Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Mission Bay

At the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic, registered dietitians provide nutrition counseling to parents and their children from infancy through adolescence. Nutrition counseling includes an assessment of your child's growth, eating habits and nutritional adequacy.

Nutrition counseling can promote health and well-being, help with disease prevention and assist in the treatment of specific health problems.

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Our Services

During counseling sessions, the dietitian will provide:

  • Assessment of your child's current eating habits and medical conditions
  • Nutrition recommendations based on current scientific evidence
  • Strategies to help your child and family achieve a healthy and balanced diet
  • Individualized meal planning guidelines
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy

The management of medical conditions through nutritional intervention is called medical nutrition therapy (MNT).

Common conditions in which nutrition intervention plays an important role include:

  • Weight problems and obesity
  • High cholesterol and other lipid disorders
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems such as celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease, as well as constipation, heartburn or other more general concerns
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Growth concerns, inadequate nutrition

General Nutrition Counseling

The Nutrition Counseling Clinic offers general nutrition counseling to promote wellness and disease prevention. This service does not require a referral from your child's physician or nurse practitioner. These appointments are self-pay only. Please call the Nutrition Counseling Clinic for more information.

Nutrition education materials are available online.

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Getting Here

Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Mission Bay
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor (Pod 6B)
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-4174
Office: (415) 353-2291
Fax: (415) 514-4359

Hours: Friday
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

What to Bring

    • For medical nutrition therapy, a written referral from your child's doctor or nurse practitioner is required. Please bring the referral to your appointment, if it has not already been mailed or faxed to the Nutrition Counseling Clinic. By law, you must have a written referral to receive medical nutrition therapy.
    • A copy of recent lab results (non-UCSF patients only). You may ask your child's doctor to fax labs results to us at (415) 514-4359.
    • A three-day record of everything your child eats and drinks. Be sure to include portion sizes, using measuring cups and spoons if possible.
    • Your child's growth history including pediatric growth charts, if possible.

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Nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy is not always covered as an insurance benefit.

If your child's doctor is a member of Hill Physicians or Brown & Toland Medical Group, the nutrition appointment will be preauthorized. For all other medical groups or insurance companies, it may be necessary to obtain preauthorization for nutrition counseling services. Please contact the company to determine if nutrition counseling services will be covered. You may be required to self-pay for your child's nutrition appointment if your insurance does not cover nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy.

Nutrition counseling appointments for wellness and disease prevention are self-pay only.

Please call the Nutrition Counseling Clinic at (415) 353-2291 if you have specific questions about self-pay fees.


To refer a patient to the Nutrition Counseling Clinic, please follow the steps below.

Step 1 — Referral Information

Please fax the following information to (415) 514-4359:

  • Referral form. Please be sure to include ICD-9 codes for diagnoses you wish the dietitian to address.
  • Pertinent medical records, including growth chart. Include relevant lab results for patients outside of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Step 2 — Insurance Check

Nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy is often not covered as an insurance benefit. Parents should be informed that they may be required to self-pay if their insurance does not authorize nutrition counseling for their child.

If the patient has Hill Physicians or Brown & Toland coverage, please submit a request for authorization. For other insurance plans, the patient's family member should be instructed to contact the insurance company to determine whether nutrition counseling is a covered benefit. Authorization should be confirmed before an appointment is scheduled at the Nutrition Counseling Clinic.

Step 3 — Scheduling

Once you have sent the referral to the Nutrition Counseling Clinic and the insurance coverage is determined, ask the patient's family member to call the Ambulatory Call Center at (415) 353-2291 to schedule a nutrition counseling appointment.

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Jenny Janov
Jenny Janov, RD, MPH
Pediatric dietitian