Frequently Asked Questions: 

Nutrition Counseling


Do you take insurance?

Yes. I take any of the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, MODA, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. But not all individual insurance plans cover nutrition counseling. 

How do I find out if my insurance plan covers outpatient nutrition counseling?

Please call your insurance company directly. They will ask what "CPT code" will be billed. I bill CPT codes 97802 and 97803. Next, ask if it matters why you are seeing the dietitian. (Some insurance companies only cover diagnoses like diabetes and kidney disease.) If nutrition counseling is a covered benefit, ask how many visits your plan allows. Write down the reference code from the call. 

If I have to pay cash, how much will it cost?

Please contact me for pricing. You can choose only one visit, or pay for a package. It is less expensive if you choose a package for multiple visits.  Payment is due at the end of the first visit. 

What types of payments do you take?

I prefer check. However, I can also take cash, credit cards, and most health savings account cards. 

How do I set up an appointment?

Please call or email me directly. You can usually schedule an appointment within 1-2 weeks. 

Where is your office located?

I have a mobile office. So I come to you! I generally come to your home, but can also come to your work.

Exceptions: If it is >20 miles from Lake Oswego we may need to meet in the middle. I am only licensed in Oregon,  so cannot provide nutrition counseling in Washington. 

What should I expect at the first appointment?

The initial appointment is 75-90 minutes long. We will review your medical history, what you are currently eating, and then formulate a nutrition plan together. After the visit I will create a report that will be faxed to your health provider(s).

Can I bring a family member or friend to the appointment?

Absolutely! I encourage my patients have someone else present at the appointment when possible.

What should I expect at a follow-up appointment?

Follow-ups are 45-60 minutes, typically 2-6 weeks after the initial appointment. We talk about the plan created at the first visit, answer questions, and tweak the plan as needed.

Can I email you between visits?

I can answer simple questions, but if it requires extra time or research, I will defer these questions to a follow-up visit.