General FAQ

Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, insurance does not cover our consulting services at this time. Depending on insurance, some testing may be covered. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash. Some FSA and HSA cards can be used here.
What do I send prior to my first appointment?
Please complete the Intake Form consisting of a Health Appraisal Questionnaire and Food Diary that we will either email or mail to you prior to your first appointment. You may also send any labs tests that you have from other healthcare practitioners. The more information that your clinician has prior to your appointment, the better she will be able to advise you and create a more customized plan. 
How do we assess client’s needs?
Our clinicians rely on their academic background, extensive experience, and ongoing continuing education training to create a Customized Support Program and Plan that fits your individualized needs. We use a combination of an extensive and detailed questionnaire, which you are asked to complete before your appointment, and a thorough interview. We consider the use of functional nutritional testing on an as needed basis.
How can I get my supplements between office visits, or after we are finished with formal counseling?
We encourage you to order through our online store where shipping is FREE for orders over $40. You may also order your supplements through the office by phoning us at 814-234-0785 or e-mailing us at bewell@bewellassociates.com.  
How long will I be in nutritional counseling?
Since the sessions are highly customized, this will depend on each person.  At each session, you and your clinician will decide, together, on the next step, including how often to meet in order to accomplish your goals. We are always here for clients on an as-needed basis even after initial programs are complete. 
I live far from State College. Do you work with people out of your area?
Yes, we work with people remotely as well as locally. In addition to in-person consultations, we also offer phone and Skype appointments.
What do CN and CNS mean?
CN stands for Certified Nutritionist. BeWell founder and senior nutritionist, Monica Montag is certified through the American Health Sciences University. Learn more about Monica’s background HERE. CNS stands for Clinical Nutrition Specialist, a designation earned by Mary Kate Gowdy. Learn more about Mary Kate’s background, HERE.
What does it mean to be Registered and/or Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition?
Becoming “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®” means our clinicians have earned professional recognition and validation for their knowledge and experience in holistic nutrition.
What do HHP and RMTP mean?
Monica was trained as a Holistic Health Practitioner at Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga. Mary Kate is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner.

Testing FAQ

How do I know which test kit I need?
Your clinician can help you decide which test kit is right for you. If you are new to BeWell Associates, we encourage you to set up a Free 15 Minute Consultation with to find out how we can help you. During your first full appointment with your clinician, you’ll discuss the options for testing and all the factors to consider.
Do I need to stop my medication prior to testing?
We never recommend stopping any prescribed medications before doing the tests. If you have specific questions, you can set up a FREE 15-Minute Consultation to go over your concerns or, if you are a current client, please email your clinician. 
Is testing necessary?
No, our clients do not have to do testing. Testing is helpful because it provides information on exactly what is going on in your body and leads to a more targeted plan, which heops you feel better faster. 

TRIAD (Blood/Urine)

Where do I go to get my blood drawn and do I need to make an appointment?
Locally, we use Mt. Nittany Medical Center (the hospital, not the building. in front of the hospital). You do not need to make an appointment for the Mt. Nittany Medical Center, which opens at 7:00AM. Huntingdon County residents can go to J.C. Blair. For clients outside of our area, you will get a bloodspot test to do at home.
How long do I fast?
You will need to fast for at least 10 hours.
Why do I have to cut back on water intake the day before?
For best results, your urine sample needs to be as concentrated as possible. Try not to go over 50 ounces of water the day before your test.
How do I pay for my Triad test? 
You pay the testing company directly by putting your credit card information on the form that goes along with the test. 
How do I get my test results?
We’ll also set up an appointment for you to go over the results. Payment for the results appointment is separate from payment for the test.

Flexi-Matrix (Hormone/Saliva)

Do I really have to fill the vial with saliva?
Yes! You will need to fill the saliva vials to the 5mL mark. This may take up to 30 minutes. Try to eliminate any bubbles by lightly tapping the vial on a hard surface.
How do I pay for my saliva test?
Pay BeWell directly at the time you get the test kit.
How do I get my test results?
We’ll also set up an appointment for you to go over the results. Payment for the results appointment is separate from payment for the test.