I am a special type of Registered Dietitian who works with patient's who have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like SIBO, and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This may have been a wake-up call to re-dedicate nutritional changes or attempt to gain nutritional clarity:
I am sensitive to the needs of those who have issues with their thyroid, GI issues or kidneys. This may be from an unexpected onset or progressively over time. Together we work through issues, which make food choices challenging. The diagnosis of Hashimoto's, SIBO or CKD may change certain needs the body has with gluten, forms of carbohydrates and types of foods with electrolytes, which may make grocery shopping and mealtime confusing. Our goal is to help you move ahead confidently to improve and protect your residual thyroid, reduce bloating, pain, GI distress and support kidney function. Even if underlying issues, such as diabetes, hypertension and liver disease complicate matters.
Our goal is to find balance between nurturing and protecting function while enjoying the quality in your life.
My name is Denise Coventry, I’m a fifth generation Arizonan. My formative years began on a multi-generational family citrus ranch. As the first child in a family of four, I protected all small ranch animals through spirited tantrums, saving the hens from processing day and released all meat rabbits from the rabbitry prior to their untimely fate.
Although not a vegetarian, my appreciation for food’s impact developed into an education in Nutrition, when I learned Vitamin C was studied at ASU. The same Vitamin C found in our citrus! As fate would have it, in the pursuit of education, I met my muse of 30 years in that chemistry class resulting in our marriage, and two spectacular children.
Whether you prefer hands-on and in-person assistance to get your questions answered or you would prefer a telehealth appointment, both options are available to you.
Mission statement –
"Provide individualized attention as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that fosters and nurtures wellbeing in a healthy lifestyle. Cultivate service and involve our surrounding community. Develop an ongoing committed enrichment that endures far past my lifetime. "
Stage III Kidney Disease may be a covered benefit of your medical insurance plan, to see a registered dietitian when accompanied with a referral from your provider. You may contact your medical insurance company to ask if they will reimburse for CPT code 97802, and 97803 to ensure minimal out of pocket cost.
Medicare may reimburse for 3 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy Initially with a diagnosis code of CKD III, IV, or V, (if not on dialysis,) as well as 2 hours each following year. A referral from your primary care physician is also required.
Many insurance companies allow reimbursement of 100% for a Registered Dietitian to provide "Nutrition Counseling Services." This may include between 3 to 10 hours of "preventative" care. Other diagnosis, such as Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease may also be covered at 100% reimbursement of the customary fee.
When faced with these diagnoses, learning how to protect your thyroid, GI tract and kidneys from further damage can be readily assisted with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in this type of care. Once chronic kidney disease (CKD) has progressed to stage III or greater, your doctor may have introduced you to words like, "bone management", "phosphate control", "watch your potassium". You may have been told to go gluten free or "cut your carbs." This may have made sense in the office, but not once your in the grocery store, looking at a menu, or trying to do your own on-line research. Let's get you answers! We will individualize the process for you by learning through an assessment what contributed to this, change course as best we can with food, (what works well, and what to limit or avoid) we can make a menu and grocery list with your input, we will monitor and evaluate lab results to ensure opportunities are meeting your changing needs.
If you struggle with a diagnosis that affects your eating, you should know that we believe clients can make adjustments to live a healthy, happy life.
Whether you would like assistance with Hashimoto's, GI concerns or chronic kidney disease, introducing new eating habits and foods will be easier when you have expertise at your side. Food can drastically alter how effective and quickly the outcome will work. Our goal is to set you up for success and shift how food is working for you.