What is an RD/RDN?  LD?

RD stands for “Registered Dietitian” and RDN stands for “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist”. Both of these credentials mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably  RDN is simply the “newer” version of the credential for Registered Dietitians. 

To become an RD/RDN, one must:

  • Earn a minimum education of a bachelor's degree with all coursework completed through an approved and accredited dietetics program via the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
  • Complete a six-to-twelve month, 1200-hour post-baccalaureate supervised practice component (dietetic internship) at ACEND-accredited sites in order to meet minimum competencies to practice as an entry-level dietitian.  Sites include, but are not limited to, school or hospital foodservice, community settings, hospitals, outpatient clinics, wellness facilities, long-term care centers, and much more.  Supervised practice may be combined with either undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Complete continuing education requirements to maintain registration.

LD stands for “Licensed Dietitian”.  In order to practice as an RD/RDN, one must follow licensing laws according to the state in which they intend to practice.


What is personalized nutrition counseling with an RD/RDN and what are the benefits?

Personalized nutrition counseling is individualized, professional nutrition coaching aimed at helping you to reach your unique health and wellness goals.  Just like a doctor wouldn’t prescribe the same medication to every patient with the same illness or disease, a dietitian wouldn’t prescribe the same foods to individuals with the same condition or health goals.  As individuals, we are so much more than our “condition”  we are social beings with favorites foods, traditions, and different life experiences.  To say there is a "one-size-fits-all" nutrition plan would be unrealistic and unsustainable for long-term health and happiness.  And while the internet may provide seemingly sound advice on what to eat for better health, it lacks the ability of adapting to different cases and situations.  

The bottom line:  Personalized nutrition counseling with Columbus Nutrition Company provides you with science-based, credible, accurate, and relevant information and tools that are created and adapted specifically to benefit you based on your health history, your current health needs, and your future health goals. 


What's the difference between an RD/RDN and a Health Coach?

RDs/RDNs may refer to themselves as health coaches, wellness coaches, or nutritionists, but nutritionists and health coaches may not call themselves registered dietitians.

RDs/RDNs are trained in the nutritional sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology), anatomy, physiology, nutrition pathophysiology, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition counseling.  Additional practice in knowledge application and nutrition counseling is attained through the completion of a dietetic internship following the completion of a bachelor's degree.  With this diverse education, RDs/RDNs are able to work in a wide variety of settings including, the culinary arts, foodservice, community nutrition, coaching/counseling, women’s health, inpatient clinical care, outpatient clinical care, sports nutrition, and much more.  This rigorous training also uniquely equips RDs/RDNs to apply the science of nutrition in facilitating healthy behavioral and lifestyle changes for individuals and groups.

Health coaches and nutritionist programs and/or certifications receive general knowledge on nutrition, with less focus on the sciences, different disease processes, and medical nutrition therapy.  Health coaches often offer expertise and knowledge on specific topics involving nutrition and wellness, but did not receive their nutrition education formally or earn the RD/RDN credential.  However, both RDs/RDNs and health coaches share a similar mission  serve as catalysts for change to positively impact the health and wellness of individuals and groups.


Does working with an RD/RDN mean that I will have to go on a diet?

Absolutely not.  In fact, the word "diet" is frowned upon here at Columbus Nutrition Company.  Instead, we prefer to focus on making realistic and sustainable dietary changes that fit into your lifestyle and are in line with your goals.


Why do I need to complete an initial consult prior to purchasing a HealthyMe™ package?

Nutrition counseling is a cooperative process between you and the dietitian.  In our opinion, it is important for you to get an idea of the dietitian's personal food philosophy, counseling style, and areas of expertise prior to committing to multiple sessions.  If you decide you are not ready to commit to multiple sessions, signing up for just the Initial Consult gives you the opportunity to walk away.  And similarly, if the dietitian feels that another practitioner may be better equipped to help you reach your goals, he or she can make a referral, so you can receive the most appropriate care. 

Read about Sarah's food and counseling philosophies here.


How do I schedule an Initial Consult?

To get started, sign up for your Initial Consult by filling out the Initial Consult Inquiry Form.  Be sure to include your main health goal(s) on the form, and you will receive a response directly from Sarah within 1 to 2 business days (or sooner!). 


Does Columbus Nutrition Company accept insurance? 

At this time, we do not accept payment through private insurance coverage, Medicare, or Medicaid.  However, we are able to provide you with a receipt upon request that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Please be aware that a receipt does not guarantee nutrition counseling reimbursement, so make sure to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to determine if nutrition counseling is covered by your plan.  

Though not always required, it can be helpful to have a referral from your physician when submitting for insurance reimbursement.  Download the Columbus Nutrition Company Physician Referral Form to request a referral from your physician for your nutrition concern(s), and bring the completed form to your Initial Consult.


How will I pay for my appointment(s)?

For in-person nutrition counseling, accepted methods of payment include, cash, check (made out to: Columbus Nutrition Company, LLC), major debit / credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB), and online credit / debit card payments via Square invoicing.  For your convenience, all payments are due at the time of your scheduled consultation.

For by-phone nutrition counseling, accepted methods of payment include, major debit / credit cards (given verbally by phone; please see above for accepted card types) and online credit / debit card payments via Square invoicing.  For your convenience, all payments are due at the time of your scheduled consultation.

Still have questions about how to pay?  Contact us here.


What is your meeting and cancellation policy?

By scheduling a nutrition counseling session (including Initial Consults, PerSessions, and package plans), you agree to the following terms:

  • For initial consult and pay-per-session options, you will be charged a fee of 50 percent of the service rate if that session is missed without notice or is cancelled with notice provided less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.
  • For HealthyMe™ package plans (paid in full at first session), you will forfeit sessions missed without notice or sessions cancelled with notice provided less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment time.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact us using the information provided here.


I am a medical professional and would like to refer clients to you for nutrition counseling.  How can i do this?

If you feel a dietitian would help your patient reach his or her health goals, we would love the opportunity to help!

Because we do not currently accept any form of insurance, referral documentation is not necessary.  Instead, we recommend instructing patients to contact us directly by phone or email at (614) 763-6393 or sarah@columbusnutritionco.com, respectively.  However, if you would like to use a referral form, please feel free to download the Columbus Nutrition Company Physician Referral Form.

For continuation of care, please feel free to send labs and/or documentation with the patient for our review, as we currently do offer any fax services.