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Who receives treatment at Nutritional Guidance?

Males and females, from pediatrics through the elderly.

What is an RD, LD/N?

A Registered Dietitian, or RD, is an individual who has been extensively trained and certified as an expert in dietetics, food, nutrition and related areas. They provide education on proper nutrition and supervise diet programs and food preparation operations. RD status is regulated and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

A Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, or LD/N is regulated by each state individually. According to Florida’s licensure law “ No person may engage for remuneration in dietetics and nutrition practice or hold himself out as a practitioner of dietetics and nutrition practice unless a person is licensed in accordance with the state of Florida requirements”. Licensed dietitian/nutritionist in Florida should use the designation LD/N. They may use the words dietitian, licensed dietitian, nutritionist or licensed nutritionist

What are the criteria for becoming an RD?

The minimum requirements for becoming a registered dietitian are:

  • A high school diploma
  • A completed bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and, more specifically, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
  • Completion of a CADE supervised practice program or internship which can last between 6 and 12 months and will involve work at a health care facility, food service cooperation, or other related enterprise. The internship may also be combined with undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Passing an exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completion of other ongoing professional and educational requirements in order to maintain registration once obtained.
  • Each state may have additional license requirements but most simply require registration to obtain licensure.

How long does treatment last?

The amount of time spent in treatment depends on many factors including one’s diagnosis, duration and severity of illness and motivation for change.

When do I need an RD?

A Registered Dietitian is an expert in nutrition and can help with a variety of issues relating to health and wellness. At Nutritional Guidance, Inc. Karen Beerbower specializes in a variety of areas including eating disorders, pediatric nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, weight management, and general nutrition concerns.

How is Nutritional Guidance Inc. different from other nutrition services?

Foremost commitment to quality of care and communication with your other health care professionals.

How do I schedule the dietician, Karen Beerbower, for a speaking engagement?

Contact our office at 407-629-5504 and speak to our office administrator regarding your presentation needs.

If I sign the release of information form, how will it be used?

This form enables your dietitian to communicate with your treatment team of other medical/mental health professionals to provide continuity of care.

What is the purpose of completing the food record?

This record allows your dietitian to complete a computerized analysis of your current intake and identify any potential deficiencies and/or changes to be made.

Do you accept insurance?

Nutritional Guidance, Inc. is not currently in network with any insurance company but can provide a superbill complete with diagnostic codes to be submitted to the insurance along with the receipt for reimbursement.

What is a superbill?

A superbill is a document identifying the reason for treatment as well as the date, time and cost of the appointment. This form is submitted to one’s insurance company along with the receipt from the visit for reimbursement.

How many patients will I be in session with?

Treatment is conducted on an individual basis

via a confidential, HIPAA-compliant video portal. Parents or spouses are welcome to attend with a patient if the patient feels their being informed and supportive of treatment will enhance outcomes.

What type of diet will I be expected to follow?

All recommendations are tailored to the individual and changes will be made at a pace appropriate for the circumstances. Education is key and we emphasize a behavioral approach to food that allows this knowledge to be applied in all circumstances.