- How does insurance coverage work?
- When can I make an appointment to see a dietitian?
- What diagnoses might be covered?
- I’ve never seen a nutritionist before. What should I expect?
- How much do you charge?
- Do I have to be a gym member to see a nutritionist?
How does insurance coverage work?
Begin by calling the number on the back of your insurance card to find out if you have nutrition benefits and if a referral is needed. Ask the following questions:
- Do I have a (medical) nutrition benefit?
- If so, do I need a referral?
- Do I have a deductible to meet first?
- How many visits am I allowed?
- What is my co-pay?
The next step is calling your physician to request a referral, if needed, and a prescription for nutrition counselling for your medical diagnosis. Contact Alison directly with questions.
When can I make an appointment to see a dietitian?
You can book your appointment directly with Alison once she has your referral on file and your diagnosis from your PCP. Currently there is about a one to two-week waiting period.
Many diagnoses can benefit from medical nutrition therapy, but many plans cover nutrition for general wellness or as a preventative service. Common ones include:
- High cholesterol
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis
- Lactose intolerance
- GERD or reflux
This isn’t a complete list, of course, so ask your physician if nutrition therapy is right for you and your heath conditions.
I’ve never seen a nutritionist before. What should I expect?
Alison Doak, of Alison Doak Nutrition is a Registered Dietitian with years of experience helping clients reach their goals. Your first appointments will take 60-75 minutes, and you and Alison will discuss your medical, family, exercise and dieting history, as well as get a picture of your eating habits. During your second 30-60 minute session, Alison will go over her assessment of your diet and offer nutrition education. Next, you will work with Alison to create individualized goals and strategies to help you accomplish these goals. Alison will share recipes, tools, and resources as appropriate and schedule follow-up appointments. Most often, clients benefit from multiple visits. Much of the first session is spent collecting medical history and getting to know you. Follow-up sessions allow Alison to check in on your progress, add helpful strategies, and keep YOU accountable.
How much do you charge?
We charge your co-pay amount, which is stated as “OV” (office visit) on your insurance card. If you need to cancel, we ask for a courtesy call 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be required to pay for the session.
Do I have to be a gym member to see a nutritionist?
You do not have to be a Fitness Unlimited member to work with our dietitian, but exercise will most likely be part of your wellness plan!