Thank you for making an appointment with the BID–Needham Outpatient Nutrition Clinic.


Before your initial appointment we recommend you call your Insurance Provider to determine coverage for Nutrition appointments.

What to ask your insurance provider:

  1. Does your insurance plan cover nutrition counseling?
  2. If you are covered, do you need a referral from your physician?
  3. Are you allowed a certain number of Nutrition appointments per calendar year?

For your reference, referrals can be made to the "BID–Needham Outpatient Department" and our NPI # is 1205893450.


If possible, we ask that you keep a written record of all foods eaten for 3 days prior to the visit- be specific! Include the time eaten and the amount consumed. If you are experiencing symptoms when eating certain foods, and these symptoms are related to why you are seeking nutrition counseling, please also record your symptoms before, during, and after meals.

Click here to download the Food Diary template


We are located at 145 Rosemary Street, Suite D in Needham (with the Wound Clinic and Joslin Diabetes Center). 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.


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