as possible and as fertile as possible so conception, pregnancy, and your future baby's health are all optimized. If you're looking for more energy, clarity, and focus I can help with that too.

Food and lifestyle choices affect so much more than weight. They affect how you feel, think, work, move. Everything!

How can I schedule an appointment with you?

Simply click here. You'll be taken to my services page where you can learn more about working with me one-on-one.

What are your qualifications to provide fertility and women's health nutrition counseling?

I live for this stuff! Sure, I have training, experience, and credentials in nutrition, aromatherapy, and women's health but beyond all that, I really love helping women feel better in their bodies and improve their fertility, simply and naturally. 

I've worked as a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) dietitian, a community nutritionist working with PCOS, diabetes, preconception, and prenatal patients, and an oncology dietitian. 

Here's a snippet from my resume, you know, if you're into that kind of stuff...

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY - Master of Science in Nutrition and Public Health
  • Howard University, Washington, DC - Bachelor of Science Nutritional Science with a Double Minor in Chemistry/Biology
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration - Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist
    • 2017 Women's Health DPG Emerging Professional Award Recipient
    • Certificates of Training in Weight Management and Integrative and Functional Nutrition
    • General Body Member, DPG memberships:
      • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (online message board monitor volunteer, former),
      • Nutrition Entrepreneurs (general body member),
      • Women’s Health (Continuing Education Article Reviewer, current)
  • New York State Department of Education - Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
  • North Carolina Board of Dietetics/ Nutrition - Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist
  • The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, Inc. - Certified Lactation Counselor
  • New York Institute of Aromatherapy - Certified Aromatherapist, Level 1
  • The Herbal Academy 
    • Introductory Herbal Course: Completed
    • Intermediate Herbal Course: In Progress
  • Integrative Women's Health Institute
    • Hormones 101
    • Optimal Fertility
  • Dr. Sears Wellness Institute - Pregnancy Health Coach Certification Course
  • Holy Yoga Inc. - 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

What's the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

The short and sweet answer is all dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are dietitians. But that's far from complete. Both tend to love people, love science, and love food.

A registered dietitian must have a bachelors degree (though many have masters and doctoral degrees as well) from an accredited college or university. They must have completed a minimum number of courses nutrition, biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and other classes to prepare them for a career in nutrition and dietetics. They then must complete a 1200 hour supervised internship and pass a registration exam.

A nutritionist who is not a registered dietitian may very well have done all of the above and more, something similar, or nothing at all. The only way to know  for sure is to ask (or google them!)

    Do you meet with men, too?

    My focus is women's health but if you're a man looking to improve your fertility, I'd be happy to work with you.

    Can my partner and I meet with you together?

    There's no one size fits all when it comes to wellness. What you need may be drastically different than what your partner needs. I highly recommend you meet with me alone for our first few sessions so we can focus on creating a plan that's right for you. This is your chance to focus on you. Down the road, we can schedule an appointment for your partner or a joint appointment.

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    I accept all major credit cards and FSA/ HSA cards.

    Do you accept insurance?

    I do not currently accept insurance, but I'm more than happy to create a super bill for you. A super bill is a document you submit to your insurance provider to request reimbursement for your out of pocket medical expenses. I also accept FSA/ HSA cards.

    What if I need to reschedule or cancel a session?

    I understand life happens. If you need to reschedule, please do so at least 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the full coaching session. Of course, I make exceptions for emergencies. If I must reschedule, it will be done as far in advance as possible.

    Please, if you know in advance you'll be late, let me know as soon as possible. If you're late without prior notification, you will be charged the full amount of the session fee and your session will not be extended past the originally scheduled session end time. 

    What's your refund policy?

    If you purchase a package but decide you'd like a refund, I will refund you the full amount ASAP as long as the request is made before your package or appointment begins. Once you have redeemed an appointment, I won't be able to refund you the full package amount.

    Do you meet with clients in person?

    I only meet with clients by phone or video. New to video appointments? They're great! They're incredibly convenient and super easy to set up.