What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)
Becoming a registered dietitian (RD), also known as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is no easy task. Our robust training means that we are your nutrition expert. My career path to help people with their diabetes management has been a mission twenty years in the making. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist practicing in the great state of New Jersey and beyond, virtually.
What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)?
A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is a healthcare professional, including registered dietitians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who have extensive experience guiding clients through the management of their diabetes. This includes a minimum of two years working as a healthcare professional and 1,000 hours of clinical experience with diabetes, and then the passage of a comprehensive exam. This credential also requires many hours of continuing education. As a Registered Dietitian with the CDCES credential, I am extensively qualified to help you get results, faster.
Where is your office?
I meet with clients 100% virtually via a private, secure web platform. As you have questions between appointments I am available for support via secure direct messaging and email. I offer flexible scheduling so that you’re able to make appointments that suit your schedule.
What is the first session like?
Before our first session together, you’ll complete an assessment form walking me through some of your health history and goals for the future. I’ll review this information prior to the first session so that we can hit the ground running the first time we meet! During our first session together, we’ll establish your main, big-picture outcome goals. And then together, we will build out the first 3 months of the personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan. These long-term goals will be broken down into weekly goals so that while you’re making consistent progress, you won’t feel overwhelmed. You’ll leave our first (virtual!) meeting with a customized nutrition and lifestyle plan and a clear vision of the future. Let's meet!
Do you take insurance?
My clients are self-pay. I do not bill insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept payments via credit card or check - thanks!
What is the best prediabetic diet?
You’ve just been diagnosed with prediabetes and are wondering, “what should I eat?” This may surprise you, but there is no best prediabetic diet. The best pre-diabetic diet is the one that fits into your real life while keeping your blood sugars stable. The truth is: there are a lot of ways to accomplish that. That is why it is important to work with a knowledgeable registered dietitian (RD) and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) (hey, that’s me!) because we have the skills and training to craft a personalized plan that actually works for you. You, your life and your goals are unique; your prediabetic diet should be too. If you’d like my expert review of 5 Proven Eating Patterns to prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, click here.
What does prediabetic or prediabetes mean?
A person with prediabetes has higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not quite high enough to have a diagnosis of diabetes. Overweight, obesity and inactivity are the leading causes of prediabetes, but so too are genetics, a history of gestational diabetes, PCOS, dietary habits and even lifestyle patterns such as stress management and sleep. Basically, there is a lot to health and wellness, which is why cookie-cutter plans and yo-yo diets don’t work. As my client, we will be working together to address all of the pieces to the puzzle so that you’re working with a plan that works and lasts.
Should I be worried about my blood sugar?
I find it disappointing how little doctors talk to their patients about their risk of type 2 diabetes or prediabetes until they actually have a diagnosis. The thing is, there are signs that your body is changing and moving towards prediabetes or type 2 diabetes long before a diagnosis. This is where we can start to implement changes, together, to stop that trend. For example, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, your risk of having prediabetes and later type 2 diabetes, is much higher than a woman who didn’t have gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. Or if your A1c (a measure of average blood sugar) has trended up – even if it is still in the normal range – your risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes down the road could be higher, too. The good news: the sooner you know, the faster you can change course. I recommend you take the CDC Prediabetes Risk Test to check your risk of developing prediabetes. If your risk level is higher than you’d like, I’m here to help. Let's talk about my score!
I have high blood pressure (HTN) or high cholesterol - can you help?
Yes! While my main focus is on blood sugar management, many of my clients have more than one goal that they’re working on. There is often overlap between high blood sugar and others, including overweight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We will devise a personalized plan to address all of them, one step at a time.
I have Gestational Diabetes (GDM) - can you help?
If you are currently pregnant, congratulations! I would be happy to refer you to a knowledgeable healthcare provider for blood sugar management for the duration of your pregnancy. I am happy to work with you after your pregnancy to help you with a prediabetes and type 2 diabetes prevention plan.
Can you provide me with glucose testing equipment?
I don’t provide blood glucose meters, glucose testing supplies or lab testing. You’ll need a prescription from your healthcare provider or to purchase your own directly from the pharmacy. Let me know if I can help with this!
Do you offer refunds?
You are able to cancel services at any time. Due to the considerable time and effort invested in your program, no refunds or partial refunds will be provided. A referral list is available upon request.