Jaimie Winkler, RD, LDN

Arlington, MA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am a registered dietitian and licensed in the state of Massachusetts, this means I have had extensive training in nutrition therapy for many health conditions. My style is influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on changing behavior by looking at helpful/unhelpful thinking patterns and challenging dysfunctional beliefs. Together we will create healthy eating guidelines, plan meals, and overall food patterns that improve your health. We will also focus on decision making skills, how to evaluate helpful information, and building self-confidence so that you can create new meal ideas, nutrition goals, and improve your health long after we no longer work together. For in-person visits at my Arlington office, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Neighborhood Health plans. Almost all plans have some nutritional benefit. I will collect insurance information ahead of time and check your benefit so you are not stuck with a bill you can't afford. Virtual visits are not covered by insurance and are self-pay only.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy helping people learn about their individual nutrition needs. I am not focused on "perfect" nutrition. Does it even exist? Let's look at the health and weight messages that influence you and find out what's relevant to YOU. Person versus population. Instead of relying on the expanse of the internet which often provides confusing, unprofessional, and potentially harmful information, we will have an honest conversation about what you need to focus on and how to make it happen. People expect a dietitian to shame them or expect too much change - but most people leave my office with hope, feeling like they are supported in making incremental change.
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Location

Arlington, MA 02476

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Reviews

3 Reviews
  • Theodore H. Feb 26, 2016
    Jaimie goes above and beyond the definition of a good dietitian. Not only is she incredibly well-informed, she is also incredibly empathetic and supportive--she really cares about her clients. She is a rock for those who work with her and guides her patients to health with a patient determination. Providing both practical and nutritional advice and specific meal plans, she takes the stress of nutritional planning out of her clients' minds and empowers them to fuel their own bodies confidently. She is highly respected by the staff she works with. What an incredible dietitian!
  • Laura L. Feb 15, 2016
    Jaimie is the best dietician! She is kind and understanding and she REALLY knows what she's doing... Everything is broken down to a science and she explains it in plain English. She's the best!
  • Kelly M. Feb 13, 2016
    This was a very informative and helpful session. Jamie listened to my concerns, issues and questions, and helped me find a realistic set of initial changes in my diet. Thank you!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have an in person practice in Arlington, MA and can work via a secure telehealth platform to provide virtual coaching. At this time, very few insurance companies cover telehealth although I can provide you with the information needed to submit for reimbursement. In my Arlington practice, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Neighborhood Health plans. Insurance usually requires a co-pay of $0-$40 per session. Many insurance plans have an out-of-network benefit as well that will cover services. Nearly all insurance plans have some coverage for visiting a registered dietitian for 3-6 visits - and many allow as many visits as needed to get you on the right track. I will collect insurance information ahead of time and check your benefit so you are not stuck with a bill you can't afford. Medicare and Network Health have some specific rules and I'm usually not covered through those plans. (You would probably need to seek nutrition services through a medical clinic.)
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I gather information. You are the only person who knows everything about you. I ask a lot of questions about medical history, weight history, and eating history. I want to know what has worked for you in the past and what has not. You will leave our first visit with a goal to work on, even if it's not a full blown meal plan. Most people have several visits to establish/evaluate goals and to review their food intake (either via a food journal or by doing a recall in the office).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Nutrition and dietetics degree, Internship in a medical hospital, board certification, a requirement for continuing education credits to maintain my license. Overall insatiable curiosity about the mind, body, and health.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I became a registered dietitian because I wanted to work with evidence-based nutrition recommendations. We are super-saturated with nutrition messages and I wondered, what do we really have to be worried about? I acknowledge that all good ideas started on the fringe, but part of individualizing recommendations is to know where someone has been before telling them where to go next. Look for horses before you start looking for zebras.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with people for weight management, diabetes, eating disorders, celiac disease, improved health and wellness, stomach or intestinal distress, sports/exercise nutrition. I work with kids, adolescents, and adults.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A registered dietitian has has a lot of standardized training in nutrition and specific-diets intended to manage or treat specific conditions. Each is different in the level of functional medicine they practice and their levels of skill. A nutritionist is not trained the same way and can be helpful in overall health coaching or many cases of weight management. Dietitians are less likely to be practicing complementary and alternative medicines or using little tested theories as a first-line treatment.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Think about what you want from the experience. Where are your beliefs and biases? Dietitians and nutritionists are not quite the same thing but both have important things to offer. It's a matter of what you want from the experience. I tend to focus on food first, supplements second. But that's just one way to approach your nutrition intake.