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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition professionals who have met the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a university with coursework approved through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework includes classes in food and nutrition, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, culinary arts, and behavioral sciences

  • Complete 1200 hours of supervised practice through an accredited Dietetic Internship/preapproved program

  • Pass a national examination

  • Maintain credentials through continuing education


Most states also have licensure laws, so you may notice the Licensed Dietitian (LD) credential displayed after a dietitian's name.

In contrast to the RD/RDN credential, the term "nutritionist" is not regulated. While some nutritionists have extensive education and training, some who use the title of nutritionist have little or no formal nutrition education. Always investigate a nutritionist's credentials before working with him or her.

What is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach?

Health and wellness coaches are trained to help people achieve their best health and well-being. They guide clients in developing and implementing their own personal wellness plan and goals, and challenge individuals to go beyond what they would typically do on their own. 

Kim completed her Health and Wellness Coach training and certification through Wellcoaches in 2018.

Will my health insurance pay for your services?

At this time I do not accept health insurance, but I am happy to provide you with a Superbill. A Superbill is an invoice detailing the nutrition services that have been provided to you. Provider fees are due at the time of service, and reimbursement from your insurance company is not guarenteed. Please contact your insurance company regarding your specific situation.

What forms of payment does Kim Rath Nutrition and Wellness accept?

I accept most major credit cards using secure processing through Square.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

After reviewing your medical history, health parameters and lifestyle information, we will explore your needs and desires, and set long and short-term goals. No two people are alike, so together we will develop an individualized plan designed get you from where you are to where you want to go-one step at a time.

Do you offer telehealth (virtual) appointments?

Yes, I offer virtual appointments using a HIPPA-compliant platform.

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