Nutrition Services

(757) 668-7142

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

Conditions We Treat 

    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) 668-9108.

    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) 668-7142

    Our Fax Number

    (757) 668-8678

    Our Staff

    • Carolyn Kusenda, MS, RD, CNSD, CSP – Clinical Nutrition Manager

    Inpatient Dietitians

    • Elizabeth Fay, MS, RD – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Lena Husnay, RD – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Carly Kliment, RD – General Floors, Hospitalist, Rehab
    • Michele Spurlock, RD  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Flexi
    • Erica Schnurbusch, RD – Hematology, Oncology, Transitional Care Unit
    • Erica Taupier, MS, RD, CDE – Renal Dietitian
    • Ashley Musick, MS, RD – PRN Dietitian

    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
    • Sue Fogarty, MS, RD – Sports Medicine
    • Lynn Kistler, MS, RD – Healthy Your for Life Program
    • Bryony Kean, RD – Healthy You for Life Program
    • Cathryn Williams, RD – Gastrointestinal Clinic