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Nutrition

Nutrition Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham

The BID-Needham Outpatient Nutrition Clinic is now located at 145 Rosemary Street, Suite D, in Needham. 

The Registered Dietitians in the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic provide comprehensive nutrition assessments and counseling to meet each individual's nutrition needs. Our goal is to teach patients how food and nutrition affect health and well-being-specifically how nutrition therapy can aid in maintaining overall health and manage health conditions. Nutrition counseling is available for a variety of needs, including, but not limited to the following conditions: 

  • Heart Disease (high cholesterol, high blood pressure)
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes) 
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Irritable Bowel Disease/Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD/IBS), Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease 
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Cancer 
  • Weight Management 
  • Prenatal Nutrition

Registered Dietitians are considered the food and nutrition experts who can help you meet your health and nutrition goals. Our dietitians are registered with the American Dietetic Association and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They are required to participate in ongoing professional education. Some dietitians are certified in specialized areas of nutrition such as diabetes, renal, pediatrics, oncology, weight management and sports nutrition.

Our Registered Dietitians work closely with patients, families and health care providers to improve health and nutritional status. Dietitians can help you reach your goal with some coaching on how to read food labels and manage portion control. To schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians, call (781) 453-8505.

Your Visit With A Registered Dietitian

Initial one-on-one visits last about an hour. Follow-up visits are encouraged to monitor your progress and answer any new questions about the best way to reach your goals. Follow-up appointments usually last 30-45 minutes.

Heart health group classes are also now offered. These classes are scheduled for 60-90 minutes.

Insurance Coverage

It is up to you, the patient, to find out if your medical insurance plan covers outpatient nutrition counseling. Please also ask your insurance company if you need a referral for a visit. If you do, please be sure process the referral before your appointment.

Please note: If you have Medicare B as your primary insurance, the only coverage for nutrition counseling is for a diagnosis of Diabetes or Non-dialysis Kidney Disease.

Scheduling Information

To schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians, please call (781) 453-8505. Dietitians are in the office Monday through Saturday.

Parking

Parking is free. Please find a spot designated for our address. 

Registration

When you arrive at Suite D, please have a seat in the waiting room. You do not need to check in at the front desk. Your dietitian will bring you back to the Nutrition Clinic at the time of your appointment. If you have any questions, you may ask the staff at the front desk.

Please have your insurance card and identification with you. You will be asked the reason for your nutrition visit. Please provide the actual medical diagnosis from your referring physician, such as: obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, etc. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled visit so you will have time to fill out the necessary paperwork in registration.

Nutrition Department Contact Information:

Phone: (781) 453-8505
Fax: (781) 453-8542

Outpatient Registered Dietitians: 

Jeanine Ledoux, MS, RD, LDN
Michele Morgan, RD, LDN
Alison Kaplanes MS, RD, LDN, CDE

For additional nutrition resources please go to: 

www.eatright.org

www.choosemyplate.gov

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Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-453-3000