Food

Nutrition Services

(757) 668-7251

CHKD's nutrition services department offers individual nutrition counseling and assessment for children from birth to age 25.

Conditions We Treat 

  • Weight management
  • High cholesterol
  • Failure to thrive
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Eating disorders
  • Tube-feeding assessment

    Insurance and Referral Information

    You should get a referral from your doctor before setting up an appointment. Even if your insurance company does not usually require a referral, you should contact your insurance company to find out whether nutrition counseling is a covered benefit.

    Referrals should include the following information:

    • Patient name and age
    • Parent/guardian name
    • Contact phone number
    • Referring physician
    • Diagnosis
    • Insurance information

    Referrals and authorizations should be faxed to (757) 668-7179.

    Check in for outpatient appointments is on the first floor in the main hospital. Appointment days and hours vary, but are generally offered Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special arrangements for alternative appointment times is possible; call our office.

    We offer in-depth information about insurance in our billing and insurance section.

    Other Nutritional Resources

    In addition to the health information found in CHKD's health library, there are websites that provide more information.

    Nutrition Services Location

    (757) 668-7251

    More Than A Hospital

    Our Staff

    • Wendy Opetaia-Williamson, RD – Clinical Nutrition Manager

    Inpatient Dietitians

    • Joanna Turner, MS, RD – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Blue Team
    • Christina Test, RD – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Red Team
    • Michele “Dawn” Spurlock, RD – General Floors, Hospitalist
    • Brikeda Jazexhiu, MS, RD –  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Renal
    • Kari Drescher, MS, RD – Hematology, Oncology, Transitional Care Unit

    Outpatient and Specialty Clinic Dietitians

    • Melody Persinger, MS, RD, CSP – Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Dysphasia Clinic
    • Mary Jo Haney, RD, CSP – Outpatient Nutrition
    • Eileen Coffman, MS, RD – Genetic, Metabolic
    • Shelly Ferguson, RD – Sports Medicine, Ketogenic Diet
    • Lynn Kistler, MS, RD – Healthy Life for You Program
    • Nicole Famularo, RD – Diabetes Educator
    • Kari Vagstad, RD – Gastrointestinal Clinic