WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Much of our first session will be spent getting to know your health status, eating habits and nutrition concerns. We'll discuss what you hope to achieve through nutrition counseling and together come up with personalized goals. Depending on what you need and how much time we have, I may provide meal planning strategies, food suggestions, nutrition education, supplement and/or lab testing recommendations. Lastly, we'll make a plan for follow-up appointments.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?
HOW OFTEN WILL I SEE YOU?
The frequency of our visits is individual and depends upon your current nutrition status and goals. It is common to meet more frequently in the beginning to build momentum and then less frequently as time goes by. Most clients see me every 1-4 weeks initially. Nutrition counseling provides the support you need to keep on track with your goals and gradually adopt meaningful, sustainable change.
WILL HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MY APPOINTMENTS?
Most health insurance plans do cover nutrition counseling, either as treatment of a health problem or as part of your preventative health benefits, and often at no cost to you. Click here to see which plans I accept.
I'M NOT IN SEATTLE... CAN I STILL WORK WITH YOU?
Yes! I offer virtual appointments (also called telehealth or telemedicine) where me meet online at https://doxy.me/marlene (similar to Skype but more secure for healthcare). Beginning in January 2017, a Washington state law requires insurance companies to provide coverage of telehealth services when the plan would cover the same service provided in-person. If you live outside of Washington State, please contact me to discuss if I am able to bill services to your insurance.
I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT FEEDING MY KID... DOES HE/SHE NEED TO COME?
Insurance billing requires that I meet face-to-face with my patients. That means that if you want to use your insurance benefits to discuss your child's nutrition, your child must be present for at least part of the session. Additionally, I need to physically see and interact with my patients in order to assess nutrition status, monitor weight/growth, and make individualized recommendations. I am able to meet with parents and caregivers separately for consultation regarding general pediatric and adolescent nutrition and feeding, though this will need to be paid for out-of-pocket.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RD/RDN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
The short answer is that all Registered Dietitians (RD/ RDN) are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Virtually anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist", which makes it really tough to differentiate those with extensive nutrition education from those who took a weekend class or read a book.
The RD/ RDN credential offers some guarantees. You know the individual has fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree in nutrition, completed a 1200+ hour supervised practice program and passed a national registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for re-certification. Most RDs also obtain certification or licensure in the state they practice in. RDs with extensive experience and demonstrated skills in a specialty area are able to pursue board certification in that area. I am board certified as a Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) and Nutrition Support (CNSC).
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