The Tankersley Clinic: Dietitics

Rikki K Minkler, RDN, LDN

Allergy

  • At The Tankersley Clinic, we provide food allergy expertise! We are a food allergy center of excellence and take food allergy seriously enough to have a dietitian on staff. 
  • Partnering with Dr. Tankersley, our board-certified Allergist, our dietitian provides expert consultation to patients and families with food allergies in order to maximize nutrition and minimize risk!

Respiratory

  • At The Tankersley Clinic, you can breath easy with expert advice!
  • The obesity epidemic is a global problem, which is set to increase over time. However, the effects of obesity on the respiratory system are often underappreciated. 
  • Obesity plays a key role in the development of obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome. 
  • Asthma is more common and often harder to treat in the obese population.
  • Obesity also has compounding effects on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Skin Care

  • At The Tankersley  Clinic, we are all about healthy food & healthy skin!
  • One-third of patients with severe atopic dermatitis have a food trigger to their eczema.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis bumps and blisters resemble herpes lesions, hence the name “herpetiformis,” but are NOT caused by the herpes virus. They are caused by gluten ingestion.
  • Pediatric patients with psoriasis are at greater risk of developing obesity.
  • Being overweight (obesity) may cause skin problems due to several factors. Changes in hormones may cause acanthosis nigricans, which are darkened, velvety areas of the neck and body folds, while stretching of the skin may result in stretch marks (striae). Increased strain on the leg veins may cause fluid retention, leg swelling, rupture of superficial capillaries (capillaritis), varicose veins, dermatitis, and even ulcers. Retained moisture in body folds encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi, leading to skin rashes and potential breakdown and a variety of infections, such as intertrigo. Finally, the foot may develop corns and calluses due to the increased weight. Many of these skin problems will resolve with a healthy diet and subsequent weight loss. 

Our Dietitian: Rikki Minkler, RDN, LDN

  

Nutrition In Collierville / Nutrition in Germantown / Dietitian in Collierville: Rikki Minkler is a registered and licensed dietitian in Memphis, TN. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Food, Human Nutrition, and Hospitality with a concentration in Dietetics from the University of Arkansas and completed the Dietetic Internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center. She has worked in many settings in clinical dietetics including cardiology, diabetes, psychology, renal, wound healing, nutrition support, and weight management. Rikki is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as the Membership Chair for the Memphis Chapter. Rikki is a member of the Food Allergy Alliance of the Midsouth, the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine dietetic practice group, as well as the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition and Disordered Eating practice group. Rikki uses her expertise to help individuals avoid food allergens and maintain a healthy balanced diet.


Insurance and Pricing

  • The Tankersley Clinic requires payment in full at the time of service. Upon payment, we will provide you with a clinic receipt that you may then use if you decide to seek reimbursement from your insurance by self-filing.  
  • Should your insurance cover nutrition services, it is your responsibility to file a claim. The Tankersley Clinic does not file insurance claims for nutrition visits. Nutrition consultation with a dietitian is typically not fully covered by insurance plans. At times, some carriers may reimburse a percentage of the visit. We recommend you contact your insurance company before your appointment to see what level of coverage you may receive as a part of your plan.

Nutrition: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I have to see the Allergist in order to see the dietitian or vice-a-versa?  We welcome all individuals to schedule an appointment with our dietitian.  An appointment is not required with our Allergist, Dr. Tankersley.  When you schedule your appointment, tell our staff you want to schedule with the dietitian.
  2. What are your consultation and follow-up fees to see the dietitian?  A new consultation with our dietitian is $130 (60 min) and a follow-up appointment with our dietitian is $60 (30 min).
  3. How do I schedule an appointment? Call our office at 901-335-8966 and let us know you want an appointment with the dietitian.
  4. Where are you located? 1458 W. Poplar Ave, Ste 205, Collierville, TN 38017 (in the medical office building above Campbell Clinic)
  5. Do you see patients without allergy, respiratory or skin care conditions? Our dietitian provides the full scope of nutritional care: healthy eating, eating disorders, overweight/obesity, sports performance nutrition, family sessions and guided grocery shopping. 
  6. What days does your dietitian see patients? Saturday morning appointments are available from 8 am-12 pm