What is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians are healthcare professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition, have completed supervised practical training, and passed a regulatory exam. Dietitians are registered with and accountable to provincial regulatory bodies such as the College of Dietitians of Ontario, that guide their professional conduct and care.
What can I expect during my initial appointment?
Most appointments follow the format of an informal discussion and last about an hour. You can expect to provide some basic information about yourself and your primary goal or concern.
Your dietitian will then ask you a number of questions to fully understand your unique situation such as medical history, lifestyle, behaviour and family relationships. Based on this information, a customized plan including nutrition recommendations and prioritized goals will be provided.
What is the cost and how many sessions do I need?
The services of a Registered Dietitian are often covered by extended health insurance or as part of your employee assistance program. We offer direct billing via HCAI for auto insurance and Blue Cross. Additionally, we are providers with both FSEAP and Morneau Shepell employee assistance programs.
Costs are $140/hour with an initial assessment typically taking one hour and follow-up appointments 30 minutes. Many issues can be dealt with in one session, while others require ongoing follow-up.