What's the Difference between a Registered Dietitian (RD, RDN) and a Nutritionist?  

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is the most credible source for nutrition information.  An RD/RND is highly trained with a degree in human nutrition which includes not only counseling and theory classes, but also many rigorous science courses in biology, chemistry and physiology.  In addition, every RDN has to complete a one year accredited internship and pass a national examination.  Once licensed, they are required to complete approved continuing education in order to maintain their license.  A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is considered a health care professional and thus able to accept insurance reimbursement for their services.

A nutritionist can also be a nutrition expert, and may even possess a nutrition degree, but their level of training varies widely.  Anyone can call themselves as a nutritionist or nutrition expert, but you must be aware of the possible discrepancies with their knowledge. There are no regulations to this claim and thus nutritionists cannot accept insurance reimbursement for their services.

Providers at Ft. Collins Weight Loss & Nutrition are both Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists (RD, RDN).  In addition to their RD credentials, they have received a minimum of 75 hours per term of accredited nutrition continuing education.      


How Much Does It Cost? 

In order to lower or eliminate your out-of-pocket expense we bill insurance on your behalf.  We research your insurance plans and benefits and tell you exactly what the cost will be before you make an appointment.  Esther is in network with most major insurances.  If you do not have insurance or are not in network, Anne offers a sliding scale of $225/3 hours.  We accept cash, checks and major credit cards, HSA and Flex Spending accounts.  Please call to discuss pricing.


Do You Accept My Insurance? 

We accept the following insurances:

  • Access One
  • Aetna
  • Banner Health Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • GEHA
  • Great West
  • Health Allies
  • Meritain
  • Poudre School Distric EAP
  • Premera BC
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • United
  • UMR (Larimer County Employees have 20 visits per calendar year for a $25 per visit co-pay.  City employees have appx. 9 visits per year for a $25-$35 per visit co-pay)
  • Medical Resource

If you do not see your insurance on the list, let us know and we will work on joining the network!


What Should I Expect on My First Visit? 

The first visit will be the most comprehensive.  We will go over a detailed health history, chat about your current diet, supplements and medications, do baseline measurements, discuss which goals are important to you and set an action plan.  It is laid back yet professional and confidential.  Plan on 60 minutes for the initial and subsequent visits.      


Where in The World is Ft. Collins Weight Loss & Nutrition? 

Ft. Collins Weight Loss & Nutrition is at 2620 E. Prospect Rd. Suite 160 within A Woman's Place. Our office is east of the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies, in the River Bend office complex between Schneider Electric and The Wholeness Center.  See our map on the bottom of the contact page.  


Are These Services Available to Men?

Yes!  20% of Ft. Collins Weight Loss & Nutrition's clients are male.  It can be confusing since we are located in an OB clinic, but men are always welcome.  I encourage families to come together to appointments. Two sets of ears hear better and recall more than one set of ears.  Teamwork is priceless!