Frequently Asked Questions
Do you bill insurance?
I bill Blue Cross, Blue Shield: Anthem, Premera, Regence, United Health Care; Oregon Health Plan, Cigna, Pacific Source and First Choice Health. If you want to use your insurance please call and find out if you have a benefit for nutrition. This is for CPT code 97802. If you’re not sure how to do this, just ask and I can help. If you haven’t met your deductible yet we can talk about a payment plan to bring the cost down.
How much does a nutrition appointment cost?
If you’re paying out-of-pocket, it’s $105 per 50-min session. I accept all major credit cards along with debit cards, check or cash. I also offer sliding-scale to 20% of my clients to help offset the cost if insurance isn’t an option and finances are a concern.
What can I expect on the first visit?
We’ll talk about what you want to work toward with your health and food goals. We’ll explore your health history, relationship with certain foods, what foods you like and don’t like and what nutrition goals will work best for you in terms of your health history, budget, cooking skills, and preferences. We’ll develop a wellness vision and talk about what steps will help you get started on that path. You might get to meet Beyla, my office dog too!
Will you help me lose weight?
I want to help you change your relationship with food. Are you struggling to eat in a balanced way? Confused about why your brain and your behavior don’t line up? Or do you overeat? I want to address these things. My goal isn’t for you to lose or gain weight. My goal is for you to learn tools to improve your relationship with food, and I trust that your weight will take care of itself, whatever that means for your body.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Bring any questions you want to talk about. Also, if you are using insurance please be sure to bring your insurance card and photo ID. Feel free to bring snacks or drink if you feel like it. You’re always welcome to eat during sessions.
How often will we meet?
I meet with most clients once a week or every other week. For some clients once a month is enough for you to continue to feel supported and keep moving forward. How often we meet and how many sessions we will need is something we can tailor to you when we meet and do the first assessment.
What happens if I need to reschedule or cancel?
Please give at least 24 hours to reschedule or cancel. The late fee is the full price of the session. By scheduling an appointment, you are making a commitment not only to your health but to me as well. I appreciate your consideration in this regard. If there are extenuating circumstances like snowpocalypse, illness or car trouble just let me know and I can waive the fee. As a rule, if schools are closed for inclement weather, my office will be closed too.
Can I bring someone?
You’re encouraged to bring a support person if you would like. This might be a spouse/partner, parent, roommate or friend. Anyone who is part of your life is also going part of your food world, so let’s bring them into the conversation!
What if I’m embarrassed about how I eat?
I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to explore your food concerns. We won’t be labeling foods “good” or “bad”. In fact, my clients frequently report significantly reduced shame around food after working together.
There is plenty of free on-sight parking.
Can I bring my dog to the session as a companion?
Yes, you’re welcome to bring your dog as a support during the session, and it’s encouraged! Please check in beforehand so I can inform others in the office as a courtesy.
Are you LBGTQ friendly?
Absolutely, I enjoy working with people of all genders, any sexual orientation, with any religious or cultural background. I strive to make my office a safe, inclusive space. I welcome feedback if there’s something offensive, discriminatory or uncomfortable for you.
Will you talk to my other healthcare providers?
Yes, I prefer to collaborate with your other providers to ensure you get the highest quality of care. Usually, that includes your primary care doctor, and sometimes your counselor if you want. Those struggling with eating disorders need at minimum, a dietitian and therapist specializing in eating disorders, and a primary care provider.
What do the initials behind your name mean?
- RDN stands for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. It is the nation-wide credential for nutrition professionals.
- CD means “certified dietitian” in the state of Washington.
- LD means “licensed dietitian” in the state of Oregon.