Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book an appointment?

Call or text to set up an appointment at: (559) 572-2990
Hello@MaryEllenB.com
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Do you accept insurance?

I am approved out-of-network provider for Blue Shield of CA. Currently I am working toward getting on insurance panels however I am not at this time. Until I accept your insurance, if you have out-of-network benefits for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) /nutrition counseling, I can provide you with a Superbill which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. A Superbill however doesn’t guarantee reimbursement, so please check with your insurance company prior to your initial consultation to learn if MNT/ nutrition counseling is covered:  nutrition assessment CPT code 97802 and nutrition re-assessment CPT code 97803. You will also want to ask if a referral from your doctor/physician assistant/nurse practitioner is required.

Do you provide telehealth and long-distance counseling?

Yes, telehealth service (combination of both audio and visual) is available. Phone consults also available if desired.

Do you provide services for children?

Yes, I see children and adolescents.

Do you work with people with eating disorders?

I work with people with disordered eating however I do not work with people with diagnosed eating disorders including anorexia, atypical anorexia, bulimia or purging disorder. Please, seek a specialist for treatment in these disorders. You might find the following link helpful for information on counseling services and treatment programs at the following links:
http://www.elyseresch.com/resources-elyse-resch.html
https://map.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Could you perform a joint session, for example, a husband and wife with diabetes or multiple children?

No, I cannot do this as every individual is an individual. I obtain a lot of specific individual information - which can include medical history, dietary history, medications, labs, feelings on why the individual is seeing me, relationship with food, eating behaviors, etc. - for each person I see. I use this information to recommend specific interventions unique to each person. Other persons present during the sessions will receive/learn a lot of valuable information.

How many sessions do I need?

This varies greatly and depends on your need and desire.

To give an example, people with diabetes with an A1c above target (>6.9) typically find it’s helpful to meet at least monthly in the beginning. Once people become confident in practicing self-care behaviors that will lead to improved A1c, once every 3 months might be helpful. After A1c is at target (<7.0), once every 6 months is recommended.

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist?

Know that you are getting legitimate, professional, evidenced-based counseling with me. Anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” - there is no legal definition, however, there is for registered dietitians. 

Registered dietitians must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a dietetics related field, complete 1000+ hours of supervised practice through a Commission on Dietetic Registration accredited program, pass a rigorous national registration exam and maintain registration with at least 75 hours of continuing education every five years.

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