Clinical Nutrition FAQs
Are there any resources I can start reading before the visit?
A list of resources is available upon request. Please call 214-456-8950 if you want this list.
Will you order lab work?
Often, your child's primary care physician will have the lab work completed prior to your child's visit.
Will my child see a physician?
No. This visit is to meet with the dietitian. The dietitian will be in contact with your child's primary care physician about the visit.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Dietitians have four-year degrees in nutrition and have completed an internship. Dietitians must pass a registration exam, obtain a license, and get continuing education hours. Dietitians are often called nutritionists, but "nutritionist" can also be used by people not recognized as experts by many health organizations.
What kind of diet will you recommend for my child?
Every child is different. The dietitian suggests nutrition and lifestyle changes based on each child's specific needs.
Can family members come to the visit?
Yes. We encourage all family members and caretakers to be there.
Will the visit be covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies pay for the visit. Some require a primary care physician's referral and co-pay for the visit. Check with your insurance provider before your visit.
How long will the visit take?
The first visit will take about one hour. Follow-up visits take about 30 minutes. Allow 20 minutes for parking and check-in. If you arrive late, you may reschedule or have a shorter clinic visit.
How often are the follow-ups?
Follow-ups are based on your child's needs. Most children come back within one to three months.
Do you prescribe medication?
Dietitians do not prescribe medication. In some cases, the dietitian may recommend medication be prescribed by your child's physician.
What service does a dietitian provide?
The dietitian provides assessment and counseling for a variety of diagnoses. They will also make referrals for further support or second opinions if needed.