Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD -
Nutrition Consultations
At my office in Boise’s North end, I work with individuals who have many different goals. Some of the more common reasons people seek my help are:
  • To recover from eating disorders such as anorexiabulimia or binge eating disorder.
  • To get off the dieting roller coaster and learn to eat without guilt or fear and reach their body's healthy weight without dieting.
  • Make lifestyle changes to prevent pre-diabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes.
  • Learn what they can do to successfully control type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes.
  • Decrease insulin resistance, cholesterol, triglycerides or blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Improve health and decrease insulin resistance in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Learn how to eat healthfully on a vegetarian diet.
  • To help prevent or manage childhood eating and weight concerns.
  • Improve general health, energy and wellness through healthy eating and a healthy relationship with food.
For concerns other than eating disorders, I strongly recommend that you plan on a minimum of 2-3 visits to gain the most benefit from our sessions.  One-time nutrition appointments do not tend to lead to permanent lifestyle changes. For those who have been long-term dieters and are working toward recovery from chronic dieting and an unhealthy relationship with food, a 6-12 month commitment is recommended.
Eating disorders
Eating disorder recovery is a long process, usually taking several months to several years.  When working with someone with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, I work with a treatment team.   In addition to a dietitian, the team will include, at minimum, a therapist and physician experienced in eating disorders treatment - I can assist you in finding appropriate professionals if needed.  The team approach to eating disorder recovery is considered the gold standard in the field.
I work with all ages over 5 years. Generally, if the client is  under the age of 12, I meet with only the parent(s) for the initial assessment, and we discuss the most appropriate approach to including the child in future sessions.
What to expect
I use an individualized approach - I don’t have a one-size-fits-all “program”. At the initial assessment, I gather extensive information so that I can best help you. Things I will ask about include your personal goals, medical and family history, weight and dieting history, medications and nutrition supplement use, current eating habits, attitude about food, exercise and activity habits, food likes and dislikes, and body image. This allows me to provide education tailored to your needs and help set goals specifically for you. I do not do any blood, hair or saliva testing (yes, people actually ask me about this!). I do not administer shots or pills, and I do not sell any nutritional supplements or special food products. If I recommend a specific brand name food or supplement, it’s because I believe in it, not because I’m making a profit from it.
Your individualized plan may include:
  • Education about your specific health concern or disease.
  • A structured meal plan.
  • In-office food challenges or experiential meals.
  • Menu planning and grocery shopping tips.
  • Recipes.
  • Tools for overcoming problematic eating behaviors.
  • Guidance on becoming an intuitive/mindful eater and making peace with food.
  • Nutrition supplement recommendations.
  • Tips for making healthy choices in restaurants.
  • Restaurant or grocery outings.
  • Other information as requested.
Payment & Insurance - please call for current rates.
I am out of network with all insurances except Blue Cross of Idaho (see below).  Payment is required at the time of the appointment.  I accept cash, checks, and all major credit / debit cards, including medical savings and flexible spending account cards. 
Many insurance policies provide benefits for nutrition counseling.  I am glad to provide you an insurance billing form that you can turn in for possible reimbursement.  I recommend you check with your insurance company to find out if your plan includes benefits for medical nutrition therapy (billing codes 97802 and 97803).   

Blue Cross - I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross of Idaho.  Many Blue Cross policies (in Idaho as well as out of state) provide benefits for nutrition counseling; I can assist you in determining your benefits.  If your Blue Cross policy includes nutrition counseling, I will bill Blue Cross for your appointments; you will be responsible at the time of appointment for any copays, deductibles or coinsurance.

1414 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID  83702 
Phone (208) 342-2228  Fax (208) 343-0889
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