Who is Laura May-Roelse?
Laura has a private practice in Dallas treating childhood feeding problems, eating disorders and sports nutrition. Laura's pediatric experience stems from her 7 years at Children's Medical Center and her vegetarian expertise has been gathered through her own quest for healthy eating. Patients and colleagues continually compliment Laura on her friendly, personable style, translating nutrition industry jargon into real and practical recommendations. Laura doesn't just tell you what to eat...she helps rearrange your relationship with food.
What are Laura's Credentials and Specialties?
Laura is a native of Texas and received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Upon completion of her undergraduate work Laura worked in both the adult and pediatric medical field. Laura quickly realized that there are a number of factors that affects one's nutritional intake and to best help her patients she decided to pursue a Graduate degree with a concentration in Counseling. Laura received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Development in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Laura uses the combination of her nutrition expertise and her knowledge in assisting others to make positive changes in their lives. Laura collaborates with local therapists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational and speech therapists in establishing a team for individuals needing a comprehensive approach to care.
What is a Registered Dietitian
Dietitians are trained in food and nutrition for illness and health. Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed Dietitian (LD) are universal nutrition credentials which are only granted after specific education and training is completed. The (RD) credential lets you know that that person has been trained to help you learn a medically prescribed diet or provide nutrition guidance for your specific needs. A dietitian may also have additional expertise or specialize in certain areas, such as eating disorders, pediatric nutrition or sports nutrition. In general a dietitian should answer your questions about food and eating and help you make the best choices for your situation.
Why Should I see a Dietitian?
People are often confused as to why they might see a dietitian or convinced that will be put on a "Diet". Unless a medically prescribed diet is indicated for a specific condition or illness a dieitian's role is to help their client learn more useful eating strategies. Some common reasons why a person might seek help from a dietitian are when there is much concern over what to eat to be healthy and balanced, when a child goes beyond the "picky eater" phase or when the teen athlete can't stay at a healthy weight or perform at their best level. These are just a few of the reasons on how a dietitian can help. Unsure that a dietitian is the way to go? Feel free to call and describe your situation and the best course of action will be provided to you.
What should I expect when I make an appointment?
The initial evaluation will last for one hour covering an indepth introduction on both of your histories and why the meeting was scheduled. Laura will take a medical and nutrition history from you or your child as well as weight/growth history or any significant changes. Once these are reviewed we will prioritize as to what needs attention most and structure a plan on how to best approach this. Some education is provided during the initial evaluation however, education will occur on a routine basis. Laura will address specific concerns and/or goals of the client at this time and develop a plan for these. After the initial evaluation, you both will discuss and decide if you should continue to work together, along with when you should return for follow up.
Do you accept insurance?
Laura does not accept insurance as payment but will provide a coded super bill so the individual can process their own claim for possible reimbursement. Payment is due upon service. Check, cash and credit cards are accepted.