Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a holistic nutritionist and a conventional nutritionist?

Being a Holistic Nutritionist, means that I focus on my patients as a whole. This means not only addressing gaps in the diet, but also listening to a patient's symptoms, stress levels, mineral deficients, sleep, and other areas in one's life that may be contributing to symptoms. 

What is a CNS? How is this different from a Registered Dietitian?

According to the American Nutrition Association, Certified Nutritional Specialist, CNS  is a highly qualified nutritional professional with an advanced degree (graduate or doctorate) from a fully accredited university in nutrition plus 1000 hours of a supervised internship and must pass the rigorous exam administered by the CBNS. 

​A Registered Dietitian RD is a food and dietary professional. RDs require at least a bachelor's degree and 900-1200 hours in a dietetic internship through an accredited program and passing a dietetics registration exam. Dietitians focus on calories (energy), quality of food in regard to freshness, sanitation and freedom from spoilage and contamination.

A CNS is required to have a higher-level degree to be certified. Many nutrition professionals choose the CNS route instead of the RD route because they do not have direct interest in working in a hospital setting. You can be assured that anyone holding a CNS degree is well qualified as a nutrition professional.

Do you accept insurance?

At the current time, Cindy does not accept insurance. She spends a lot of time and her visits are extremely thorough and extensive, and does not want that limited due to insurance. However, if you can go out of network and want to get reimbursed, Cindy is happy to give itemized receipts and anything necessary for you to get reimbursement based on your insurance.

​For your convienance, payment plans are also available for weight loss programs.

Will you work with my Doctor?

Absolutely! If you are currently under the care of a doctor and would like us to communicate about your condition, I am very happy to do so.

Is there a difference between the supplements you recommend and the ones I can buy at the drug store?

There is a huge difference! Drug store brands are normally slightly cheaper but unfortunately you get what you pay for.  Most drug store brands use poor quality  materials giving you a subpar product that may not have positive effects. Furthermore, many of these brands contain fillers, preservatives and even artificial colors which are detrimental to health. Some health food store brands are a step up from drug store brands and claim to use better quality materials. Keep in mind, however,  that supplements are not regulated,so its hard to tell which are best and honest.

The supplements in the  office are professional brands. They use the purest raw materials backed by years of research and manufacture them with the highest technology to preserve and maintain integrity and purity of their ingredients. These brands go against the most stringent guidelines and come with certificates of analysis so we know exactly where the nutrients and herbs are coming from.  They are typically much more potent and therefore not available in stores. I do not trust any third seller parties, because you can be sure you are getting what you think you are unless you buy from a healthcare professional. I get the supplements directly from the companies. 

Many of our products are also custom-made for you based on your results which enables you to take less pills but get more needed nutrients as they are combined for your convenience.

It is of course your choice! I am always happy to evaluate any brand you may already have and help you find the best option because quality plays a huge part in the success of your protocol. Remember, supplements are recommendations and thus my recommendations are based on the best knowledge I have. I do not carry ANY product I do not take self or give family members

Can I just get the vitamins I need from food?

In an ideal world, YES! But this really depends on the individual. Our focus is to try to get you healthy with diet as much as possible.  But for some conditions, or people that are very deficient, it would be impossible to consume enough food to fill the gap. Keep in mind that usually when a patient comes to me, there has been damage going on for years inside the body, so it will take some time and a lot of effort to reverse the deficiencies. The other issue is that some minerals, such as Magnesium, comes from the soil that plants are grown in, and unfortunately our soil is not rich in Magnesium. Also, something like Omega 3 and vitamin D is just difficult to get from diet alone.

​Do you offer phone consultations?