Do you accept health insurance?
I am an in-network provider with the below types of health insurance. Please check with your provider for specific nutrition benefits. In-network benefits may still include partial payment by the client. Some plans have co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and visit limitations. Clients are responsible for verifying their own benefits prior to their first visit. Please bring a current copy of your insurance card to the visit.
- Aetna (including Duke Basic/Select formerly administered by Coventry)
- Anthem (nutrition benefits vary greatly based on plan; inquire with plan)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield State Health Plan of North Carolina
- Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plan of North Carolina
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
- Medicare (only covers for diabetes or renal disease; requires MD referral)
Out of state BCBS plans vary in their coverage for nutrition counseling. Please call your provider to verify eligibility and benefits. Let representative know you will be seeing a North Carolina dietitian.
If I am out-of-network with your insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield Local and Value Plans , United Healthcare, Cigna, GEHA and Medicaid, you will be considered a self-pay client.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept all major credit cards, cash, personal and cashier's checks. FSA/HSA cards are also accepted as LG Nutrition is set up as a health care provider.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to see you?
If you have Medicare and carry a diagnosis of diabetes or renal disease, a faxed referral form is required to submit to your insurance. Otherwise, a referral is not required but still welcomed. Please contact our office so we may help you to facilitate the needed paperwork from your provider. Your provider can also submit a secure referral to our practice directly from our web site.
what can I expect from my first visit?
You will complete and submit a new client form, HIPAA authorization and food record prior to your visit. The first visit is 90-minutes. The dietitian will first discuss your health, dietary history and your goals for the visit. The visit will include education, goal-setting, specific dietary recommendations based on health, and supplement needs, if necessary. You will receive written education materials and personalized recommendations.
how do i schedule an appointment?
can I meet with you remotely?
Yes, telehealth services are offered. Clients can connect with the dietitian through virtual visits that are completed via either a HIPAA client video platform or via telephone. LG Nutrition works with clients throughout the United States. Even if you live locally but would like to save time and money on travel, we can connect with you virtually too!
what is unique about your practice?
I specialize in gastrointestinal disorders including celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, gastroparesis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and food intolerances. I have celiac disease myself and enjoy counseling fellow celiacs on how to enjoy a balanced and flavorful gluten free diet. I also frequently work with clients who have concerns regarding weight management, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. I also enjoy counseling vegans and vegetarians.
is there a specific dietary approach you advocate?
I believe there is no one-size-fits-all dietary approach. I work with a wide variety of dietary approaches and tailor those to the client's medical issues and health concerns. For those who would benefit from weight loss, a plant-based eating style can be very effective as well as a lower carbohydrate diet for those with Type 2 diabetes that is not optimally controlled. For those with eating disorders and a history of unsuccessful weight loss approaches, I often use intuitive and mindful eating approaches. I also frequently work with gluten free and dairy free diets as well as low FODMAP for those with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I am also trained in elemental diets for Crohn's disease and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
what is your style of nutrition counseling?
My counseling style involves a a great deal of listening and reflecting back to my clients to ensure that I understand the whole picture. I ask many detailed questions about your health history and eating habits. I have seen every type of diet in my experience as a dietitian, so there is no judgement or surprise. My job is to guide you toward the health goals that you desire whether that be using specific dietary modification or establishing specific and measurable health goals to provide accountability and focus. I find my clients appreciate the relaxed and personalized nature of our visits.
How many visits will I need?
This varies from person to person. It is based on the complexity of the client's health history as well as the goals of the visits. There is no minimum number of visits required. Some clients choose to purchase packages of follow-up visits if multiple visits are needed. The dietitian will offer guidance and recommendations on frequency of visits.
Can another person attend my session with me?
Yes, in most cases, this is welcomed with the permission of the client and dietitian. The individual attending should understand that their presence is for the support of the client and no personal recommendations will be issued. We ask that small children not attend sessions unless they are being seen by the dietitian. To get the most from your session, please silence your cell phone during the consultation.
Will you coordinate care with my provider?
Yes, with your permission via a signed authorization form, we will provide nutrition progress notes to your referring providers or other requested health professionals who provide you care. Other requests for reports or progress notes that are not related to coordination of health care with other provider may be accommodated for a fee.
Is there a fee for missed or cancelled appointments?
Yes. Missed appointments or those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled appointment time will be charged a $50 fee.