Searching for a St. Louis nutritionist? Nutritional counseling is available at Mercy’s outpatient dietitians’ offices, by referral from your doctor. A registered dietitian will work with you to create a diet plan to meet your needs and fulfill your doctor’s orders. This is a one-on-one appointment; however, you may bring someone with you, especially if he or she helps with cooking or grocery shopping.
Our dietitian will take a diet history to assess your current eating habits and food preferences. You may want to keep a food journal of what you eat and drink for a few days and bring it with you to your appointment. We’ll use visual aids to help teach you about food portions, labels and your nutrition prescription. No blood work will be done.
We’ll give you up-to-date educational materials. If indicated by your doctor’s orders, we’ll set up a meal plan with you. If you have specific foods you want to discuss, please bring those food labels with you.
The goal is to help you with your individual nutrition needs. Your first appointment usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. You and your dietitian will schedule follow-up appointments as needed. The follow-up visits typically last 15 to 30 minutes. Please call 314-251-8885, to schedule an appointment.
Many insurance companies cover nutrition counseling, referred to as Medical Nutrition Therapy. You may want to check your insurance benefits. For more information on group diabetes classes, call 314-251-4906.
Registered dietitians (RDs) are health-care professionals who promote good health through proper eating. RDs have completed academic and experience requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ credentialing agency, which includes a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and completion of an internship. RDs must also successfully complete a professional level exam and must maintain ongoing continuing education. All our dietitians are registered and licensed in the state of Missouri.
While RDs may call themselves nutritionists, not all nutritionists are registered dietitians.