Your Visit

 

Welcome

Our initial visit is very important. Our goal is to help you feel as comfortable and excited about your health journey as possible. Below are some pieces of information that will help you understand the process we use and what to expect.
Patient Paperwork
Please visit our FORMS page to complete all intake paperwork. We require ALL intake paperwork be completed prior to scheduling your visit with us. If it is not received fully completed, we will reach out to request you complete any missing forms before scheduling your appointment with us.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR INITIAL VISIT

Please bring to this appointment your insurance card (if applicable), a photo ID, and any labwork or food/blood sugar logs you would like to share. The Nutrition Assessment is the first step in the Nutrition Care Process, a model created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designed to improve the consistency and quality of individualized care for clients and the predictability of patient outcomes. We meet in a private office setting.

Plan for your first visit to be at least 60 minutes, depending on the topic and any questions you may have during the visit. At this initial appointment, you can expect us to review:

  • Pertinent Lab values and/or referral chart notes
  • Anthropometric data
  • Current health conditions
  • Medications and supplements

We will then work together to set some realistic goals. Your RDN will make recommendations to assist you in reaching these goals by developing for you a personalized nutrition care plan based on your specific needs, schedule, food preferences, and lifestyle. A successful plan requires goal setting and accountability. Follow-up appointments are strongly encouraged. All visits and information shared during visits are held in strict confidence and follow HIPAA guidelines with respect to confidentiality. An authorization is obtained before any visits to give me permission to contact any providers part of your healthcare team as well as friends or family members with which you may wish for me to share information.

Oftentimes we hear that patients are nervous to see a dietitian because they assume we’re going to tell them what they can’t eat—our approach couldn’t be more the opposite—we talk about what foods to aim for, how to include more of them in your diet, how to fit foods you already consume and enjoy into your plan, and we do this in a gradual process. If we were to create with you a meal plan that was entirely different from your current eating plan, the chances are that the plan will not be one you will stick with long-term. We are very focused on setting short-term, reachable goals that you can achieve and master before moving onto the next; this leads to better, long-lasting outcomes.

Between Visits

How much contact you choose to have with us between visits is entirely up to you. Some prefer to do their own thing and wait until our next visit to discuss progress or any potential obstacles; others prefer to reach out via email if they are in need of guidance, accountability, or just have questions or concerns before our next visit. Our hope is that we have determined a personalized nutrition plan and set realistic goals that you are able to work on at your own pace, and that you work toward those goals until we meet next and can discuss progress and/or any tweaks that need to be made to your nutrition plan.

NO-SHOW AND LATE CANCELLATIONS

We are happy to reschedule appointments as needed with appropriate notice.
However, a no-show will result in a $50 fee, not covered by insurance.

Give us a call or submit your information below, and we’ll reach back out to you as soon as we are able

Northern Nutrition
1125 E. Polston Ave, Suite A
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: 208-640-4502
Fax: 208-777-7330
Email: admin@northernnutrition.net
Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm
Fri-Sat CLOSED