Frequently Asked Questions

How are you operating during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am conducting many of my counseling appointments virtually or via phone (your choice!)

I am continuing to offer functional testing by appointments. Masks are required to enter my office in accordance with CDC guidelines.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential is a legally protected title that can be used only by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Is there a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Yes, there is a difference between the two! While some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” please be aware that not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist.“ In other states, however, virtually anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist,” regardless of education or training.

What are the qualifications of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned, at minimum, a four-year degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. 
  • Completed 1,000+hrs of an accredited, supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, and foodservice corporation. 
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Does insurance cover Nutrition Consultations?

Taft Draper Nutrition accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. Not all BCBS plans pay for nutrition counseling. We will call to verify your insurance to see whether or not it covers nutrition counseling. If it doesn’t, payment is expected at the time of the appointment. Checks should be made payable to Taft Draper Nutrition, LLC. Credit cards are also accepted.

You will be provided with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. A $25 cancellation fee will be billed to the individual for the missed appointment unless the RD is notified of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.

How do I book an appointment?

I work in multiple offices around Western North Carolina. The best way to book an appointment is to give me a call at (828) 551-8390.

Are there any forms to fill out before my first appointment?

All new patients must fill out the following forms and email them to

  • Form 1
  • Form 2

Existing patients can also access the following forms when requested:

  • Form 3
  • Form 4


Can I use your services if I live out of state?

Yes, I’m available for consultations virtually or via phone.

How often do we meet in your program?

We will usually meet every 2-4 weeks. Timing can vary based on personal needs and goals.

Are functional tests part of your programs?

Yes, I work with many different labs that test for food sensitivities, stool analysis, comprehensive hormones, micronutrients, cardiometabolic, and organic acid test.

  • I met with Taft to find a nutrition solution that would increase my energy levels and reduce my weight by approximately 20 lbs. I hike, kayak, cycle, and mountain bike and need lots of healthy fuel to power it. I followed his suggestions and within 8 weeks I achieved my weight loss goal, with a dramatic increase in energy. Listen to Taft’s advice and it will pay off. I feel fantastic now!!

  • Taft is excellent, I have lost 10lbs of body fat and gained 17 lbs of muscle in the 2 years that I have been seeing him. I am a avid cross fitter, mountain biker, and whitewater kayaker and everything has improved due to my nutrition! Thanks Taft.

  • My experience with Taft Draper has been nothing but successful. I came to see Taft with multiple chronic illnesses and what I found has been life changing. Taft introduced me to a new testing service that allows me to know what foods my body is sensitive to. By eating these sensitive foods my body continues to yo-yo. Once I got my results Taft was able to support me in starting a new diet that began calming my immune system down. I am currently 4 months into this diet and have reduced my symptoms by 90%. Taft has been a great support. Thank you for your services!

  • Taft Draper began helping me with anemia and IBS. Taft had guided me through changes to my nutrition to reduce the symptoms of IBS and enrich my nutrition to increase my iron intake/absorption. Taft’s expertise allows me to use the Mediator Release Test/Lifestyle Eating and Performance information to improve my life through better health.

  • My visit with Taft put me on the path to lose over 45 lbs. I now better understand how I process foods and how food affects my body.  With Taft’s help, I’ve become a healthier version of myself!

Contact Taft


Hendersonville ObGyn
27 Doctors Dr. Hendersonville NC 28792

Henderson County Wellness Clinic
100 N. King St. Ste 500 28792

Crestview Recovery Center
90 Ashland Ave Asheville NC 28801

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