What to Expect at Your First Nutrition Therapy Appointment
Proper nutrition is a big part of your child's overall health. When medical complications appear, they can affect your child's growth, making good nutrition even more important. Our team of nutrition experts has the specialized training needed to support your child's development and nutritional health.
Meeting your child's nutritional needs can be a multi-step process. We understand you may have questions about the first appointment with our clinic. Here's what you need to know about preparing for your child's initial visit.
Making an Appointment
Getting an appointment with our clinic is simple. You can either call our office directly or your child's primary care provider or another doctor can refer you.
To make an appointment, contact us.
One of our scheduling center agents will ask you questions to be sure we connect you with a registered dietitian who has specific expertise with your child's condition. There is no pre-registration process for in-person appointments. If you schedule a telehealth visit, you will receive a pre-registration link 24 hours before your visit.
On the Day of Your Visit
After talking with your child's primary care provider or other physician, you may have many questions related to your child's specific needs. Our expert team is here to provide detailed information and individualized care, including personalized nutritional interventions. If you have any concerns, we can connect you with a social worker. You may also contact your dietician via phone or request an additional telehealth appointment.
Arriving at Your Appointment
On the day of your appointment, please bring a list of your child's medications, dietary supplements or vitamins, food logs (if requested) and growth charts (if available).
You will need to allow 15 minutes for parking and walking to our clinic. Upon arrival, please check in at the clinic registration desk near the location of your appointment. If you're running late, contact us.
At Your Appointment
Your child's initial visit will last roughly one hour and will be devoted to identifying their nutritional concerns. We will also work with you to create a nutrition plan to improve your child's health outcomes. One of the ways we help you understand your child's plan is demonstrating correct portion sizes with models of different types of food.
During your appointment, if you are only visiting the Nutrition Clinic, your child will see a registered dietitian. If your appointment is with the multi-disciplinary clinic, your child will see a:
- Registered dietitian
- Medical assistant
- Social worker
As part of your visit, you can expect:
- Health history
- Nutrition-focused physical exam with the dietitian
- Lab reviews
At the end of your appointment, you will receive an after-visit summary, and one will be sent to your child's referring provider. For telehealth visits, a visit summary will be emailed to you within two days of your child's appointment. Please follow any recommended nutritional interventions as directed. We will also share any interventions with your child's referring physician.
If we identify additional concerns during your visit, we will follow up with you within 48 hours and make further referrals.
After the Appointment
If you have questions or concerns after your appointment, please reach out to one of our registered dietitians. Correct contact information will be included in your after-visit summary.
Please don't hesitate to contact us about your child's nutritional needs. We're here to help!