How do you figure out the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist…and other facts about AID’s own Allison Tepper, RD

In case you missed it on Facebook live here is the replay of when Allison sat down with me for our always fun and exciting Hot Seat Segment:




What conditions do you work with as a Dietitian?


I have experience working with all types of client needs including weight gain, weight loss, general healthy eating, eating disorders, emotional eating, sports nutrition, IBS, FODMAP diets, high cholesterol, food allergies, diabetes, PCOS and more! My philosophy is based on mindful eating so we will work on getting in a balance of healthy foods while also listening to your body and choosing foods that work for your individual needs. This encourages maintaining a healthy relationship with food and your body.


What is the difference between a Dietitian and Nutritionist?


A dietitian has either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nutrition from a University approved by the Accredited Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They then must complete an accredited year-long internship and then pass the national examination.


A Nutritionist might be someone who has gotten a degree in Nutrition but did not complete the supervised internship, someone who received a degree in a nutrition-related field, or it can be someone who has done a short certificate program. Many people call themselves a nutritionist, but it is important to check their education and credentials to ensure that they have had proper training to help you reach your goals.


Will I have to cut out any of my favorite foods while meeting?


Not at all! My focus is on mindful eating, which encourages eating all foods and puts YOU in charge of your food choices and lifestyle habits. Instead of following a plan and feeling discouraged when you fall off, you will create more sustainable habits that include your favorite food groups in a more balanced way. We will discuss listening to your hunger/fullness cues, tuning into your cravings, managing emotional eating, body positive and finding ways to manage stress without using food. While weight loss may be slower with this approach, you will find that your energy and overall quality of life will improve.



Why don’t you recommend diets or weight loss programs?


There is so much information about diets and weight loss trends in our culture that many of us think in order to lose weight and be healthy we need to be on a strict plan. While initially this can help with weight loss, long-term diets can cause issues both mentally and physically. It can harm your relationship with food and your body and also slow your metabolism. Incorporating a more balanced way of eating leads to long-lasting success.


Appointment Information


What does a typical session look like?


The initial session is about an hour and we will discuss your diet and medical history, lifestyle, sleep, stress, your schedule and more. Follow ups are typically around 45 minutes where we will check in and build upon your goals and make any changes as needed. At the end of each session we will set about 2-3 goals to focus on.


Do you accept insurance?


I currently do not take insurance and am fee for service. I can provide a superbill at the end of sessions to submit to insurance for possible reimbursement. Reimbursement rates vary depending on your insurance company.


Do you offer a sliding scale?


Yes, on a case by case basis. Please contact me for more information

I would prefer meeting from the comfort of my home. Do you offer virtual appointments?


I do! This allows for appointment flexibility and being able to meet if you travel frequently for work.


How do I make an appointment?


Contact me or schedule an appointment here! (include calendly link)


What hours do you see clients?


Below is my availability at each of my locations:


Washington, DC: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, all day Thursdays

Ashburn, VA: All day Fridays or by appointment

Virtual: By appointment


What types of payments do you accept?


I accept the following forms of payment: Credit card, cash, check, venmo







Andrew Dombek, PT, MSPT, CMTPT, CGFI