Nutrition Therapy

Empowering Palouse Residents with individualized, evidence-based nutrition, to optimize the health of our community.

Nutrition and physical fitness are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. Food is integral to our lives. We eat not only to nourish our bodies for growth, work and play, but also for pleasure. We realize the importance of healthy eating habits, but obtaining the most accurate information isn’t easy. Pullman Regional Hospital’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are here to help.

 

How our Dietitian Nutritionists can help:

They use their expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes by offering personalized nutrition counseling in a wide variety of areas. These include:

  • Healthy food choices for all age groups
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal disease (e.g. gluten intolerance, irritable bowel, diverticulosis)
  • Cancer
  • Food intolerances
  • Weight management
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Other health concerns requiring nutritional care

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect?
The initial visit will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. During that time, the dietitian will listen and gather your background information and health goals related to nutrition. She will work with you in developing an individualized plan for achieving your goals. More than one session may be required to help you reach positive outcomes.

Does insurance cover Nutrition Therapy?
Many insurance plans will cover the visits. Some insurances require a referral from a health care provider. Check with your insurance to verify coverage. Our hospital will bill your insurance.

What if I do not have insurance?
Without insurance, you may qualify for Pullman Regional Hospital’s assistance program. Self-pay options are also available.

 
Other services we offer

 Contact Nutrition Therapy for more information or to make an appointment: 

(509) 336-7543

Media
Minding the Energy Gap

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa Francik discusses what factors contribute to unwanted weight gain and how small changes to diet and lifestyle can help you maintain a healthy weight throughout your life.

Talk with your health care provider

Ask your provider if your medical condition could be improved by a change in your eating habits and food choices. If the answer is “yes,” ask for a referral to our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Healthy Steps Together Program

Join our 12-week comprehensive weight management program and find the support you need from a group of individuals facing similar challenges.

Our Staff
Marilyn Burch
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Marilyn works as the Director of Nutrition Therapy at Pullman Regional Hospital. With a lifelong love of education, Marilyn assists people in achieving their nutritional goals.

Melissa Francik
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Melissa enjoys working with people of all ages in English and Spanish, using nutrition to promote health and wellness in our community.

Leah Haak Beck
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Leah has a curiosity with food and science and enjoys working with patients to optimize health through evidenced-based nutrition practices.