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Stephanie Pitt
MS MPH RDN CDE MCHES 

Founder and Owner, Speaking of Nutrition

Stephanie Pitt is the founder and owner of Speaking of Nutrition, LLC. She's a mid-thirties girl who knows first hand how difficult and frustrating it can be to manage a chronic disease. She believed in herself, received the proper education and support, and her journey towards better health began. She started this company with the sole mission to advocate, coach, and educate individuals about the principles of good nutrition so that they are empowered to reach their desired health goals. Education is at the heart and soul of Speaking of Nutrition, LLC. Without proper education, it’s very challenging and unrealistic for anyone to change behavior and achieve positive health outcomes.

Understanding and believing in the relationship between positive thinking, good nutrition, and overall health is at the foundation of Speaking of Nutrition.  After years of weight struggles, numerous diet attempts, and too much negative self-talk, Stephanie discovered that the key to any lasting health behavior change and success starts with believing in oneself.

Once you believe you are capable and ready for change, it will be much easier to enhance your nutrition knowledge and formulate a plan to embrace healthy living.

Stephanie earned a B.S. in Dietetics from Missouri State University and two master’s degrees in both Nutrition Science and Public Health from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville.  Her dietetic internship was also completed at the University of Tennessee. Stephanie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Diabetes Educator, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, and soon-to-be Board Certified Renal (Kidney) Nutrition Specialist. She also has received additional training and certifications in weight management, smoking cessation, stress management, and behavior change/motivational interviewing techniques. 


Stephanie advocates in her local community and seeks to use her entrepreneurial drive to offer valuable nutrition services to those in the greater St. Louis metro area.



She is extremely passionate about helping those with diabetes and assists in raising awareness about diabetes prevention and management through volunteer efforts with the St. Louis American Diabetes Association. She also is the president of the Clinton County Board of Health and is a member of the steering committee for the Clinton County Health Coalition. In 2017, Stephanie is leading a nutrition sub-committee through the Health Coalition in planning and implementing two community gardens in Clinton County to help increase consumption of fruits and vegetables among county residents.

Stephanie loves studying diabetes, nutrition, and food science so you will often find her reading, writing, and speaking about various topics or trends in the field.  She loves to cook, write, and experiment in the kitchen, so she spends a good amount of time modifying and creating recipes that not only benefit her personal eating style but other eating styles as well.  In her limited free time, Stephanie loves decorating and remodeling her house and spending time with her family and friends, especially her adorable nephew Owen who always bring her joy and happiness.

 
Philosophy

 

The life-change philosophy at Speaking of Nutrition is based on the philosophy that the first step in reaching goals is through building one’s self-confidence and self-efficacy so they are capable of making a change.  Building self-confidence is accomplished through fostering feelings of well-being, promoting body acceptance, and believing in one’s own skills, abilities, and prior experiences to create a foundation of achieving and maintaining health.  If one doesn’t have confidence, a person will always find a reason to resist change and stay the same.  When one believes in oneself entirely, anything is possible!

        

There truly is not one all-encompassing eating plan which works for everyone.  Through experience and education, Stephanie believes in educating and empowering people about the importance of nutrition so they can learn and discover what eating style or plan works best for them.  She wants to help remove the intimidation and fear surrounding healthy eating, meal planning, and grocery shopping from everyday life.  Eating is the fun and enjoyable part of health and shouldn’t be viewed in a negative way!


Services to Create Healthy Living

    Speaking of Nutrition provides key services to help clients live a healthy life. 
More services will be offered in the future.

Individual Counseling

Group Counseling

Public Speaking

Interactive Cooking Education

Telephonic Coaching

Grocery Store Education

Speaking of Nutrition can help with a wide variety of nutrition topics.
Some of the areas of expertise include but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes of all types
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol/triglycerides
  • Heart healthy eating
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Low carb/low glycemic/ketogenic diets
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan/vegetarian diets
  • General healthy eating
  • Recipe modification
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning


Insurance Questions Answered

Does my insurance plan cover Nutrition Services?

To determine coverage, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.  Ask the representative if Medical Nutrition Therapy (Procedure code 97802) is covered under your medical or prevention benefits.

If insurance does work with Nutrition Services, what conditions are covered?

The prevention benefits of your plan usually requires a BMI of greater than 30 and another condition such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.  To calculate your BMI go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Your medical benefits of your plan may cover for the above conditions and others such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, Crohn’s Disease or gastroparesis.

Is there a co-pay or deductible? 

Some prevention benefits will waive the co-pay and deductible.  The medical benefits may require a co-pay.

Is Stephanie Pitt or Speaking of Nutrition an in-network provider?

I am an in-network provider for the following plans with known exceptions listed.

Cigna

Exceptions: Cigna, LocalPlus

Aetna/Coventry Plans

Exceptions: Coventry FocusedCare HPN or Caremore

Medicare

Exceptions: covers only diabetes and kidney disease (not pre-diabetes, obesity, etc)

I also accept Health Savings Accounts and Flex Spending Accounts

I am not a provider for Humana, or CoreSource(SSM)

*If Speaking of Nutrition, LLC is considered an out-of-network provider for your insurance, Stephanie will be happy to provide you with the information neccessary to submit a bill to your insurance for reimbursement. Payment is due at the time of service and Speaking of Nutrition cannot guarantee insurance reimbursement for services.


Working with your Insurance Company

Does your insurance company pay for a visit with a registered dietitian?

It may make sense to you that insurance companies should cover Medical Nutrition Therapy for prevention and chronic disease management. Insurance plans are based on the coverage the employer has specified. Employers are beginning to recognize the long-term cost-savings of preventative care.

You can find out how many visits with an RD are covered by calling the member benefit phone number on your insurance card. Ask the customer care representative the following questions:

1.    Is Medical Nutrition Therapy a covered benefit on my plan?
2.    Is my specific condition covered? Example diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, etc.
3.    How many visits do I get?
4.    Is there a co-pay, or are a co-insurance and/or deductible applied?
5.    Is Stephanie Pitt an in-network provider?
6.    If I use an out of network provider, what is the coverage?

Don’t be discouraged by the red tape!  Most dietitians will be happy to find out this information for you.  In many cases they can assist you with navigating through this complicated process.  If you don’t have coverage, there may be other options. You may be able to use your health savings account to cover services.  If your company’s plan doesn’t provide coverage, talk to your employer’s benefits coordinator.

Talk to a Registered Dietitian – Your health is important!


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