Is Registered Dietitian the same as Nutritionist?
Yes and No :) The designation of ‘Registered Dietitian’ is protected by Law in Canada. Just like medical doctors, a Registered Dietitian must meet a minimum set of requirements set out in Alberta by the College of Dietitians of Alberta and the Health Professions Act. Registered Dietitians can also use protected titles, such as Dietitian, Registered Nutritionist and the initials RD. As of May 2016, the Alberta Government made “Nutritionist” also a protected title that can only be used by dietitians, but in many other provinces this is still not the case. In short, outside of Alberta all dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians.
Can I claim the cost of the visit?
To my best knowledge, one-on-one services of a Registered Dietitian are both tax deductible, and covered by many insurance plans. However, everyone’s medical insurance policy is different. Please check if your specific provider covers these services and the amount covered. You can pay per visit or we can create a package plan that would best suit your needs!
I try to do direct billing for insurance whenever possible. Sometimes, your insurance provider may not allow direct billing. In this case, you will be asked to pay for your session/package in full. I will then issue an official receipt for you to submit a claim to your insurance provider so that you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company.
Accepted methods of payment include: Debit, Visa, Master Card and e-transfer.
Even if you do not have insurance, dietitian services are tax deductible under medical expenses.(Note: Canada Revenue Agency recognizes a Registered Dietitian as an ‘Authorized Medical Practitioner’.)
Do I need doctor's referral to see you?
Nope, you can self-refer to see me! However, if you have a specific medical condition for which you are seeking nutrition therapy, a doctor’s detailed referral or a note can often provide helpful input.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes. All appointments are pre-booked as I see clients at various times and locations. Appointments may be requested by: email or by calling 780-400-9884 or by stopping by my main office in Sherwood Park. If I am not with another client or away, I will be happy to chat with you and book you in!
Note: If you live in Fort Saskatchewan and need an in-person appointment, booking can be done through your local Nexus Therapeutics Clinic. Please call them at 780-589-1100.
Is my name, purpose of the visit or any other information confidential?
100%! As a health care professional I am committed to keeping your personal health information safe, confidential and always follow a high standard of privacy for any information you will provide me with. If you have any questions, concerns or worries about your privacy at any time, please, let me know!