ANN THOLEN, RD, LD
ANN IS ABLE TO SEE PATIENTS AT OUR KATY OFFICE, MEDICAL CENTER OFFICE, AND BY VIRTUAL VISITS
Ann is a Registered Dietitian with nearly twenty years of experience in both outpatient and clinical setting (St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston Medical Center) to private practice with a proven track record of counseling individuals and groups with successful outcomes. She is a self starter, as witnessed by seeing a need for an outpatient education center in our local community hospital and starting one from the ground up. Most important was the success of this program that reached full capacity in a short time, with high physician approval and phenomenal feedback from patients alike.
Skilled in developing a motivating and very personal rapport with patients enabling patient success with regards to their individual nutrition and health goals. She is able to work as an integral part of the entire healthcare team to devise workable nutrition plans for patients. Ann works actively to stay abreast of current advances in medical nutrition therapy and has extensive experience in areas of weight loss, diabetes self management, cardiovascular, pediatrics and digestive health.
*THIS NEW PATIENT PACKET IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE NOT SEEN ANY CURRENT HOUSTON THYROID PHYSICIANS. THIS PACKET IS FOR OUTSIDE NEW PATIENTS REFERRED IN TO THE REGISTERED DIETITIAN ONLY. IF YOU ARE ESTABLISHED WITH A HOUSTON THYROID PHYSICIAN, YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THIS PACKET.
Ann can help to assess and educate you on a wide range of nutritional counseling and support, including diabetes management, gestational diabetes, geriatric support, weight loss or weight gain, food allergies, GI conditions, eating disorders, and more!
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?
Not all insurance plans require a referral order from your doctor. Call us at 713-795-0770 to speak with our billing office regarding your benefits.
For patients with Medicare, nutrition counseling may be covered.
Medicare will cover 3 visits per year for patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or kidney transplant with a referral from a doctor.
WHAT INSURANCES ARE ACCEPTED TO SEE THE REGISTERED DIETITIAN?
Currently our registered Dietitian is contracted with the following insurances:
*WE DO NOT ACCEPT MEDICAID AT THIS TIME.
BCBS HMO (with a referral authorization by the insurance)
BCBS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS (DO NOT ACCEPT MYBLUEADVANTAGE)
AETNA PPO/POS II
AETNA HMO (with a referral authorization by the insurance)
UNITED HEALTHCARE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
OSCAR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE
FRIDAY HEALTH PLANS
COMMUNITY HEALTH CHOICE MARKETPLACE (Prior authorization needed prior to visit)
MEMORIAL HERMAN INSURANCE PLANS
WHAT IS THE CASH PRICE VISIT?
We offer very competitive cash prices if needed. Please call our office at 713-795-0770 for more information.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIETITIAN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
A dietitian must have completed a bachelor's degree and at least 1200 hours in an accredited internship. Many dietitians also have master's degrees or specialty certifications. Ann Tholen will practice evidenced-based nutrition and is required to keep up with continuing education, as well as licensing and credentialing with the state.
Nutritionist is not a regulated term. A person who calls themselves a nutritionist may or may not have the required level of schooling or certification to use this title. Nutritionists cannot use the term dietitian unless they are licensed.