Trying to live a healthier lifestyle can feel like a huge and overwhelming undertaking, whether you have an underlying condition or are just trying to be your best self. Luckily, receiving clinical nutrition help that’s personalized to your lifestyle and health history can help make the journey so much easier. Thanks to a local duo, this level of care not only exists but is also easily accessible as an online service covered by your insurance. Registered Dietitians Tamar Samuels and Vanessa Rissetto co-founded Culina Health to address the need for science-backed, inclusive, personalized nutrition care — from professionals you can trust. Keep reading to learn more about why we love these local dietitians and how to get started with the team from Culina Health in North Jersey.
Personalized + Online Nutrition Care
Tamar and Vanessa are the creators of Culina Health, a personalized online nutrition platform powered by credentialed Registered Dietitians (RD), the only healthcare professionals licensed to administer clinical, science-backed nutrition. The RDs at Culina Health are passionate about helping each client and work one-on-one with individuals to deliver evidence-based nutrition education and help people address everything from chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, to fertility, general weight loss, and even preparation for athletic competitions. If something comes up in between your regularly scheduled sessions, you can easily chat with your personal RD via confidential direct message on Culina’s app.
“We know health and nutrition can be confusing and difficult to sift through, and at times contradictory. Our care is rooted in research, backed by science and personalized to each individual in a culturally competent way. We don’t recommend blanket meal plans or tips that don’t work for everyone,” Vanessa told The Montclair Girl. “We care a lot about our clients and get to know all aspects of their lives so that our recommendations and care throughout their journeys are tailored specifically to them with the goal of making them feel supported, seen, and make progress that lasts forever.”
Culina Health makes insurance-covered nutrition care more accessible and easier to understand so that clients can fuel a satisfying and well-balanced life. As a science-based, culturally-competent telehealth nutrition company, Culina is constantly innovating and investing in new technology to make working with a Registered Dietitian the most effortless, enjoyable experience possible.
What to Expect at Culina Health
All sessions are delivered through a HIPAA compliant online platform. Each new client begins with a 20-minute confidential phone call to select and schedule an appointment with a Culina RD based on your health history, lifestyle, and goals.
“We believe that nutrition is the foundation of health, and it should be accessible to everyone,” Tamar said. “We aim to service the 99% — we are currently growing and scaling our business to provide nutrition care to everyone and make it as accessible as possible by taking insurance and using a telehealth platform. Diet related diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, with insurance-backed access to Culina Health we can change that. Our goal is to use clinical nutrition to change the way the world thinks about health.”
Clients at Culina Health are provided with personalized nutrition + health toolkits that include client-specific plans, goals, product recommendations, diet education, and even shopping lists to take all the guesswork out of eating right for your body. Clients also have 24/7 access to a telehealth platform which serves as a hub for a wide range of health + wellness trackers, including:
- Metrics and progress
- Lab work
- Nutrition care plans
- Food logs
- Mood + lifestyle journals
The portal also includes a messaging feature so each client can communicate with their assigned RD at any time so you can forget researching questions on your own and ask a Culina Health RD instead.
“We are in the business of helping and healing people on a daily basis,” Vanessa explained. “The best part of running our business is seeing the way our efforts and care change people’s lives by ending their struggle with food and nutrition, improving lab work and health markers, lowering disease risk, reversing negative health outcomes, and doing so in a sustainable way.”
No matter your health history, background, or current lifestyle, the RDs at Culina Health are ready to help you improve your health and quality of life. Culina is in-network with most major insurance. If you’d like to understand the coverage available under your health insurance plan, you can email a photo of your insurance card, your date of birth, and state of residence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Culina will do the insurance legwork for you and get back to you in 48 to 72 hours to explain your plan benefits.
If you don’t have insurance (or prefer not to use it), you also have the option to pay out of pocket. Culina’s most popular plan includes a one-time activation fee of $99 followed by a $169 monthly fee. This plan includes the one-time 60-minute assessment and then two 30-minute sessions each month. Messaging with your personal RD between sessions is free and you can cancel anytime before your next month is charged.
Culina Health is a completely online dietitian service throughout North Jersey including Montclair, Bloomfield, Newark, Clifton, Nutley, Verona, and beyond — with a home base located at 720 Monroe Street, Suite E-512 in Hoboken.
Prospective clients can call 917-647-1665, reach out via email at email@example.com with questions or schedule an online appointment. You can also follow along with Culina on Instagram @CulinaHealth.