Nutritional Counseling

Medical Nutrition Therapy is an individual plan of healthy eating based on an individual’s nutrition needs and medical history. We have two registered Dietitions on staff at HMH – Debbie Brock, RD, LD and and Jara Bauer, RD, LD, CDE, CLC. (An LD is a licensed dietitian; a CDE is a certified diabetes educator; an A CLC is a certified lactation counselor).

What is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a nutrition professional. Registered dietitians are your most credible, objective source of nutrition information. In addition, they are trained in the use of nutrition to prevent and control disease.

Look for the initials RD after your nutritionist’s name. These credentials indicate that the practitioner has completed an accredited four-year educational program and 900 hours of supervised practice and passed a national exam.

What type of services do registered dietitians offer?

Registered dietitians counsel people on many different topics, including:

Healthy Meals
Weight Control
Menu Planning
Diabetes
Kidney Disease
Food Handling
Stroke Rehabilitation
Food Labels
Heart Disease
HIV/AIDS
Cancer
Tube Feedings
Osteoporosis
Pediatric Disorders

Do registered dietitians treat healthy people?

Yes. Registered dietitians help people learn about staying healthy and selecting the right foods. They are your most credible and reliable source of accurate nutrition information. Balance, variety, and moderation are the keys to healthful eating. A registered dietitian can help you find a total eating plan that works for you and your lifestyle.

Does my insurance cover my visit to see a registered dietitian?

Many insurance plans will cover your visit to see a registered dietitian. If your insurance company does not, be sure to request this benefit. Medicare allows a certain number of visits for people with diabetes or end-stage renal disease. Check with your provider to determine if you are eligible to see a registered dietitian under Medicare.

Do I need an order from my doctor?

Yes. A physician order is required to receive payment from Medicare and other insurance carriers.