Nutrition Counseling is often 100% covered by insurance, and our visits are via Telehealth. No drive time required. We also offer in-office appointments if preferred.

We accept most Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, UHC, MedCost and Cigna plans.

The Chain Effect Difference

  • Combining psychology and habit science to foster a healthy relationship with food.
  • Our focus on accountability builds a trusting relationship and a safe space to dig deep.
  • Not everyone is the same. Diet plans and sessions are tailored to your specific needs.
  • We love food and value the importance of enjoying it.
  • We are experts in weight management, disease prevention, fitness performance, and diabetes education.

Our Registered Dietitians

Caroline Pope, co-owner of Chain Effect and one of the registered dietitians for nutrition counseling at Chain Effect

Caroline Pope

MS, RDN, LDN, Owner

Caroline Pope began practicing as a Registered Dietitian in 2015 after completing her Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. This union of educational pursuits presents her with the opportunity to dig deep into the “why” guiding each of her patient’s relationship with food. Combining Motivational Interviewing techniques with evidence-based clinical reasoning, she develops a safe and intimate space for her clients to simultaneously “get it all out there” and inspire real lasting change, all while developing a healthier relationship with food. Starting her career at UNC Rex Bariatric Specialists granted her front line exposure to a patient population known for a high degree of complexity and co-morbidities. This experience required an increased level of precision and individualized attention to detail that she has found invaluable to her practice at Chain Effect. At the end of the day, instilling and fostering accountability remains the most successful and evidenced based tool for achieving results. While she continues to enjoy and excel at helping patients with weight loss and preventing disease, her interests have expanded into perinatal care, gut health, and integrative and functional medicine. When she isn’t counseling or managing the nutrition pillar at Chain Effect, she is most likely running after one or both of her two boys (three, if you count Taylor).

Eddie Fitzgerald, one of the registered dietitians for nutrition counseling at Chain Effect

Eddie Fitzgerald


Eddie Fitzgerald has been practicing as a Registered Dietitian since 2018, after completing his Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Appalachian State University and internships with the United States Army Special Operations Command, Charles George VA Medical Center, and YMCA of Western North Carolina. His interest in nutrition started with a desire to see athletes take their performance to higher levels through proper fueling strategies, and has since evolved into a passion for helping people of all walks of life reap the benefits of a performance-oriented approach. He believes that how we eat and our relationship with food directly affects how we feel both physically and emotionally. Combining an ability to coach individuals through life’s many twists and turns, an evidence-based approach to solution finding, and Motivational Interviewing techniques he meets clients where they are and encourages them to take the right steps towards where they want to be. Movement and training have been a part of his daily routine since he was 14 years old. Over the years Eddie has become proficient in the powerlifts, run track and field, boxed competitively, and recently turned his gaze towards the Olympic Lifts. When he isn’t working with clients, training himself, or in the kitchen, he can be found with his wife and son enjoying the present moment and whatever silliness that might hold. 

Victoria Vucich headshot

Victoria Vucich


Victoria Vucich began practicing as a Registered Dietitian in 2020 after completing her Dietetic Internship through Johns Hopkins Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition and a minor in Sports Science from North Carolina State University and completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics at UNC Greensboro. Her interest in all things nutrition began early after sustaining a career-ending injury that prevented her from entering collegiate athletics as planned. Although she ultimately made her way back to sport after 4 years of rehab and was able to represent each university on the court, it was during her intensive rehabilitation that she became intrigued with how food for fuel impacts performance, injury prevention, and recovery. This set her on her path to not only study nutrition sciences, but to also earn her CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) credential to support her spirited interest in the interrelatedness of exercise science. Blending both credentials, she provides evidence-based recommendations for those looking to optimize athletic performance via proper nutrition and training periodization. Victoria has also seen great success working with clients interested in weight management, improving health measures, and managing comorbidities, to name a few. Her priority is to treat each client as an individual and find solutions that fit their needs, preferences, and lifestyles. She believes in “uncomplicating” nutrition and strives to share research in an easy to understand way. When she is not counseling you can find her training at the gym, snacking on something somewhere, or playing pickup volleyball.

Sydney Anderson, RDN

Sydney Anderson


Sydney Anderson began practicing as a dietitian in 2020 after completing her dual Master of Science/Dietetic Internship in Nutrition and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Kent State University. She initially developed a strong interest in nutrition to optimize her own performance while playing NCAA Division I softball, but this evolved into a passion to help other athletes do the same. Beginning her career as a Sports Nutrition Assistant for the University of Louisville football team, Sydney gained valuable experience providing nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy to 100+ student-athletes with various food preferences, cultural and religious beliefs, and medical and performance needs at the highest college level. She eventually experienced a gradual shift toward intuitive eating and fostering an “all foods fit” model as she recovered from disordered eating and chronic depression. She is very passionate about mental health and helping others mend their relationship with food, find enjoyment in eating, and turn away from fad diets and restrictive eating practices to help them attain long-term results. Additionally, Sydney has great success facilitating weight and acute/chronic disease management by practicing medical nutrition therapy, utilizing motivational interviewing strategies, taking a personalized approach, and exhibiting empathy, compassion, and humor to create a welcoming atmosphere for clients. To further her expertise in sports nutrition, she recently passed the boards to become a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. When she is not counseling clients and navigating the research, you can find her at the CrossFit gym, eating pizza, or chasing her crazy dog Milo.

Headshot of Mariel Gampe, Nutritionist at Chain Effect

Mariel Gampe


Mariel Gampe began practicing as a dietitian in 2019, completing her bachelor’s, master’s, and dietetic internship at Appalachian State University. Her passion for nutrition was kindled during her competitive swimming years in the triangle, which spanned her high school days. During her master’s program, Mariel dedicated herself to a 240-hour yoga teacher training, a commitment she continues to honor to this day. Throughout her internship, Mariel resided on a farm, a unique experience that deepened her comprehension of community nutrition and sustainable agriculture. This time also provided her with an array of practical techniques for making healthy eating both convenient and delicious. Recently, Mariel further enriched her knowledge by completing coursework in biochemistry, enabling her to adeptly elucidate metabolic concepts to her clients. In her counseling approach, Mariel cultivates the belief that food is neither inherently good nor bad, promoting a mindset that fosters a desire to continually explore and understand the foods that surround us. Recognizing that nurturing a wholesome relationship with food is a deeply personal journey, Mariel focuses on creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for her clients. This environment serves as a catalyst for people to identify customizable lifestyle changes that pave the way towards achieving goals. Beyond her professional pursuits, Mariel‘s can usually be found doing outdoor activities. She values maintaining physical fitness with various backpacking excursions, challenging hikes, and impromptu swims in freshwater settings whenever the chance arises.

How We Can Help You

Nutrition management is quite possibly the most important foundation to our core belief that “Every Link Strengthens the Chain.” Nothing in our life plays a more vital role than the fuel we provide our bodies. Why else would most insurance companies provide “free to the patient” nutrition counseling as part of their yearly preventative services benefit? And yet, most people are gravely mistaken that the knowledge of what to eat, alone, will give them the tools of how to manage our day to day intake. The evidence is clear: the most effective way to achieve sustainable results and long-term health outcomes is by making a Registered Dietitian a central member of your healthcare team. Let’s face it, there is unlimited nutrition information available to us in this digital age, so why are we still struggling to optimize our nutrition and manage our goals effectively? Accountability is the secret sauce to your success, and at Chain Effect, our dietitians are committed to you and will guide you the entire way.

Our registered dietitians can help you optimize your nutrition and manage your goals effectively
Virtual: No Drive Time Required

Telehealth Appointments

All of our nutrition counseling sessions can be virtual and are in-network with BCBS NC, UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, Aetna and MedCost. Most insurance plans make these services “free” to the patient, meaning no out-of-pocket expenses, as nutrition counseling is considered a valuable component to preventative care. We verify your benefits prior to your session.

No insurance? No worries. Our cash pay appointments range from $83-$124.

Call (919) 594-1885 to book an appointment today!

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