Welcome: Frequently Asked Questions

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"Janice was a key asset to our intensive weight loss program for faculty and staff here at UCI. She was wonderful to work with and our participants really found her wealth of knowledge and guidance extremely valuable for their weight loss success. She also has conducted leacture presentations for an on going faculty/staff program we provide here at UCI. The feedback from the participants has always been high and she continues to be one of the presenters that the participants enjoyed most."

Courtney Burkes
Director of Fitness and Wellness at University of California, Irvine

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  • What is a Registered Dietitian? 

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitians, or RDs, are experts in food and nutrition. You can rely on RDs when you need reliable information on food and nutrition or how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease. RDs draw on their education and clinical experiences to develop personalized nutrition plans for individuals of all ages. They are able to separate facts from fads and translate the most current nutritional science into information you can use. For more information about RDs, check out this video

  • What can I expect at my first appointment? 

Your first appointment will involve a complete diet and lifestyle assessment. You and your dietitian will discuss your short- and long-term goals and your nutrition-related health history. Education and behavior counseling will be provided as appropriate. The session will conclude by creating a realistic action plan and/or meal plan with your dietitian. Research shows that individuals are most successful at making health-related improvements if only one or two changes are attempted at once.  It is very helpful if you send a copy of your most recent laboratory tests and a list of medications, herbs, and/or dietary supplements you are taking. Click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Do you take insurance? 

I am a provider for Medicare (see next bullet). For all other insurance, I may offer you a superbill (basically, a coded medical receipt) that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. You may call your insurance company ahead of time to find out how much they will reimburse. Additionally, if you have a flexible spending account or health savings account, most plans will allow you to derive tax-free benefits with nutritional services.

  • Will Medicare pay for my visit? 

Medicare Part B, will cover Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for beneficiaries diagnosed with diabetes or renal disease (except for those receiving dialysis). Medicare will pay for 3 hours of MNT during your first year of diagnosis and 2 hours each subsequent year. Please let me know ahead of time if you are a Medicare recipient and be sure to bring a copy of your Medicare card to your appointment.

  • How often should I follow-up with you?

Eating habits are developed over a lifetime and thus they require time and professional guidance to change. Depending on the level of change, clients generally need at least 3 to 10+ follow-up sessions (please ask about discounts on follow-up packages). Some clients feel they need frequent reinforcement and choose to follow-up continuously. A registered dietitian can be thought of in some cases as your "food therapist."