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Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about whether a nutritional approach to care could make a difference in the life of your child or teen? You’re in the right place!
Here’s a peek at some of the most frequently asked questions at Beyond Behavior Nutrition.
Is your question not listed here? Book a free discovery call and let’s address it!

What should I expect during the initial visit?

Emily will listen to your story, take a complete medical history, explore your child’s relationship to food, and their current lifestyle habits. During the first consultation, Emily will help you to identify both short-term and long-term goals, develop plans to meet these goals, and coach you or your child toward success.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book a free discovery session here, or throughout the site (look for the “book now” button in the upper right).

Can I use your services if I live out of state?

This depends on your location and your state regulations. Book a free discovery call and Emily will determine if she can legally consult with you via secure teleconferencing. 

How do appointments work for my child?

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during our first meeting. Consultations take place via secure teleconference and vary based on the age and needs of your child.

Do you take insurance?

I do not take insurance at this time. I do take HSA/FSA, or I can provide you with a superbill that you may submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to determine whether out-of-network Medical Nutrition Therapy is covered by your plan. Submission for payment, communication surrounding reimbursement, and mediation is your responsibility.

Alternatively, I do offer a sliding scale for some of my services. You can read more about it here.

Are you a Dietitian?

I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) in Maryland and Florida. These are protected titles used only by practitioners who are licensed by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. Maryland also recognizes Registered Dietitians (RDs) as Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists (RDNs), whose title is protected and used by practitioners licensed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Professionally, I describe myself as a “Certified Nutrition Specialist.”

Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Some states will only license RDs and do not honor CNS certification. Other states have zero licensing laws surrounding nutrition therapy, allowing anyone to call him or herself a “nutritionist” – regardless of education or training. Because the definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary so widely by state, it’s important to ask about your provider’s training before starting care.

For more information about specific state laws, visit this list of the State Regulation of Nutrition Practice, published by the American Nutrition Association.

As nutrition professionals, RDs typically have more training in acute care (though many work in outpatient care – and some take an integrative & functional approach) while CNS education focuses on outpatient care (private practice, preventative medicine). Both RDs and CNSs are dedicated, passionate providers of evidence-based nutrition therapy and focus on helping patients use food and lifestyle change to live happier, healthier lives!