What is your education?

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition, from LaSalle University. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist after she completed her post-graduate work through the competitive Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affair Healthcare System.  Additionally, Danielle pursued advanced expertise and proficiency in the field of eating disorders, becoming a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) & a Nutritionist or Health Coach?

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Qualifications

  • Minimum of bachelors degree from an accredited university with coursework in nutrition and dietetics designed by the national credentialing agency, ACEND.

  • Completion of a Dietetic Internship consisting of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice.

  • Passed a national board exam.

  • Maintains continuing education credits to maintain Registration and Certifications. 

 

Definition

A qualified health professional who helps promote good health through proper nutritional habits.

Legal Status

  • An expert in nutrition 

  • Registered with the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR)

  • Licensed to practice diet and nutritional consultation

NUTRITIONIST or HEALTH COACH

Qualifications

  • None required

  • In some cases it is a self-proclaimed title. 

Definition

Someone who works with food and nutritional science, aiming to prevent disease related to nutrient deficiencies.

Legal Status

  • Not legally accepted as an expert

What is required to become a

Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD)?

Initial Application Process:

  • 2500 supervised patient care hours directly in the field of eating disorders by an International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. (iaedp) Approved Supervisor.​

  • Complete iaedp™ core courses. The four core courses include:

    • Introduction to Eating Disorders

    • Treatment Modalities of Eating Disorders

    • Medical Aspects of Eating Disorders

    • Nutritional Guidelines for Treating Eating Disorders.

  • Pass iaedp™ Certification Exam

  • Additional education requirements included 6 clock hours in each area:

    • Body image, weight and food issues.

    • Abnormal psychology/addictions.

    • Counseling/psychotherapy.

  • A 1500 word case study which must be of a patient that was treated by the applicant.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional peers who are experienced in the field of eating disorders and familiar with the applicant's personal work in the field of eating disorder. 

  • Completion of a Statement of Intent and Ethics Statement.​

​Maintenance of Certification:

  • On-going continuing education requirements which are to be met, in order to maintain certification include

    • 20 hours of continuing education directly in the field of eating disorders each two-year period of certification.

    • Attendance at an iaedp™ Symposium once every four years.​

Nutrition Sessions, What can I expect?

  • The initial appointment, is a hour long, and the focus is on getting to know you as an individual and learning about your nutrition-related challenges and goals. In the initial assessment you will be asked about your medical history, current physical activity, daily stressors, and sleep habits. You are encourages to bring any labs/blood work to this appointment.

  • Nutrition session frequency is usually weekly and treatment length is approximately  8 weeks when working on making sustainable nutrition behavior change; however, if you struggle with a chronic conditions or an eating disorder treatment length will be longer.

  • First follow-up is usually within one week of the initial appointment. During this time, we will set small, specific, attainable goals to work towards during the following weeks. We will review therapeutic and behavioral change tools, sometimes this involves nutrition activities to be completed at home, and you will be provided with research based nutrition education specific to your nutritional needs. If we are working from a structured meal plan, you will be provided with a meal plan and we will discuss meal ideas that fit the prescribed meal plan.

  • Next follow-ups will be as frequent as is needed to meet your nutrition goals.  Some people require weekly sessions, while others only need every two weeks, or monthly. Follow-up sessions are usually anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, it depends on the individual and whether or not we are working from a Family Based model (adolescents).

  • Grocery shopping tours, food exposure, meal and/or snack sessions, can also be scheduled as a follow-up session. The only thing I cannot do at this time are cooking demos.

Telehealth Information

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical patient care. The use of telehealth devices are now standard medical practice. Through this confidential system you can receive nutrition based counseling, via video conferencing, email, and phone. Nulife Nutrition uses HIPPA compliant video conferencing protect your privacy because your health communication security is a priority.

Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth can help you connect to your healthcare provides and manage your health and well-being remotely. It is an ideal option for those who want to work on their nutrition goals from the comfort of any wifi connected location.  Telehealth gives you the opportunity to make time for your nutritional health without having to spend your time commuting to a counseling session. However, in order to qualify for telehealth services under Nulife Nutrition, when working in the context of eating disorder treatment, it is required that you have a team and is able to be weighed by a therapist or doctor, should weight data be required. 

Insurance & Rates

Do you take health insurance? What is a superbill?

Currently, I am only contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and no other healthcare insurance provider.  Payment for services not covered by BCBSTX is the responsibility of the client.  If a client wishes to use another insurance provider, services much be paid for upfront and then a superbill can be provided. A superbill, is an itemized form of those services that had been provided, which the payer submits to their medical insurance copy for possible reimbursement.

Coverage for medical nutrition therapy varies, please contact your insurance company to verify your benefits.  Please note that in many cases a mental health diagnosis code is required for eating disorder nutrition care reimbursement.  

What forms of payment do you take?

Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted as payment. Even if you plan to pay by cash or check, a credit card is required to be on file and will only be charged for a late cancellation or a no-show appointment per the cancellation policy.

What is your Cancelation Policy?

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure to cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session. Insurance does not cover cancelation fee, if you do not cancel your appointment within 24 hours you will personally be responsible for the cost of the reserved session. 

How much is self-pay a session?

  • Initial - $130

  • Follow up $70 (20-30 minutes), $90 (30-45 minutes) and $120 (45-60 minutes)

    • Packages to help offset any costs are also available

  • Grocery shopping & Meal Sessions - Cost Varies

  • No sliding scale is available at this time

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