Dietitian (Outpatient)

Partner with a licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health to create a nutrition plan that helps you meet your health goals. Count on your dietitian to provide education, advice, tips, and motivational tools to help you eat and live well.

Outpatient dietitians offer nutrition counseling and therapy in office or clinic settings. You may see a dietitian in person or via a TeleVideo Exam. More Information

When to See a Dietitian

You may benefit from working with dietitian if you:

  • Want to make healthier food choices
  • Experience digestive issues, food allergies, or food intolerances
  • Want to gain or lose weight
  • Are considering or already had weight-loss surgery
  • If you have a heart and vascular condition, such as heart failure
  • Need help managing a chronic condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Want to enhance your athletic performance through good nutrition

Your First Appointment

During your first appointment, you and your dietitian may discuss:

  • Your medical history and nutrition needs
  • Your health and nutrition goals
  • Your current diet, eating habits, and food preferences
  • How you cook and shop for food
  • Your activity level
  • Dietary recommendations for your situation
  • Ways you can modify your diet to meet your goals

Your dietitian will work with you to create a food plan that considers your medical condition, grocery budget, personal tastes and preferences. You may be asked to keep a food diary—a record of what you eat and drink each day—and bring it to your follow-up appointments.

Certified Diabetes Educators

Many Essentia dietitians are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs). If you have diabetes or your doctor has said you are at risk of developing diabetes, our CDEs will help you learn more about your condition and how to control your blood sugar and weight. Rely on us for help developing a food plan that lets you manage diabetes well for the long-term.

Will Insurance Cover Dietitian Services?

Some insurance plans pay for dietitian services with a doctor’s referral. To learn what’s covered under your plan, contact your insurance provider.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.