Frequently Asked Questions
1Does my child need to come to the appointment?
Yes, please! I appreciate getting to know your child, finding out what they think about food and eating and building a relationship with them. Because our work together is a process, it’s important to find out what your child is thinking and find ways to make sustainable changes.
2What ages of children do you see?
Infants through teens. Babies who are transitioning to table & finger foods, toddlers who may be “picky eaters”, school aged children who are open to cooking and food preparations, teens who might be interested in developing an overall healthy relationship with food and life-long health habits.
3Do you take my insurance?
Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim Health, United Healthcare, Tufts, NH Healthy Families, and Well Sense are all plans with whom I am contracted. This means that I can file your claim directly to the health care plan for you. You are responsible for co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance. Payments should be made directly to Coastal Family Nutrition. You should check to see what your nutritional counseling benefits are prior to your appointment here.
4What happens if you don’t take my insurance or if my insurance doesn’t cover nutrition services?
Payment for the full amount can be made to Coastal Family Nutrition at the time of service. You will be provided with a “Superbill” which has all the information needed to submit the claim to your own (I can help you figure out how to do this). Your insurance company, if nutrition services are covered, will reimburse you directly. If your insurance doesn't cover nutrition services, Coastal Family Nutrition is still happy to work with you. Your fee would be considered an out-of-pocket expense and can be paid using your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
5What should I bring with me to my appointment?
Please send over ahead of time a referral from your PCP (if needed) and recent health records that include growth charts—if these have not been sent from your PCP already. All my forms will be emailed to your through my practice management program, Practice Better. Please complete all forms ahead of time. You'll also be asked to complete a 3-day food log. I will need to do some calculations from this log and it is more efficient if it is written out in detail. This will also be sent to you via email.
6What happens during our appointment?
During our initial appointment I will ask lots of questions! My goal is to get a clear picture of nutritional intake, general health, overall eating patterns and to consider some clinical aspects of Nutrition and Dietetics. For example: If your child has had recent labs that show a high cholesterol level, we’ll want to look at some foods that can help in bringing that number down. Follow up appointments address goals as we explore strategies that may work for you and your family. MY goal is always to have you leave your appointment with a strategy/idea/plan for achieving YOUR goal!
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