Common Questions Karen Bishop, RDN, LD Receives

"Do I need a referral from my doctor to become a patient?"

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

"Do I need a referral from my doctor to become a patient?"

No. Even though I receive referrals from many doctors, including primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, urologists, ENT/allergy specialists, bariatric surgeons, eating disorder treatment centers and others, you can feel free to call my office (205.915.0474) and schedule an appointment yourself. Just click below to learn more about scheduling an appointment.

"Do you accept insurance?"

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

"Do I need a referral from my doctor to become a patient?"

Whereas I do not accept insurance directly I am always glad to provide my patients with a detailed record of our work together so that they may submit it to their insurance provider for possible reimbursement. Coverage of weight loss or medical nutrition therapy with a registered dietitian varies, depending upon your provider. Fee free to phone us for more information (205.915.0474)

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

 My educational background encompasses both the area of human nutrition and exercise science. I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist as well as a Fitness Specialist.  

"Do you have a local office where you see patients?"

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"

"What are your credentials? What kind of training do you have?"

Yes. I have an office in the Vestavia Hills/Cahaba Heights area of Birmingham, Alabama (just off of Highway 280, near The Summit shopping center), where I see my local patients. Of course all my services are also available by phone, so that men, women, children and families in other areas can consult with me without driving long distances. Also, telephone consultations are helpful to those with particularly busy schedules. For example, you may wish to schedule a lunchtime session from your office at work, or a session before or after work hours.

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"

I am always glad to help match you with a primary care physician who possesses the qualities and specialties for which you seek. If you become a patient we will spend a concentrated amount of time together discussing your health and I will be glad to provide information about several area doctors whom I feel offer excellent care for your particular issues. Hopefully, this will help you make your final decision. 

"What is involved in becoming a patient of Karen Bishop, RDN, LD?"

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"

"I need a good primary care doctor. Who do you recommend in your area of town?"


Call us and set up an appointment. If you are seeing me at my local office you can either complete your paperwork prior to your visit or print forms from the FOR PATIENTS Tab and bring them with you to your appointment.. Click below to learn more about becoming a patient.


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"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

Yes. As a Registered Dietitian for over 23 years I have worked with patients with severe health issues who take multiple medications. All the nutritional recommendations I provide (diet, supplements and lifestyle) and your current medical issues are carefully selected to work together with the medications prescribed by your doctors and presenting no contraindications. 


To learn more about my work with Diabetes CLICK HERE.


To learn more about my work with Kidney Disease CLICK HERE.

"I have never been to a Nutritionist. How does it work?"

"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

Give us a call and we will answer all your questions and schedule your appointment at a time that works well for you. A new patient session lasts about 2 hours (2-1/2 to 3 if a patient has cancer).


CLICK BELOW to read all the details! My patients enjoy their sessions, largely because they are learning things they never knew that can powerfully help them on their journey to recreate their health and it feels good when you are back in the driver seat of your health and making progress on your journey!

"Do you work for or are you affiliated with a doctor or hospital?

"I have heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease & take many medicines. Can you help me?

"Do you work for or are you affiliated with a doctor or hospital?

No. I am in private practice. I have been in private practice for 19 of the 23 years that I have been a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. I do, however, receive referrals from many physicians of various specialties (primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, ENT/allergy specialists, chiropractors and other doctors). I am always glad to provide a copy of my nutrition notes to your health care practitioners so that we can all stay on the same page. Click the button below to read more about my work history.