Thinking about booking? Maybe you’ve never met with a nutritionist before and you’re not sure about taking that first step. I’m passionate about helping you get to the healthiest version of yourself, so here’s some extra information to help answer your questions about how I work and what you can expect.
What can I expect from an initial assessment?
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
How often do I see you?
Do I accept insurance?
Insurance billing for nutrition counseling (a.k.a. medical nutrition therapy) requires that we meet “face-to-face.” As such, I am not able to provide a superbill for phone sessions. However, some plans are starting to cover TeleHealth appointments. TeleHealth means we meet virtually and can see each other (done through our HIPAA-compliant Healthie App). If this is of interest to you, please contact your insurance to find out if it could be covered.
Coverage varies greatly between plans, so it’s always a good idea to call the number on the back of your insurance card to ask about your benefits prior to your appointment. Doing this will ensure you get the most out of your benefits and avoid financial surprises.
What forms of payment do I accept?
How do I book an appointment?
If you’re not sure what service to schedule, please call 815-735-6194 for a free 15-minute discovery call and we can discuss the best option for you.
How does the option for virtual or phone consultations work?
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If your request is made less than 24 hours prior to the appointment, you will be charged for the appointment at the applicable hourly rate. Failure to attend a scheduled appointment without notification will result in the session being forfeited at the applicable hourly rate. Excessive rescheduling/cancellations, regardless of the notice time, will be discussed with you and the schedule and/or fee structure will be adjusted accordingly. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
What if I buy a package and don’t use all my sessions?
*You are responsible for scheduling and using all appointments purchased. Amounts paid under client-practitioner agreements are nonrefundable. All nutrition, fitness, and/or wellness program sessions must be completed by the date described in the agreement or they are forfeited. If you do not cancel a scheduled individual or group session at least 24 hours in advance, the session cost is non-refundable. You will be responsible for the cost of any missed sessions. For certain circumstances such as doctor-prescribed medical leave or military leave/deployment, sessions expire 1 year from initial purchase date.
Do I work with children?
In almost every case, a family’s food and lifestyle behaviors, as a whole, are responsible for or at least greatly contribute to a child’s weight issues. Parents are responsible for foods purchased, meal timing, time spent watching television or playing video games, and many other factors that can contribute to a child’s weight issues. Therefore, an initial consultation involves the parents and caregivers but does not include the child. An initial consult focuses on assessment of behaviors, identification of areas that need change and recommendations on how to implement the changes. Great care is given to minimize the risk of your child developing disordered eating behaviors. I have found this approach to be successful with families who are willing to make changes. You will find these consults to be nonjudgmental and collaborative.
Where are you located?
Do I need to be a member of the gym to work with you?
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
Dietitians are recognized by medical professionals and insurance companies as the most valuable source of nutrition information. They provide reliable up-to-date food and nutrition information. Their recommendations are backed by sound nutritional research and evidence-based practices. It is illegal for someone who is not a dietitian to refer to themselves as one.
“Nutritionist” is a general term that is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of education or experience. Some nutritionists have no formal education in nutrition. Some have a little; others have a great deal. Some certifications given to nutritionists are rigorous and evidence-based; some are not. It is up to the consumer to ask questions and verify education and credentials when meeting with a nutritionist.
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19815 S. LaGrange Road
Mokena, IL 60448