ABOUT DR. VARSHNEY

I created Square Plate Solutions, based in Oakland, California, to serve as a catalyst for individuals looking to adopt healthier eating habits. After spending nearly a decade working with people from all walks of life, I’ve learned that making simple changes is the key to better eating. Plus, being a mom of an active toddler and baby, the wife of an avid exerciser, and a juggler of life’s unpredictable curveballs have reaffirmed my perspective that actually making healthy eating a reality looks different for each person.

I completed my doctoral training in Nutrition and Public Health and my dietetic internship at Columbia University. Prior to my nutrition training, I received my Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I’m proudly credentialed as a registered dietitian (RD) by the Committee for Dietetic Registration.

Dr. V’s nutrition philosophy

There is no one, fool-proof diet that works for everyone (anyone telling you so is wrong). Generally speaking, I believe a healthy diet is comprised of meals made from whole foods, avoiding highly processed foods as much as possible. Within those boundaries, there is a lot of room to get eating right. I also believe in the value of food beyond nutrition, namely its social and cultural importance. This understanding is key to helping people make nutritious choices that evolve into long-standing dietary habits.

Frequently asked questions

Do you work with all individuals?

My speciality is in working with fertility, prenatal and postpartum clients who want to improve and optimize their eating habits. I also work with clients with a South Asian background who are interested in modifying a traditional diet to address diabetes or heart disease. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me – I’m happy to refer you to another expert if I can’t help.

I’ve never met with a dietitian before. What can I expect?

Most dietitians will spend the first session getting to know your diet and medical history as well as your nutrition goals. This step helps the dietitian understand where you are coming from, where you want to go, and how best to help you reach your goals. From there, you will receive coaching that’s suited to your needs (ie, some clients may need a formal menu plan while others need to focus on behavior change). Since each person is different, the exact therapy will be different. One thing all clients can expect is that the more they bring to the table, the more they will get out of sessions with a dietitian.

Do you offer virtual sessions?

Yes! Depending on where you live and what your needs are, I do accept clients for virtual sessions. Please indicate that preference when reaching out to schedule an appointment.

Do you accept insurance?

At this time, I do not accept insurance. However, dietitian visits are eligible expenses towards healthcare spending accounts and receipts can be provided for reimbursement.