What should I expect at the first appointment?
The initial appointment is very comprehensive. A complete medical history, nutritional history, and lifestyle history will be obtained. We will measure your body composition and determine the nutritional adequacy of your diet. A healthy eating inventory will be conducted, lab values will be interpreted, current medications and supplements evaluated. Based on the above information, we will develop a nutrition and lifestyle plan and set realistic goals to achieve the plan. Our goal is to assist you in improving the quality of your diet so that your diet energizes you while promoting your health and well-being.
What should I bring with me to the initial appointment?
Prior to your initial appointment, it is best to obtain your most current blood work, if available. Bring a list of medications and/or supplements that you currently take, the dosage, and the reasons that you are taking them. A diet and exercise log is also helpful. Record a typical weekday and weekend day. Please be specific with the amounts and types of food.
What should I expect at a follow-up appointment?
We will start by answering any questions that you may have. We will discuss your success and difficulties with following the plan. We will problem solve and provide further education and advice to assist you in reaching your goals. At subsequent appointments, June Kuz will assist you in acquiring skills to plan ahead and change old habits and ways of thinking. New strategies will be discussed to help you stay on track and get through plateaus or situations that are hindering you from staying on course with your plan. Successful dietary change requires several elements: desire, commitment, planning, and execution.
How long are the appointments?
The average practitioner spends very little time with his/her patients. More time is spent sitting in the waiting room than seeing a doctor. Our office is structured so that June Kuz can spend quality time with each patient without rushing anyone through. The initial appointment is very comprehensive and takes approximately 90 minutes. The follow-up appointments are usually 60 to 75 minutes. Subsequent appointments are typically 30 to 60 minutes.
How often are follow-up appointments?
The initial follow-up is usually one week after the first appointment. Subsequent appointments vary based upon the individual, medical condition, and goals. Once a patient is reaching their goals and/or a medical condition has stabilized, appointments can range from every month to a few times per year.
What are the office hours?
Office hours are flexible Monday – Friday, beginning at 7:30am through 6pm, most days of the week. On occasion, Saturday morning hours may be arranged.
Do you have telephone or email appointments?
We prefer the initial appointment to be a face-to-face interaction. If this is not possible due to distance or disability, we would be happy to conduct a phone or virtual session with you.
Can I contact you between appointments?
Yes, if you have a quick question or need clarification you can email or phone the office. For a more in-depth discussion June Kuz would be happy to set up a phone or Virtual consultation.
When we create a plan together, do I need to come back?
Having a support system is one of the critical factors for long term weight management. In most cases, particularly weight management, it is important to have an ongoing relationship. You did not put the weight on overnight and it will take time to take it off and change the behaviors and thought process that got you there in the first place. As you approach your goal weight or enter the maintenance phase we will taper off the sessions to a frequency that will ensure long term success.
How is a registered dietitian different from a nutritionist?
The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned a minimum 4-year college degree focused on nutrition – many have their master’s degree in nutrition. A dietitian has also completed a rigorous dietetic internship, which gives 900 supervised hours of experience and passed a comprehensive registration examination. A registered dietitian is required to have ongoing continuing education to keep abreast of the latest research in the field, with a minimum of 75 CEUs per 5-year duration.
Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the scope of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training. For your safety and well-being, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your “nutritionist” could be very well educated or a complete amateur.
June Kuz is a RD and a licensed nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania; she also earned a Masters in Nutrition Science.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we do offer special promotions and give a discount for cash payments. Call for more details.