Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if we can work together?
I provide telehealth nutrition from my home office in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Being a telehealth provider gives me the ability to provide nutrition counseling to people all over the US! Each state has different rules regarding dietitians working with clients from other states. Depending on what state you are located in at the time of service will determine if we are able to work together. E-mail me and I'll be able to determine if we can work together right away or if it would require waiting for me to apply for a licensure in your state.
What is a board certified specialist in renal nutrition (CSR)?
Just like doctors, many dietitians choose to specialize in a specific area. Renal (kidney) nutrition is the area that I focus on. In order to become board certified, you must first meet the minimum criteria of being an RD for at least 2 years and have 2,000 practice hours with kidney patients. Then, you must pass an exam which has questions on all aspects of providing nutrition care to those with kidney disease. Every 5 years you must recertify to keep the CSR credential by passing an exam.
If you have kidney disease, a dietitian with CSR credentials means you will get someone who is up-to-date on all things kidneys! Things in the kidney world have changed so much from the time I became a dietitian, so I strongly recommend seeking out a specialist if your have CKD.
Do you work with non-kidney disease patients?
Yes. I can also help you manage diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other chronic conditions. I can also help with general nutrition for disease prevention.
Feel free to e-mail me to see if we are a good fit. If not, I will refer you to another awesome dietitian!
What should I expect before I book my first appointment?
Some insurance plans require a referral (or order) for nutrition counseling which can be easily obtained by requesting one from your doctor. I will give you guidance on what to ask for.
I will check with your insurance to see if nutrition counseling is covered under your plan. In some cases, it may be beneficial (and sometimes necessary) for the client to check their own benefits and I can give you a script on how to do this.
What should I expect during my first appointment?
During our first appointment, I want to make sure I have a good understanding of your current eating habits, food likes/dislikes and a solid understanding of your nutrition goals. We will address specific questions you have regarding nutrition. You can expect to go over 1-3 diet concepts during our first visit. My goal is to help educate you on how to make the best food choices for your nutrition concerns. Since there are so many layers to nutrition, it is usually not possible to cover all areas during the first visit.
Is nutrition counseling covered by insurance?
Yes, in most cases!
Medicare Part B covers medical nutrition therapy for those who have diabetes, chronic kidney disease or have been transplanted within the last 36 months. Medicare does require a referral. Ask for doctor for a referral!
Most commercial plans also cover nutrition services.
Currently, I am in-network with:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
If your insurance company is not listed above, I still may be able to help. Many plans offer "out-of-network" benefits.
Self-pay clients also accepted. Payment plans are offered.
Still have more questions?