Here are answers to the questions people often ask me:

Q: Do you work in person or via video-conferencing?

A: Most of my work takes place via Zoom, be it one-on-one consultations, group sessions, or cooking classes. This allows me to work with people all over the world. If you are based in the Boulder/Denver area and want to meet with me in person, you can hire me to teach a cooking class at your home or join one of my Nurturing Walks (see Events).

Q: What is your “nutrition philosophy”?

A: I am a “food-first” nutritionist. This means that I will help you obtain nutrients primarily from food rather than supplements. While not dismissing the potential need for supplements in certain situations, I focus on food sources first, using supplements only when necessary. The Mediterranean way of eating provides a wide range of essential nutrients, so that’s a great place to start.

Q: Will you tell me to make substantial changes to my diet & lifestyle?

A: I tailor dietary recommendations to fit my clients’ lifestyles, budgets, preferences, health goals, and willingness/ability to make changes. If you’re not a cook, I won’t ask you to prepare all your meals from scratch; instead, I’ll work with you to design nutritious, satisfying meals that don’t require you to spend much time in the kitchen. Having said this, sometimes it’s time to shed old habits that no longer serve you. It may take a while before we identify these and find ways to help you make changes; this process works best when you are curious, willing to try new things, and patient.

Q: Will you try to sell me nutritional supplements and expensive medical tests?

A: The only things I bill for are my time and expertise. There are no hidden costs when you work with me. Thus,

  • I do not order medical tests, though when I work with a new client, I typically ask them to share a recent set of blood test results with me so I can get a clearer picture of their health. These are labs most people already have or can ask their primary care provider to order.
  • I do not sell supplements. When a client has a confirmed nutritional deficiency (for instance, many people have low levels of iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12), I will tell them about ways to get these nutrients from food and, if appropriate, recommend a time-limited course of a dietary supplement they can obtain in any health food store.
  • I do ask some clients to get a body composition scan (ideally, from an InBody 570/580) before they begin working with me. This can be obtained at gyms, doctor’s offices, and hospitals (find a U.S. location near you by clicking here; international locations can be found here) and typically costs around $40.
  • I am not sponsored by any food companies to promote their products; any food recommendations I make are based on my research and experience.

Q: Will my insurance pay for your services?

A: Unfortunately, nutritionists are not typically covered by insurance. To make my services accessible to folks who can’t afford to pay the full cost of one-on-one consultations, I offer sliding scale rates, payment plans, and lower-cost services; please inquire by booking a free 20-minute discovery call.

Q: Will you work alongside my doctor?

A: I am happy to liaise with your doctor about your nutrition & lifestyle program. If you would like me to connect with your medical team, please complete and sign this release form and return it to me at the start of our coaching relationship.