Most people have questions and below is a list of questions we have received over the years. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will add that information.
Yes, we currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance. We are hoping to add more insurance companies in the future. Please check with your insurance company about whether or not your policy covers your visit with a dietitian and whether there are any frequency limitations. We are considered an out-of-network provider for all other insurance companies and can provide you with an insurance form to submit a claim for potential reimbursement.
For your first visit, whether it is at our office or by phone or internet, we will be reviewing your completed medical forms (accessible via our secure HIPAA-compliant web-based patient portal), recent medical tests (if applicable), current food intake, medical history, health concerns, dietary supplement use, and your desired health outcomes. Together, we will devise a plan for moving forward. While specific recommendations and directives may be given at your first appointment, our initial consultation is typically an interview style appointment. This session lasts 1 hour.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are healthcare providers with the most intensive training and experience necessary to provide nutrition services to individuals seeking medical nutrition therapy or preventive nutrition counseling. RDNs regularly utilize Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), which is the plan, or set of steps, incorporating current professional knowledge and research that clearly define the level, content, and frequency of nutrition care that is appropriate for a disease or health condition. Medical Nutrition Therapy begins with the nutritional assessment of a client by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, followed by a medically prescribed nutrition therapy based on standard protocols. RDNs are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:
The terms nutritionist, certified nutrition therapist, certified clinical nutritionist. or certified nutrition counselor are not regulated and, therefore, do not have standard requirements. These certificate programs are often not subject to any regulatory oversight. Accredited degree program studies in nutrition and health sciences are not required, nor are supervised clinical rotations in accredited healthcare settings. Some programs grant certificates in just 6-9 months of study, with some requiring as little as 100 hours of online coursework, with no supervised internship component. When selecting a nutrition professional, inquire about the practitioner’s background of study and training and requirements for credentialing. The licensure requirements for RDNs are more rigorous than certificate program requirements, with stricter standards for education, ethics, supervised training, clinical practice standards, and professional liability and monitoring.
Yes, in addition to weekday nutrition appointments, we also offer evening and Saturday appointments, either in person at the office, or by phone or internet. Appointment times vary by practitioner. We also offer a metabolism clinic on Saturday mornings where you can get your resting metabolic rate tested, or have a body composition test performed. Please contact us for further information.
Absolutely! We believe one of the most effective ways to help our clients is to communicate directly with their other practitioners. We can provide our own professional insight and recommendations, as well as coordinate care with other providers, to ensure you receive the most comprehensive care possible.
While the research and our own clinical experience has shown us that people are much more successful when they have regular follow ups with their dietitian, we do not lock you into any set number of follow up visits. You can discuss this with your dietitian at the time of service, but if you feel your needs can be met with just one appointment, we will do our best to accommodate this. Please note, the more complex your situation is, or the more detailed your health and nutrition plan needs to be, the more difficult it becomes to fit everything into a sole appointment, and it may be more beneficial to have a follow up visit or two to ensure you receive the best nutrition advice possible.
We love kids! If you feel your session time can be as open and productive with your children in the room, we welcome them! We have a few toys available for younger kids, and we have a comfortable waiting room for older kids who may prefer to wait outside for you. Since our office space is also utilized by other healthcare professionals, we just ask that you be responsible for keeping your children calm and quiet during your session so as not to disturb others. Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring any children.
For our clients who truly cannot afford regular service rates, please inquire with us about a reduced rate before booking your appointment. We have a small number of slots available to help individuals in need, but not every practitioner offers a sliding scale. Please contact us to inquire.
Please discuss keeping a food log with your dietitian (or at the time you book your initial appointment.) While it is always helpful for us to see what you typically eat, it is not advised that you keep a food log if you find the activity triggering (as in the case with an eating disorder.) However, if keeping a food log holds no emotional charge, we advise you write down everything you eat and drink over a 3-5 day period. Ideally, this will be comprised of the typical foods you consume as well as your usual eating patterns, including some weekends as well as weekdays. When you book your initial appointment, we will send you paperwork to complete a food log through our secure, HIPAA-compliant patient portal.
Many people are nervous before their first session with us, worrying we are going to judge the way they eat or start eliminating their favorite foods. But spend a few minutes with us and soon you’ll realize we are actually very down-to-earth, caring, practitioners with a sensible, practical approach to eating well. We are not the food police and there are many different ways we can help you achieve the health you desire. We “walk our talk” by implementing the advice we give to clients into our own lives, but we don’t eat perfectly either! So we get it. And while we take our work seriously, we also try to include a healthy dose of fun in our sessions to lighten the mood as needed! We want what’s best for you and your heath, and sometimes that means bringing in a little more laughter! (They say laughter is the best medicine!) So please enjoy some good humor on us: