FAQ

Do you take insurance?

Yes, currently I am credentialed with the following insurances:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield – Networks P & S
  • Humana

How is Andrea different from most dietitians?

Beyond the typical registered dietitian, Andrea’s background not only includes a Bachelor of Science in nutrition but a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. Andrea brings an understanding of the importance of both in helping patients / clients reach their nutrition goals.   Most dietitians are not comfortable or adequately educated on exercise and training prescription to offer this advice to patients / clients. Andrea fully believes in a balanced approach of both physical activity and proper fueling. Andrea works with clients / patients of all levels and recommends physical activities that are within each person’s ability level.

 

How is a dietitian different from a nutritionist?

There are various health coaching certifications and nutritionist certificates out there making it difficult to decipher a credible source requiring a degree with clinical practicum from a 4-hour online certificate. A registered dietitian has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in science so they have the medical background including organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, clinical disease management, etc. as well as counseling and culinary skills. Following graduation, registered dietitians, RDs, have to participate in a dietetic internship (like a nutrition residency) prior to sitting for board examination. The dietetic internship includes rotations in the ICU, outpatient care, long term care, oncology (cancer), cardiology, pediatric, community, wellness, and food service. A dietitian integrates knowledge and skills related to physical, behavioral, cultural, ecological, legislative, community, and clinical aspects of human nutrition.

How many visits will I need?

The number of visits needed to address your health concerns may vary depending on complexity and support needed. With that said, many concerns can be addressed in as few three visits. We strongly encourage a minimum of one follow-up to ensure the information obtained is being implemented into your daily life. Having two follow-up sessions ensures we are able to address your barriers to change and find ways to navigate them for optimal results!

What does a dietitian do?

A dietitian specializes in helping people choose foods that support health and wellness. This can vary dramatically for each individual and even for that individual during different stages of life. It has been said that one person’s nourishment is another’s poison and applying a one-sized-fits all approach may not yield successful results. Many people fear that a dietitian’s job is to take away all enjoyable foods. Not true! The goal of nutrition counseling is to help you find a balance between health-supporting foods and “occasional” foods so you can meet your wellness goals while maintaining optimal nutrition. We believe firmly in “over-restriction leads to over-compensation”, we will work with you to identify your non-negotiables for long-term results!

Where are you located?

101 Westwood Road #109

Knoxville, TN 37919

What will happen during my visit?

Prior to your visit, we will provide you with a comprehensive intake form via email and ask that you email this paperwork back at least one day before your scheduled visit (any lab results you have would be appreciated).

During your session Andrea will refer to this information and continue to take a detailed health and nutrition history – working with you to identify the why’s and what’s of your current eating habits. Keeping your nutrition goals in mind, she will help you optimize your eating habits by providing you with a customized meal plan educating you on the how, why, when, what, where, and how much aspects of your wellness plan!

Between your sessions, Andrea will serve as your wellness coach providing motivational emails, recipes, cooking tips, nutrition articles, and resources. A typical first visit lasts between 1 hour and follow up visits are between 30 minutes and 1 hour.