Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Lakeshore Family Medicine Center

At the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic, registered dietitians provide nutrition assessment and nutrition counseling to help treat and prevent disease through dietary changes. Nutrition counseling sessions are individualized to meet your needs and optimize your health and well-being.

We have two clinics in San Francisco — one at our Mount Zion campus at 1701 Divisadero St. on the fifth floor, and one at Lakeshore Family Medicine Center. When making an appointment, please make note of the location.

In addition, many outpatient adult and pediatric specialty clinics offer on-site nutrition assessment and counseling.

For patients interested in weight loss, please note that UCSF offers a Weight Management Program for adults though the Department of General Internal Medicine. The pediatric weight management program, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) is available through the Department of Pediatrics.

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Our Services

During counseling sessions, the dietitian will provide:

  • Assessment of your current eating habits and medical conditions
  • Nutrition recommendations based on current scientific evidence
  • Strategies to help you achieve a healthy and balanced diet
  • Individualized meal planning guidelines
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy

The management of medical conditions through nutritional intervention is called medical nutrition therapy (MNT).

Common conditions in which nutrition intervention plays an important role include:

General Nutrition Counseling

For those without a medical condition, the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic also offers general nutrition counseling to promote wellness and disease prevention. This service does not require a referral from your physician or nurse practitioner. These appointments are self-pay only. Please call the Nutrition Counseling Clinic for more information.

Learn more about nutrition in our Patient Education section.

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Getting Here

Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Lakeshore Family Medicine Center
1569 Sloat Blvd., Suite 333
San Francisco, CA 94132
Appointments: (415) 353-4174
Fax: (415) 353-2648

Hours: Wednesday
9:15 – noon, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Additional Locations
Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Mount Zion

What to Bring

    • For medical nutrition therapy, a written referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner is required. Please bring the referral to your appointment, if it has not already been mailed or faxed to the Nutrition Counseling Clinic. By law, you must have a written referral to receive medical nutrition therapy.
    • A copy of recent lab results, if the lab tests weren't performed at UCSF, or ask your doctor to fax labs results to us at (415) 353-2648.
    • A three-day food record — a written record of everything you eat and drink for three days — if possible.
    • Please make note of the clinic location for your appointment.

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

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Nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy is not always covered as an insurance benefit.

If your doctor is a member of Hill Physicians or Brown & Toland Medical Group, your nutrition appointment will be preauthorized. For all other medical groups or insurance companies, it may be necessary to obtain preauthorization for nutrition counseling services. Please contact the company to determine if nutrition counseling services will be covered. You may be required to self-pay for your appointment if your insurance does not cover nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy.

Nutrition counseling appointments for wellness and disease prevention are self-pay only.

Please call the Nutrition Counseling Clinic at (415) 353-2291 if you have specific questions about self-pay fees.


To refer an adult patient to the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic, please follow the steps below. To refer a pediatric patient, please visit our clinic's page on the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital website.

Step 1 — Referral Information

Please fax the following information to (415) 353-2648:

  • Referral form. Please be sure to include ICD-9 codes for diagnoses you wish the dietitian to address.
  • Pertinent medical records, including recent lab results, for patients outside of UCSF Medical Center.

Step 2 — Insurance Check

Nutrition counseling for medical nutrition therapy is often not covered as an insurance benefit. Patients should be informed that they may be required to self-pay if their insurance does not authorize nutrition counseling.

If the patient has Hill Physicians or Brown & Toland coverage, please submit a request for authorization. For other insurance plans, the patient should be instructed to contact his or her insurance company to determine whether nutrition counseling is a covered benefit. Authorization should be confirmed before an appointment is scheduled at the Nutrition Counseling Clinic.

Step 3 — Scheduling

Once you have sent the referral to the Nutrition Counseling Clinic and the insurance coverage is determined, ask the patient to call the Ambulatory Call Center at (415) 353-4174 to schedule a nutrition counseling appointment.