FAQ

I’ve been struggling with my symptoms for years, and nothing has helped. How do I know this is going to work?

Everyone has their own health trajectory, and each patient will have a different path to success. There are many different options we can explore, and I will look for the best solutions for you if we work together. I only take on clients when I feel 100% certain I can help them.

My doctor told me that food has nothing to do with inflammatory bowel disease, and what I eat won’t have any impact on my symptoms. Is that true?

When I was initially diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, my doctor handed me a brochure about UC before I left his office. Right at the top of the brochure, it said, “What you eat has no impact on your symptoms.”

But on a gut level, you already know that isn’t true. What you eat does make a difference – a BIG one!

Your digestive tract actually houses 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, so having a healthy gut is a critical part of staying mentally and physically well throughout your lifetime.

A healthy gut starts with eating a healthy diet that is customized for your specific needs – and that’s my specialty.

I just got diagnosed and started treatment. Is this the right time for me to take a look at my diet?

Absolutely! This is the perfect time to evaluate your diet and make sure you’re making choices that support your medical treatment. I work with a large number of people who have just been diagnosed.

I’ve scheduled an initial 20-minute call. What happens now?

At your appointment time, all you need to do is give me a call at 281-903-5134. I’ll ask you some questions, and we’ll determine whether we’re a good fit. It’s painless and easy!

How is your approach different?

Some dietitians use a one-size-fits-all approach with their patients, but that’s not the way I work. I typically run blood work and stool testing so we can go beyond just guessing. I also measure progress using symptom questionnaires so that I can track what’s improving and what’s still pending. I also customize a unique nutrition plan based on the individual needs of each patient, then provide step-by-step support via our video consults, phone and chat as they implement their plan. Outside of sessions I provide a high level of support with weekly course modules, recipes and meal plan support.

Do you have Ulcerative Colitis? I want to meet with someone who really understands what I’m going through

Yes. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2011, and I’ve personally experienced the symptoms that you’re struggling with. Just like you, I’ve gotten lost in the endless cycle of traditional healthcare, and I had to make the decision to take back control of my own health and destiny by seeking the health care I most aligned with.

Now my mission is to help all my clients get relief from their symptoms and make peace with food.

What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

Many people use these terms interchangeably, but the titles mean two very different things. I’m a Registered Dietitian with training in Integrative and Functional Medicine.

Registered Dietitians must have a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

All Registered Dietitians must have a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised experience, and they must pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

While there are also other certifications for Nutrition, the term “Nutritionist” can be used by anyone and even those without any formal training.

Do you see patients virtually or online?

As of March 2020, I see patients virtually through video chat or by phone. I had an office space for 5 years and found that most of my patients prefer virtual meetings because it saves them so much time and is just as personal as face to face! If you’ve ever visited a provider in person and not been looked in the eye or listened to- you’ll know that feeling seen and listened to is much more than being having an in person consult. I always aim to make you feel comfortable, heard and seen in every interaction. Also, rest assured that your privacy is my top priority. We use a HIPPA-compliant online meeting software for video sessions and chat.

Do you accept insurance?

As you probably already know, insurance isn’t up to speed with covering some of the latest testing and tools available. For many of you, insurance woes are one of the things that have led you to seek the support of a dietitian.

I am not “in network” for insurance plans, but I do offer reimbursement receipts (Superbills) when you work with me. I’ve had much better success with insurance covering things going this route than through the traditional direct route.