How do I get on the schedule?
Call 541-497-3885 to talk to Lynae about an appointment in Bend. She can answer questions and get you set up with an appointment. We offer a free 15-min “meet the nutritionist” appointment for new clients. If you would prefer to be seen in Portland, call Tessa at 971-270-0590. She can answer any questions you might have and set you up with an appointment there.
What can I expect on the first visit?
We’ll talk about what you want to work toward with your health and food goals. We’ll explore your health history, relationship with certain foods, what foods you like and don’t like and what nutrition goals will work best for you
“I did not know what a dietitian did or what to expect. I thought I would get a meal plan but this was not necessary for the work I did. In working with Natalie, I was able to get to the bottom of many of the myths I’ve been told about nutrition. It allowed me to challenge the list of rules I was placing on myself that lead to eliminating foods I once enjoyed. The permission to eat foods I enjoy helped decrease bingeing on them and targeted the shame cycle that was happening. Thank you.” -client SL
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please bring your photo ID and insurance card if you’d like to use insurance. Paperwork is electronic and can be filled out ahead of time. If you prefer paper copies, please arrive 30min early to complete paperwork.
How long do we meet?
Sessions are 50 minutes.
What days/times can I schedule a session?
Natalie sees clients Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm
Lynae sees clients Mon-Thurs 2pm-6pm and some Friday mornings. Natalie and Lynae both work in Bend, Ore.
Tessa sees clients in Portland on Mon
How often will we meet?
To get started, most clients do weekly appointments for about a month. Each person is different though and we can discuss what works best for you and set up a plan in your first session.
Do you bill insurance?
Yes. See the insurance page for more details.
How much does it cost if I'm paying out-of-pocket?
$120 per session
What if I'm embarrassed about how I eat?
We strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to explore your food concerns. We won’t be labeling foods “good” or “bad”. In fact, my clients frequently report significantly reduced shame around food after working together.
Is there parking nearby?
Yes, there is plenty of free on-sight parking.
Are you LBGTQ friendly?
Absolutely, we enjoy working with people of all genders, any sexual orientation, religious or cultural background.
Will you collaborate with other medical providers?
Yes, we prefer to collaborate with your other providers to ensure you get the highest quality of care. Those struggling with eating disorders need a “team” which hopefully includes, a dietitian, therapist, and primary care provider. If you need help finding the support we can offer local referrals.
Will you talk to my family?
For clients under the age of
What happens if I need to reschedule or cancel?
Please give at least 48 hours to reschedule or cancel. The late cancellation fee is $55. By scheduling an appointment, you are making a commitment not only to your
What do the initials RND, LD, CD mean?
RDN stands for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. It is a national credential for nutrition specialists.
LD licensed dietitian in the state of Oregon
CD certified dietitian in the state of Washington
Will you help me to lose weight?
We focus on helping you heal your relationship with food from a Health at Every Size(tm) approach. This means we want to support you to navigate food in a new way. Rather than focusing on a weight goal, we will focus on healthy patterns with food and let the weight take care of itself.
What is Health At Every Size (HAES)®
Health At Every Size (HAES)® is a weight-inclusive approach that respects body diversity, supports health from a holistic perspective (physical, psychological, emotional, social, relational, spiritual, etc), and works to end weight stigma & discrimination. This movement recognizes that health is complex and that the pursuit of health is not a moral obligation, as well as the notion that health status should never be used to judge or oppress an individual. HAES® is rooted in a social justice framework and acknowledges the impact that shame, stigma, and oppression can have on health and well-being. The focus is shifted from weight control to supporting self-care practices that allow one to tap into their body’s inner wisdom. The HAES® principles include promoting flexible eating with respect to internal cues, and life-enhancing movement that supports physical activities for all sizes, abilities, and interests.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you nervous about your first visit to a nutritionist? No worries. These questions might answer some of the concerns you might have.