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Lisa Ackerman, MS, CN
Lisa Ackerman Nutrition Provider Ballard

Lisa Ackerman is a certified nutritionist (CN) and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) who is passionate about personalized nutrition, and about using nutrition to promote healing and resilient wellness. She has training in health coaching, positive psychology, and functional nutrition and likes to integrate aspects of all three to help people overcome barriers that are preventing them from truly optimizing nutrition and health outcomes. She has first-hand experience in the struggle, fatigue, and exhaustion that comes from following one-size-fits-all guidance, which is why her intention is to truly understand a client’s needs and motivations and how sound, research-backed diet and lifestyle recommendations might help them.

Her undergraduate degree is in fine art photography from Seattle University, but after realizing a passion for learning about food and nutrition she quickly took a liking to science and biology when training for her nutritional therapy certification and then for a Master’s in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Her clinical focus uses therapeutic diets, advanced nutrition testing, research, behavior change and goal setting to help restore balance with food allergies/sensitivities, digestive conditions, metabolic imbalance, immune conditions, and neurological concerns.


Initial sessions include a review of medical history, relevant lab work, health goals, current dietary intake, lifestyle habits, and a nutrition-focused exam. Putting all of these pieces together, we begin formulating a plan and clarifying next steps. This could also include supplement and meal plan or lifestyle recommendations as well as goal setting.

Follow up appointments: We review any changes made, as well as continue the goal setting and education pieces began in the first visit. At this point, we may implement a therapeutic diet, assist with lifestyle changes, or look at more advanced lab testing if there is an underlying imbalance preventing optimal health and wellness. 

Lab review: We also offer analysis of advanced functional labs and/or genetic information as a standalone service or in addition to a regular consultation (or using one of the package visits). Turning this into a concrete therapeutic plan, we can utilize lab markers to truly personalize nutrition for you. 


Is nutrition covered? (Questions to ask your insurance company)

  1. Do I have nutrition counseling benefits available?
  2. Is it limited to certain diagnosis or a condition?
  3. Is there a limit to the number of visits I can get?
  4. Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
  5. Does my deductible apply?
  6. Do I have a copay or coinsurance?

If you need any additional guidance, our front desk staff offers complimentary insurance benefit checks. Email or call 206-297-6013 for more information.

What is a Certified Nutritionist?

In the state of Washington, a Certified Nutritionist is a qualification covered by most insurance plans. CNs must have a master’s-level degree in nutrition, as well as an extensive background in medical nutrition therapy, preventative health, and human physiology. They are required to maintain credentials with continuing education annually, as well as to stay current on nutritional research.

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