Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who work in the treatment and prevention of disease. They help people better understand how their everyday dietary choices can have a profound impact on their lives and overall health.
Abby Pattison is Mid-Valley Hospital’s registered dietitian (RD) who will work with your providers to help improve your health through quality food and lifestyle choices. You will meet with the dietitian on your appointment date for an individual nutrition consultation. Your nutrition needs will be assessed, and personalized recommendations will be offered. You may choose the area you wish to focus on and decide which goals you wish to achieve. Follow up visits will be scheduled as needed. The initial appointment is typically 60 minutes long, and then follow-up visits are flexible based on your needs and overall goals.
Ms. Pattison specializes in the following areas of medical nutritional therapy:
- Weight management
- Diabetes and management of other abnormal blood glucose diagnoses
- Heart disease (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, etc.)
- Liver and Kidney disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders (gluten free diet, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, etc.)
- Life-cycle/maternal nutrition
- Vegetarian/vegan diets
- Pediatric nutrition counseling: including any children with special health care needs see below for details.
Ms. Pattison provides Pediatric medical nutrition therapy and nutrition services for children with special health care needs. Good nutrition is essential for all children to achieve their physical and developmental potential. Children with special health care needs are at increased risk for nutrition-related problems such as:
- Delayed growth, underweight and overweight
- Feeding delays, oral-motor problems, or altered feeding interactions
- Inadequate or excessive diet quantity or quality
- Medication/nutrient interactions
- Elimination problems, i.e. constipation, diarrhea
- Altered energy and nutrients needs, i.e. inborn errors of metabolism
- Dental caries including early childhood caries (ECC) that may be related to inappropriate breastfeeding or bottle-feeding
- Poor or excessive appetite
It has been estimated that up to 40% of children with special health care needs have nutrition risk factors that could be helped by referral to a registered dietitian (RD).
Preventive nutrition services, as well as intervention for identified problems, can help assure a well-nourished child who is healthy, can participate in education and therapy programs, and is better able to function in all activities of daily life.
Please check with your insurance carrier to determine if they cover Medical Nutrition Therapy and any limitations to their coverage. Some insurance plans require a referral and/or prior authorization in order for the appointment to be covered. Please check with your insurance company to find out their requirements for covering a nutritional counseling appointment.
Appointments & Referrals
To Make an Appointment
Call Mid-Valley Scheduling at 509-826-7658
Patients may need a physician referral.